Cootehill Arts Festival - some of the highlights

Friday, 24th August
 A 'salon'-themed pop culture event Culture Vultures  curated and presented by journalist and editor Tony Clayton-Lea. On the bill for this special event are three fantastic Irish acts The PaleBarry Devlin (Horslips), and writer Colm Keegan....

The Pale has ploughed its furrow for over 20 years, making music that has never imitated a style in order to fit into a passing trend. Ever the individualist, the band’s lead singer, Matthew Devereaux, has said that what he loves about the band is its “constant forward march in pursuit of the new, the striving for something of our own and the unflinching belief in the ability of music to express what it means to be human.”

Barry Devlin One of the co-founding members of iconic Irish trad/rock band Horslips, Barry Devlin has many strings to his bow. In an exclusive public interview with Irish Times writer Tony Clayton-Lea, he discusses his lengthy career as musician, scriptwriter, director, filmmaker, tutor - and a few more sideline activities besides. 

Colm Keegan Dublin poet/writer Colm Keegan teaches in schools, prisons, community centres, and addiction support groups across the country. His poems evoke what it’s like to live in a Dublin that avoids cliched description. His poetry, observes writer/poet Dermot Bolger, “brims with frenetic energy and a hard-earned street-wise lyricism, bereft of false notes or unearned experience." Colm’s latest collection, Randomer, is published by Salmon Poetry Press.

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Sunday, 26th August the Footsbarn big top marquee presents Glen Hansard, joined by Lisa O’Neill and folk duo The Murphy Beds for ‘Come On Up To The House’. Tickets on sale now

Cavan's Lisa O'Neill

Other highlights include...


22nd and 25th August step inside a parallel universe with Footsbarn Travelling Theatre with their performance of ‘Bottom's Dream’. Inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare they transform this classic by creating and place  a special emphasis on the world of the groundlings and of the supernatural.Tickets are available now on 

On Thursday, 23rd August, at 8.30pm ‘The Ronan Collins Showband Hits Show’ rolls into town. This is night of the greatest hits of the showband era, performed by Ronan, joined by Karen Black (Nevada Showband) on vocals plus the Sugar Cubes Band, complete with brass section. Tickets are on sale now on


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Date and time:

20 August 2018 to 25 August 2018


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