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Sligo Traditional Singers Circle

The Sligo Traditional Singers Circle was set up to encourage foster and perpetuate the singing tradition in the Sligo area by strengthening the bonds of friendship already established between The Sligo Traditional Singers and other singers both in Ireland and abroad.

We meet for our monthly sessions on the second Wednesday of each month ( 9.00 pm  in winter and 9.30 pm in summer) at Durkin’s Pub  in the village of Ballinacarrow  located between Collooney and Tubercurry on the main Sligo to Galway road.


Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend 2019

Our 2019 Festival will be held on Fri 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th October 2019. We have an exciting lineup of guests and we are looking forward to your company for the weekend. Confirmed guest artists are:

  • Thomas McCarthy
  • Patsy O’Hagan
  • Carmen Cullen
  • Micheál Marrinan

The venue, as ever, is the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, and it wouldn’t be the same without our Saturday visit to Coney Island, where we will hold our singing workshops, hosted by the McGowan family, and, of course, our singing/storytelling session on the island, hosted by residents of the island. Transport to the island will be organised and visitors will be fully informed of arrangements at the Friday evening session.

To introduce our guests:


Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy comes from Birr in County Offaly. The McCarthy family settled there generations ago. Thomas comes from a long line of old traditional singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong.  He was awarded the Traditional Singer of the Year in the Gradam Ceoil Awards 2019.



Patsy O’Hagan

A three-time winner of the Bard of Armagh, Patsy O’Hagan hails from Ardboe, and is one of the finest composers of humorous verse in the traditional style.

O’Hagan started writing, ‘About 15 years ago … to try and let people see the humour and fun in everyday life’. When asked if he would still write even if he never won a competition, he replied: ‘Yes! I would! I don’t write to win competitions. I write to please myself—and my audience’, continuing ‘My audience is most important’.



Carmen Cullen

Carmen Cullen is a niece of the great Delia Murphy, and we look forward to Carmen’s presentation on the life and career of her famous aunt.

 Hello Delia Murphy, is a  a combination of songs and story about a unique Irish singer and performer, who was also my aunt.  Delia Murphy was my mother’s sister and Hello Delia Murphy has been devised by me. I give the talk and sing her songs, accompanied by  musician Gerry Anderson.
Delia Murphy was a pioneering figure in her day. Unparalleled in her contribution to Irish song, she is credited with laying the ground -work for the Irish Folk revival. This is an amazing  opportunity to  listen to her songs and hear her story performed by a family member.
No woman performer made a bigger impact on the Irish Entertainment scene since Delia Murphy. In the late 1930s, all through the war years, and for may years afterwards, she had the nation singing along with her in songs like The Spinning Wheel, Three Lovely Lassies from Bannion, The Moonshiner and Dan O’Hara. She was a unique personality on stage and off, and became the first Irish performer to effectively sue the media to promote her career.
This talk is special for the following reasons:
  • Hello Delia Murphy is told and Delia’s songs are performed by a family member.
  • The event provides a unique slant on Irish Social History and the cultural climate of the times.
  • It underlines the fearless nature of Delia Murphy as a woman and as a singer, who promoted Irish folk songs and ballads at a time it was almost impossible for a married woman with children to have a public profile, in particular in the show-business world.
  • This illustrated talk allows audiences to re-connect with their past and sing along with songs much loved and fondly remembered.
  • Delia was married to Ambassador Thomas Kiernan and Hello Delia Murphy looks at how he helped her in her career, despite the


Micheál Marrinan

Micheál hails from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and  currently lives in Cúl na Smear, Co. Waterford. His commitment to the singing tradition in both English and Irish led him to indulge his natural flair for writing verses. His ballad making style echoes the brilliance of the revered rhymers of old using musical assonance to intone his stories. He leads a long line of modern ballad makers with a freshness of style in the quality of his verses. Michael is a singer, a dreamer, a poet, a songwriter, a lover of the land and the old ways and sayings.



Booking the Hotel for the Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend Festival

As mentioned above, the festival will be based in the Yeats Country Hotel in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.

We have negotiated a special weekend festival rate for Friday night and Saturday night. Check with the hotel for details.

  1. When booking on-line, use email sales@yeatscountryhotel.com and please use the booking code Frank Finn 2019, to ensure that you take advantage of the special weekend rate
  2. Bookings can be taken over the phone at +353 719177211 , but please remember to explain that you will be a participant in the Frank Finn festival weekend, to ensure you get the special weekend rate.

We look forward to meeting you for what promises to be a very enjoyable weekend.

The Festival is a bilingual weekend of singing,  workshops, informal singing sessions, storytelling, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a field trip

It features local and visiting singers, speakers, academics, storytellers.

To contact members of the organising committee call:

Deirdre on +353 863097596


Frank on +353 874182185



We wish to acknowledge the support of:

  1. The Arts Council
  2. Sligo County Council Arts Office
  3. Durkin’s Bar, Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo
  4. Harry’s Bar, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
  5. Austie’s Public House and Restaurant, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
  6. Fáilte Ireland
  7. MSL ETB
  8. Foras na Gaeilge
  9. Ocean FM
  10. CCE, Ceoláras Coleman, Gortín, Co. Sligo


Monthly Sessions

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Our next session will be held at 9.30 pm in Durkins Pub Ballinacarrow on Wednesday 11th Sept. 2019.








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