Spraoi Chiarraí

If you’re a fan of Irish traditional music or just interested in widening your musical palette then it’s good news because Spraoi Chiarraí are kicking off the first of their summer concerts at the beginning of the month of June.

Summer is finally here. Spraoi Chiarraí are back. This Killarney based Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance performance collective is presenting a feast of entertainment with the finest young local performers. They had great success over the last ten summers.

Spraoi Chiarraí is a Killarney based traditional music, song and dance performance collective, fostering the finest local talent. They’ve had great success organising summer concerts in Killarney for the last 9 summers and they’re back this year with another round of exciting shows.

The best news of all is the admission to these concerts is totally free so you have absolutely no excuse not to sample some of Killarney’s finest young musical talents.

The concerts will be running throughout the summer and their first concert is on the first Saturday in June in St Mary’s Church of Ireland (Not to be confused with St Mary’s Cathedral, this is the church opposite the Plaza Hotel at the beginning of Main Street).

Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Kerry County Council (Kerry Arts Act & Community Support Funds) Main Sponsor, Killarney Chamber of Commerce (print sponsor).

These FREE Concerts will take place in two venues in the town. There are 5 evenings (“In Concert”), at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland opposite the (Town Hall), 2 Open Air concerts (“Trip to the Cottage”) at Deenagh Lodge (opposite Killarney Cathedral), in the National Park.

The concerts feature Fiddle, Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute & Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Vocals as well as (Irish Dancing and Irish Storytelling outdoor only). All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm.

These concerts are be led by local musician Tim O’Shea and accompanying him will be his traditional collective featuring many young and upcoming local traditional musicians.

Instruments featured in the performance will include fiddles, harps, uileann pipes, flute & whistles, harmonicas and guitars. This concert has been running for years and has proved very popular among locals and tourists alike. Admission is free and the concert begins at 8pm.

The aims of Spraoi ChiarraÍ are:


- To showcase our local young Irish Traditional talent.

- To mentor & provide a platform for young performers to experience a real concert high profile setting

- To hone their performance skills & work in a team with a sense of ownership of the concert.

- To celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West of Ireland.

- To offer a free, quality, family, cultural experience for locals & visitors to Killarney over the summer months.

- To open new quality venues in Kerry for Irish Traditional Performance.

The “In Concert “programme features solo or duet of 20mins and then a 3 piece traditional band. The “Trip To The Cottage” programme is usually outdoor and features a 3 piece band 8 young set dancers and a live storyteller (Seanchai). Be sure to catch These finest traditional performers for free.

Hope to see you there Contact Tim @ 087-2814550 for further information for free.

Tim O'Shea,
Lackeen Productions, c/o Variety Sounds, College Street,
Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Phone: + 353 87 2814550


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