The Gathering Traditional Festival Killarney

The Gathering Traditional Music Festival is regarded as being one of the best traditional events in Ireland.

County Kerry is a place that is filled with rich history and fascinating attractions as well as diverse and exciting culture. Many people who visit the County come here to soak up the fascinating culture and there are many ways in which this can be done.

For those keen to soak up some culture in a fun and unique way, hiring and bus and heading to the popular The Gathering Traditional Festival is the perfect solution.

Held in Killarney in County Kerry, this fabulous, exciting, and hugely popular event is set to take place every February. This is a festival that will attract people from all walks of life and from all around Ireland and beyond, with many deciding to hire buses and turn up in their droves in order to enjoy the excitement, fun, and cultural entertainment that is available in such abundance at this event.

This is a festival that is always full of surprises, with a whole host of exciting activities, events, and entertainment. One thing that won’t come as a surprise, however, is the huge popularity of the event, which is always a great success and is attended by people of all ages who are looking for a wonderful, memorable, and fun cultural gathering to enjoy.

With everything from exciting performances and concerts through to workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this event, making it well worth attending if you want a unique cultural experience.

The five day events includes concerts, Ceilí, instrument masterclasses, set dance & seannós workshops, numerous free music sessions, a full education programme and much more.

This is a lively weekend of traditional music & dance which celebrates the rich culture and diversity of traditional Irish music and dance. Events are very varied and include live concerts, set dance classes, instrument workshops and lectures.

From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís, celebrating the craic and culture of Irish traditional music and dance, The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses.

Other events include instrument and dancing master classes,  a young musicians and a young singers concert, lectures, a school’s programme and lots more.

This festival always draws some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians, both to play and to meet up with each other. Some of the highlights over the years have been performances by Altan, Dervish, Martin Hayes, Noel Hill, Sean Keane & Liam O’Flynn and many more great musicians. Céilí Highlights have included the likes of Johnny Reidy, The Allow Ceili Band, Tim Joe & Anne O’Riordan among many others.

Other highlights include the Schools Outreach Music Programme and the much loved Session on the Lakes of Killarney.

Want to know more about traditional Irish music or pick up a few tips and tricks – why not attend an Educational Workshop or two.

There are also events that cater for the whole family, so why not bring the kids and make an occasion of it. There is no better way to introduce your children to the art of traditional Irish music.

This is a great weekend not just for hard core trad fans, but for anyone who enjoys traditional music and culture or just having a good time with friendly people.

Book your tickets and accommodation now for your favourite event at The Gathering Festival. You can book tickets individually or choose from either a 2 or 3 day Festival Accommodation Package which includes FREE COMPLIMENTARY access to all events at The Gathering Festival.

Alternatively choose our Gathering Weekend Pass which includes admission to all concert, ceilis, sessions and The Green Room Festival Club. (Excludes Workshops, Music Trip to Scartaglen, Sliabh Luachra tour).

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Event Enquiries:


Accommodation Enquiries:

Tel: +353 (0) 64 667 1550
Fax: +353 (0) 64 663 2646
Post: The Gathering, C/O The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry Ireland

Music Enquiries:

Tel: +353 (0) 87 234 8824

Set-Dancing Enquiries:

Tel: +353 (0) 87 950 9256 OR +353 (0) 87 940 350

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