Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival
June 20th-23th 2024
21 Mar 2020

Jim Dowling Festival 2020

With all that is going around at the moment regarding the Covid-19 we are tentatively announcing that we can look forward to another great Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival for 2020. We will keep an eye on the situation and make a call down the line closer to the dates or worst case scenario, reschedule the event.

Taking place in Glengarriff from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st June it promises to be another cracking festival with some great acts on the way.

Kicking off the Thursday night we have 3 On The Bund, a great new band who came together after meeting in the University of Limerick’s prestigious Irish World Academy in March 2019.

On the Friday we are bringing the legends – Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny with support from Padraig McGovern who will play at the Eccles Hotel. This will be a gig not to be missed, nuff said!

On the Saturday we have Ulaid and Ross Ainslie with Stephen Byrne at the Eccles Hotel. Some array of talent here, a great show for sure.

Added to this we will have the usual mix of sessions around the village, with workshops and other special events also taking place.

The concerts below again;

THURSDAY 18th June
3 on the Bund
The Park Hotel Doors 7.30 Concert 8.00

FRIDAY 19th June
Andy Irvine And Donal Lunny with support from Padraig McGovern
Eccles Hotel Doors 7.30 Concert 8.00

SATURDAY 20th June
Ulaid and Ross Ainslie with Stephen Byrne
Eccles Hotel Doors 7.30 Concert 8.00

16 Jun 2019

Piping For A Pint Session Trail 2019

The full Session Trail line up here;


The Blue Loo
9pm Tom Oakes, Ross Couperand Lorne MacDougall

Maple Leaf Bar
9pm Local Musicians


The Blue Loo
6pm Rónán ÓSnodaigh and friends
9.30pm Emer and Tadhg Twomey with Tom Oakes

Lough Avoul Inn
7pm Kyle and Nicole

Maple Leaf Bar
9.30pm Liam O’Connor and Sean McKeon

Casey’s Hotel
9.30pm Mary Donegan and friends

Nicky’s Bar
9.30pm Christy O’Leary, Joe Thoma and friends

The Perrin Inn
9.30pm Richard Lucey and Jim Murray


The Blue Loo
5pm Paul Starrett, Connor Mallon and Ciaran Carlin
9.30pm Eamonn Nugent, Laura Doherty & Kevin Mehan

Maple Leaf Bar
9.30pm Liam O’Connor and Sean McKeon

Casey’s Hotel
10pm Christy O’Leary, Joe Thoma and friends

Lough Avoul Inn
10pm Emer and Tadhg Twomey with Kyle

MacCarthy’s Bar
9.30pm Richard Lucey and friends

Nicky’s Bar
9.30pm Emer Mallon, Ciaran Carlin and Paul Starrett

Eccles Hotel
9.30pm Eoin O’Brien, Greta Curtin and Jessie Healy


1pm Maple Leaf Bar Des Geraghty and friends
3pm MacCarthy’s Bar Kevin Meehan, Jack Warnock and Eamonn Nugent (Troda)
7pm Maple Leaf Bar Richard Lucey and friends
7pm Blue Loo Emer & Tadhg Twomey with Tom Oakes

14 Jun 2019

Máirtín Ó Muirí to be remembered on Garinish Island

Every year the Jim Dowling Festival has a secret concert and this year will be no different. Not sure about the secret bit, but news does get out and people love these intimate concerts.

This year’s event will be in memory of Máirtín Ó Muirí, who sadly passed away two years ago, and will include a host of the finest artists paying tribute to a great man and a great supporter of the festival here in Glengarriff.

The concert will take place on Garinish Island on the Saturday afternoon at 3pm … so get your sea legs on and we will see you there.

10 Apr 2019

New website for the Jim Dowling Festival!

We have a new website! – it was time to change things up and give the festival and all the great artists a better platform.

If you are reading this you are probably on it, so take a good look around and if you like what you see why not give us a call.

Say hello at info@jimdowlingfestival.ie and spread the word and keep checking in every now and again for more info and updates.

21 Mar 2019

The Vallely Brothers are heading west!

We are pleased to announce that the Vallely Brothers will be playing at this year’s festival.

Niall, Cillian and Caoimhin Vallely are members of a traditional music dynasty from Armagh. They learnt their music at the Armagh Pipers Club from their parents Brian and Eithne, and have gone on to forge professional music careers that have brought them all over the world.

This time, they are heading down south to us here in Glengarriff and no doubt will entertain us greatly over the weekend

21 Mar 2019

Connla are back for 2019

Connla, who hail from Armagh and Derry, are joining us again this year, after being a big hit when they last played at the festival in 2017.

Their concert at the Park Hotel has been one of the festival highlights and they also love a good session – so watch out around the pubs and hotels in Glengarriff, you could be in for a treat.

Connla are Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles), Paul Starrett (Guitar), Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles) – we can’t wait to have them back!

21 Mar 2019

Gearing up for 2019!

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes for the 2019 Jim Dowling Festival and we can report that things are starting to take shape nicely.

We can announce some great acts including Lorne MacDougall, Ross and Tom, Connla, Troda, Liam O’Connor & Sean McKeon and the Vallely Brothers – who will hitting West Cork from June 20th to 24th.

Loads more acts are coming on board so watch this space!