The Journey Still Continues 23rd to 26th March, 2023

We’ll Have a Ball!

Two Hundred years ago, Lisselton Bardic School in the parish of Ballydonoghue was famous throughout Munster and beyond for Poetry and Learning. It was the seat of The Court of The Wise, Cúirt na Súagh, led by Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair, hedge schoolmaster, poet, teacher, writer and native Irish speaker.

On March 23rd to 26th, 2023, the Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival, an annual weekend festival to celebrate this outstanding literary tradition, will be held in Lisselton, North Kerry.

The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment as much as on culture. 

Competitions in creative writing in Irish and English will be held during the run-up to the festival, with prizes for the Junior, Adult and Senior winners to be awarded on opening night.

Music, writing and Sean-Nós dancing workshops and a Grand Festival Concert on Saturday night.


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