Join us for the final weekend of the Clancy Brothers Festival Summer Series!

On Saturday afternoon we have our annual Youth Busking Competition, which this year will be in the Castle Park due to COVID guidelines, a concert in the Strand Theatre on Saturday night, ‘Keeping Summer Alive’ with Aidan O’Callaghan & Graham Clancy, Kate McDonald and Neill Bourke, and on Sunday the Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club hosts a Family Biodiversity Day in Carrickbeg.

*PLEASE NOTE: We have a change to announce in the line-up for the upcoming live music concert in the Strand Theatre this Saturday night August 28, 2021. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, singer/songwriter Neill Bourke is unable to perform and in his place we welcome local renowned singer/songwriter/musician Gay Brazel.

Calling all Youth Buskers!

Castle Park | 2pm | Saturday August 28th | €5 per Entry – Free to Watch!

Our final weekend sees the Under 18s Youth Busking Competition return to Carrick-on-Suir

This year’s competition will be in the Castle Park from 2pm. Solo, duo and group acts can enter for €5, and the competition is open for entry from Thursday August 12.

You can download an entry form here and return to the Tudor Artisan Hub, Main Street.

Entries are limited so please don’t delay, get your entry forms in!

The competition is free to watch, so come along and support the youth buskers in the beautiful Castle Park.

Full details including competition rules, covid-19 regulations and entry forms can be accessed here.

Bring a blanket, chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy some fabulous live music out in the open. 

Current Covid-19 restrictions apply, so please mind social distancing and take care of one another…See you on Sunday!

Keeping Summer Alive Concert *

Strand Theatre | 8pm | Saturday August 28th

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Aidan O’Callaghan & Graham Clancy, Kate McDonald and Gay Brazel* in Concert

*PLEASE NOTE: We have a change to announce in the line-up for the upcoming live music concert in the Strand Theatre this Saturday night August 28, 2021. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, singer/songwriter Neill Bourke is unable to perform and in his place we welcome local renowned singer/songwriter/musician Gay Brazel.

On Saturday 28th, August 2021 in the Strand Theatre as part of the reimagined Clancy Brothers Festival Summer Series – we bring you ‘Keeping Summer’ a very special live music concert featuring these four incredibly talented singer/songwriters. You will be treated to an evening of new original folk indie, acoustic folk music, much of the material was written during the pandemic and will be heard for the first time live on this Night. Each of the musicians will fuse their new music with popular covers. Seating is very limited, so don’t delay, secure your seats to-day.

Aidan O’Callaghan and Graham Clancy, from Carrick on Suir have been performing together for over 20 years in various guises and under differing monikers, Aidan, ( Vocals/guitar ), and Graham, (Guitar/mandolin), certainly have experience on their side. Formerly of original group Amber Jean, they have played in many of the country’s top venues alongside some of its most established acts as well as receiving extensive airplay on both local and national airwaves. Back in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, this superb duo wowed audiences at various intimate Art Events throughout the South East as they debuted their fantastic new original folk indie material blended with an assortment of covers.

Kate McDonald is a singer/songwriter originally from County Down, now living in South Tipperary. Kate has been playing guitar and singing for a number of years, playing solo and singing backing vocals for other musicians. Kate writes her own original material, (acoustic folk), and has supported John Spillane in Cleere’s bar Kilkenny. Kate has played in many venues across the South East and performed at the 2019 Clancy Brothers Festival on the Caravan of love stage.

Neill Bourke has been a singer/songwriter from Carrick on Suir for over twenty five years now, playing at pubs, clubs and private functions and has even travelled as a soloist entertainer on Carnival Cruise ships as far afield as Sydney, New Caledonia, L.A and Mexico and was lucky enough to open for English troubadour Passenger on his 2012 Aussie tour. Upon his return he took part in his first Clancy Festival and won both the Busking and Eoghan Power Memorial Singing Competition in 2013 and is delighted to be involved yet again this year. His original music is described as Acoustic Folk.

Seating is strictly limited due to COVID guidelines.

Tickets €18.50 from

Lions Club Family Biodiversity Day

Carrickbeg | 10.30am & 2.30pm | Sunday August 29th | FREE

We are delighted to announce the full details for the Biodiversity Family Day hosted by Carrick-on-Suir Lions Club coming up this Sunday August 29th, 2021 as part of the reimagined Festival Summer Series.

What a fantastic event to wrap up this fabulous 6 week programme!

At 10.30am you and your family can enjoy To the Woods and Waters Wild – a 2 hour Nature Walk from the riverbank at Dillon Bridge to Carrickbeg Hill and woodlands and back!

In the afternoon from 2.30 – 4pm, join us for Wild about Carrick Family Nature Day in the Bog Field, behind Glanbia, Carrickbeg.

Here you will enjoy –

  • Carrick’s Biggest Nature Table Ever
  • Carraig Art – Stone painting…all materials provided
  • Nature Book Exchange….bring one, take one
  • Bug Hunt with Marc Ó hEachighearna
  • Meet Leo the Lion and Much More!

This wonderful event is supported by the Local Authority Waters programme. It will be a lovely family Day out to enjoy before the children return to school.

Current Covid-19 health & safety regulations apply. So please be mindful of social distancing and take care of one another.

Hope to see you there!

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.

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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.

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.