A Buzzing Summer Series

The highly anticipated Clancy Brothers Festival Summer Series begins this weekend from Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25. 

With a series of six weekends of music, drama and art, the reimagined Clancy Brothers Festival kicks off on Friday July 23 with the ‘Bee Wild’ stage at the Farmers’ Market in the Heritage Centre grounds. 

This pop up stage will feature live performances by local and visiting writers and musicians responding to this year’s festival theme, ‘Respecting and Healing Mother Earth’, and curated by Margaret O’Brien from Writing Changes Lives in association with the Tudor Artisan Hub. Writers include Maura Barrett, John Corcoran, Billy Fenton, Kate Gordon, Mary Hanrahan, Breda Joyce, Breda Lonergan Ryan, Mary McGrath, Tom Mullane, Fionnuala O’Shea and Patricia Weldon. The stage will run from 11am to 1.30pm.

Friday night sees the Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society take to the Strand Theatre stage for ‘Musical Society Goes Folk Vol. 3’ at 8pm in the Strand Theatre. Welcoming live music back to the Strand Theatre for the first time since February 2020, this is sure to be a memorable night as members of the award winning Musical Society take to the stage to perform many much-loved folk songs. This concert is now booked out, however there will be another opportunity to see this show on Friday, August 5. Limited tickets will be available for €10 from https://www.ticketsource.eu/strandtheatre

On Saturday, kayaks will take to the river as part of an introduction to kayaking with Pure Adventure in association with the Lions Club’s ‘Diabetes Awareness’ programme, promoting regular physical activity to help prevent and delay type 2 diabetes. Always a popular event at the Clancy Brothers Festival, this is also now booked out. 

Closing out the first weekend in the Summer Series will be a very special online streamed Music Session recorded at Keever’s Pub, Faugheen, with renowned local musicians Panie Bartley, Maria O’Shea Enright, Breege Phelan and Will McLellan performing an eclectic mix of popular and contemporary folk ballads. The stream will begin at 9pm on Sunday July 25.

The Art Trail

Over the 6 weeks the reimagined Art Trail, curated by the Tudor Artisan Hub, will showcase a host of diverse visual art displays in unusual ways. 

The Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club has been busy as bees Yarn Bombing the trees in town offering a beautiful funky array of colours in the town centre.  

You will be treated to the launch of the visiting ‘Out My Window’ project which is an international collaborative project between Digital Animation Production students at LIT Clonmel and Animation students from Bradley University in Peoria, USA. 

The Seán Healy Library is set to host the ‘Lockdown Is/Was’ mixed media sketch book created by artist Sheila Wood using lines written as a collaborative poem by the Poetry Plus Writers Collective hosted on Zoom during Lockdown 1, 2020. 

‘En Plein Air’ Artists from the Tudor Artisan Hub will be setting up their easels in various locations throughout the town and along the Blueway when the sun shines.

More events in the Clancy Brothers Festival Summer Series

The Summer Series is jam packed with events over six weekends from July 23rd to August 29th. With a full programme of events evolving as COVID restrictions allow, the Clancy Brothers Festival Summer Series promises varied and entertaining six weekends in Carrick-on-Suir.

More Concerts to look out for

  • Clancy Family and Friends concert at the Brewery Lane Theatre featuring Kevin Power, Niamh Power, Gay Brazel, Lorna Hennessey, Paney Bartley, Phila Grace and Kristof Roberts.
  • Sionnach
  • The Backyard Band
  • The Wood of O with Sandra Power and Martin Murray
  • Neill Bourke, Kate MacDonald and Aidan O’Callaghan and Graham Clancy

Booking details to be announced.

More to Enjoy

There will be pop up music and spoken word stages in venues including the Heritage Centre and the Castle Park. 

The Brewery Lane Theatre will present a one act play, ‘Lovers and Losers’, with Neill Bourke, Maria Clancy, Sandra Power and Ester Byrne. 

There will be walks, a Dog Fancy Dress, Tai Chi at the Seán Healy Library, and art exhibitions throughout town, indoors and out.

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Now in its fourteenth year, the Clancy Brothers Festival owes much of its success to the goodwill and financial support of the people and businesses of Carrick-on-Suir, and the festival thanks its sponsors, patrons and supporters for their generous contributions over the years.
We are very grateful for everyone’s support during this challenging year as our team continues to work hard to help get the Arts back on its feet and make the 2021 Clancy Brothers Festival one to truly look forward to!
The Festival will hugely benefit the hospitality, culture, arts, non-essential businesses and tourism sectors in the town which have been so badly impacted by the pandemic.







Every June Bank holiday weekend music, art and tradition flows through the streets of Carrick-On-Suir as the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art takes place.

Tommy Dignam, Cara Clery, Cian Clery, Ciara Drohan and Sadhbh Clery looking forward to the Clancy Brothers Festival 2018

The festival honours the musical legacy of the influential Irish folk music group of the 1960s, ‘The Clancy Brothers’, whose home town was Carrick-On-Suir and who are credited with popularising Irish folk song across the world.

There’s music and art in the theatres, in the pubs and on the streets…so come to Carrick-on-Suir for the Clancy Brothers Festival on the June Bank Holiday where there’s music and magic in the air!

The Festival embraces the local community and showcases the exceptional local talent in performing, visual & multi-disciplinary arts. Carrick-on-Suir boasts so much talent for a small community and The Clancy Brothers Festival is the perfect way to showcase local talent as well as national and international artists.

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‘The Clancy Brothers Festival is a magical little festival. There is music in the air, and storytelling and poetry. Go soak in the great tradition of melody and balladry that is the legacy of the Clancys’, John Spillane.