Doolin tunes up for Russell Memorial Weekend

Doolin tunes up for Russell Memorial Weekend


Russell Memorial Weekend Festival details confirmedThe Russell Memorial Weekend Festival is taking place from Friday 27th to Sunday 1st of March 2015 in Doolin.

The following events have been confirmed for the weekend that marks the 21st festival commemorating the traditional legacy of the Russell family from Doolin. Further details of festival events and concert appearances will be announced as they become available.

Friday Night Entertainment

A concert featuring a host of local musicians and up-and-coming young talent. (Further details to be announced) Doors open at 7pm. All are welcome.

Russell Concert – Featuring Dessie O’Halloran, Kieran Hanrahan, Johnnie O’Halloran, Damien O’Reilly, Padraic O’Reilly, Seamus O’Connell, Ronan Flaherty

The highlight of the festival is the Russell Concert which takes place on Saturday 28th Feb between 2pm and 4-30pm in the Russell Cultural Centre.

It features singer and musician Dessie O Halloran from Inishbofin, Co. Galway. Dessie will be performing songs from his latest album and be joined on stage by a bunch of hugely talented musicians including his brother Johnnie O’Halloran, Kieran Hanrahan, Caitlín Ni Gabhann, Damien O’Reilly, Padraic O’Reilly, Seamus O’Connell, and Ronan Flaherty.

The concert will be followed by a food and wine reception. Tickets at the door. (Doors open at 1-30pm)

Russell Remembrance Mass

On Sunday March 1st at 1 pm the Anniversary Remembrance Mass for the Russells will take place at Doolin Church to the accompaniment of hymns and songs from the Doolin church choir. It will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave, with songs of farewell and tunes in memory of the dead.

Cliff walk along the old Moher Road

A three-hour guided walk setting out from O’Connor’s pub in Doolin along the sea cliffs leading to the Cliffs of Moher will be led by local historian Patrick Sweeney on Saturday the 28th Febuary at 10am. The walk will take you to many places associated with the Russells and their music including the rock formation known as the “Piper’s Chair”, which is supposed to have given its name to a favourite jig often played by Micho. Appropriate hiking footwear, warm clothing and rainwear is advised for those taking part.

Singing recital

Following the Russell concert there is the ever popular informal traditional singing recital on Saturday 28th Feb at 5pm in the Russell Cultural Centre, All welcome. Adm Free.

Set Dancing

Set dancing will be held at 7pm on Sunday March 1st at the Russell Cultural Centre. Music is by the ever-popular Five Counties Céilí Band, who were Senior Céilí band winners at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan in 2012. The “five counties” is the eponym of a very talented group of young musicians and band members who hail from Cork, Clare, Waterford, Limerick, and Antrim. The current line-up includes: Alan Finn (Cork) on accordion, fiddle players Mairead Fitzgibbon and Aileen O Callaghan from Cork and Tara Breen from Clare, Rory McMahon (Clare) on Concertina, Noel Clancy (Waterford) on drums, Eoin O’Sullivan (Limerick) on banjo and Francis Ward (Antrim) on piano, flute players are Humphrey Murphy (Cork) and Siobhan Hogan (Clare). Tickets €10 at the door. Refreshments served.

Workshops Saturday & Sunday

Workshops take place on Sat 28th and Sun March 1st between 10-30am – 12-30pm: Caitríona Rouine on fiddle in McGann’s Pub, Terry Bingham on concertina in McDermott’s Pub, Christy Barry on concert flute and tin whistle in O’Connor’s Pub, and Colin Nea on accordion in Hotel Doolin. Workshops cost €20 per workshop or €30 for both workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Workshop registration is at the venue. For further information please contact +353 (0)65- 7074168, 7074328, 7074133, 085 2497843 or Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111.

Music Sessions

Events for the weekend would not be complete without the Monday night (March 2nd) “festival wrap-up” sessions and indeed the many informal live music sessions that continue throughout the weekend in Doolin’s pubs and Hotel Doolin. Details of festival events and concert appearances will be announced as they become available. Last updated Feb 1st, 2015.

Further Information: email: or telephone +353 (0)65- 7074168, 7074328, 7074133, 085 2497843 or Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111