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Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival

at ECCLES Hotel Glengarriff, West Cork

Glengarriff is the perfect place for one of the great music festivals of Ireland – the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe & Trad Festival 2017 to be held from the 15th till the 18th of June. The small village of 800 people provides a king sized welcome to musicians and music lovers alike for concerts, sessions, workshops, exhibitions and lectures.

Glengarriff, on the Wild Atlantic Way is the gateway to the Beara Peninsula with its fabulous undiscovered, magnificent scenery. As the Irish Independent wrote (29th of April 2017)  “Beara offers all of the wonder (of the Ring of Kerry) with less traffic”. Why not plan now for a break away in June with magnificent music in the magnificent setting of Glengarriff.

The transformation of Glengarriff on June 15/18th - For four glorious days in June, Glengarriff will be transformed into the centre of a great musical party. The town’s many wonderful pubs and restaurants, the town hall, even Garinish Island itself will provide a plethora of stages for some of the finest Uilleann pipers and traditional musicians from Ireland and abroad.

Stockton’s Wing, celebrating their 40th anniversary, will headline the festival with a concert in Eccles Hotel on Friday June 16th at 8pm, tickets available from Eccles Hotel reception. Among the many other superb acts; Dubhlinn, Connla and the Anxo Lorenzo Trio. Anxo, a piper from Galicia in northern Spain is said to be a truly exhilarating performer “his fast fingers tracing ridiculously intricate melodies; when top gear is reached it’s impossible to fathom how a human brain can actually work that fast”. (Nige Tassell 2010).

And many of the best will gather for the amazing The BigBlowOut concert to be held in Eccles Hotel on Saturday 17th at 8pm, tickets available from Eccles Hotel reception. It promises to be a great occasion with some of Ireland’s top musicians descending on The Eccles Hotel for a night of the best Traditional Irish music around with Dubhlinn and The Anxo Lorenze Trio shaking things up! 

With the backing of the Arts Council, Cork County Council, RTE and others the 5th Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival in Glengarriff is bound to be the best yet.

For more information please contact Eccles Hotel on 027 63003 or visit for more event details.