Connecting the Irish on Tyneside

Tyneside Irish Festival

31st Tyneside Irish Festival 2017

15th to 22nd October

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Discount Festival ticket £30

Sunday 15th October

Festival Opening Event 5pm + Ceili 7pm (Free tickets available)
A multicultural extravaganza with performers from around the world, including fantastic Irish singer Muhammad Al-Hussaini, followed by a ceili from 7pm featuring the Newcastle University Irish dancers.

Newcastle City Guides Walk – ‘When Paddy meets Geordie’.
Meet at Grey’s Monument 2.30pm £4 Adults, £3 over 60’s.
Discover why Irish refugees fleeing the 1845 Potato Famine were welcomed on Tyneside.

Monday 16th October

Film – To be confirmed (Free)

Tuesday 17th October

Sally Glennon Band at Iona club, Hebburn. £2 on the door 7.30pm

Play to be peformed by ‘Antics’, our resident drama group. Pay what you feel. 7.30pm

Freedom City Lecture (Free) 7.30pm
We Shall Overcome! America and the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland.
Dr Sarah Campbell (Newcastle University)

Wednesday 18th October

Raised on Songs and Stories – (Free, by invitation, call 0191 2610385 for details) 12.30pm – 4pm
A get together for our Tyneside Irish elders to enjoy some live Irish music and have lunch. Featuring Dermot Hegarty and Sally Glennon.

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Adult Education Open Night (Free) 7pm to 9pm. Full details on website.
Our classes include Irish language, art, creative writing, Irish music, a book club and a new drama group. This is a chance to have a taster of our classes.


Thursday 19th October

Paddy Cullivan £5. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm
RTE Late Late Show’s Paddy Cullivan brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the events surrounding the Easter Rising. Using satire, imagery, historical insight and song, Paddy reveals the ten strangest things (and darkest secrets) that happened during the Rising, Revolution and Civil War.


Friday 20th October

Dezi Donnelly and Michael McGoldrick + Anthony John Clarke £15 Doors 7pm. Show 8pm
Fiddle and flute from two incredibly well respected musicians. Between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.
Support from Belfast born singer and songwriter Anthony John Clarke.


Saturday 21st October

Uillean Pipers’ meeting. (Free) 1pm

Pat ‘the hat’ Speight, our storyteller from Cork, is appearing at The Word, South Shields.
He will run two sessions. Under 7’s 11.15am until 12 noon and then over 7’s 12.30pm until 1.15pm. £2.50

Perfect Friction £12. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm
Six Irish musicians, among them four All-Ireland champions, blend classic contemporary tunes with traditional rhythms. This lively festival band has been featured on Irish TV and radio and they have shared the stage with The Chieftains, Paul Brady and members of The Dubliners.


Sunday 22nd

Family ceili, magician, face painting and Irish dancing display. (Free) 12.30-3pm

The Navvies £10. Doors open 7pm Show 8pm
An amazing five piece band from Co. Wicklow playing favourites by The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors, The Wolfetones and many more. A real hooley to close the festival!

Upcoming Events

  1. Liam Turner (Free, in the bar)

    August 26 @ 9:00 pm
  2. Pat Shortt – How’s tings

    September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  3. Lecture – A New World: The French Revolution and the Rights of Man

    September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. Tyneside Irish Festival Opening and Ceili

    October 15 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  5. Paddy Cullivan’s ‘The ten dark secrets of the Irish Revolution’

    October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Now that would be good craic! ...

Irish Traditional Music and Dance is in the blood here in Clare, and passed down from one generation to the next. This family and their friends were quiet the attraction on O’Connell Street in Ennis last evening as even a few passers by were convinced to join in the craic agus ceoil. #fleadh2017

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One of these are playing in the bar tonight FREE
Tony Corcoran Band

Throwback Thursday .... A few to name this week - can anyone name them all?

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Don't miss the Tony Corcoran Band in the bar tonight .... best Irish fiddler you'll see! ...

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If Bray is too far to travel get yourself down to the Tyneside Irish Centre, during the Festival in October, to see these boys in action! ...

The Navvies live on Bray Seafront Recently .

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