THE CELTIC CLUB
The Celtic Club is the place to meet up with friends and catch some high-energy performances over the weekend. With a great dance space and Guinness, Kilkenny and Cider on tap it’s the ultimate ‘Club’ venue! It’s the place for a ‘craicing’ good time.
A large, concert style venue, featuring some truly great performances across the weekend. Parks Hall is a venue that lets you settle in and be completely absorbed by the music. Across the weekend there will be feature concerts and on Sunday the floor will be cleared for the Festival Ceili Dance.
THE WINE BAR
The Wine Bar, as the name suggests, is the place to sit back and enjoy a glass of local wine and some wonderful Celtic music. Make sure you get a table with friends for some great feature concerts.
ST PATRICK’S HALL
Upon the hill-top of Harding Street, this little hall has tons of character and is the perfect venue to sneak away to…. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, voices or instruments though!
THE CLUB ROOM
The Senior Citizens of Portarlington welcome you to their Club Room. Here you will be able to enjoy some wonderful concerts and a “good old fashioned” afternoon tea offered by the Portarlington Senior Citizens. As well as some great concerts, the Club Room will host ‘Trad Talk’ and our popular ‘In Conversation’ with some of your favorite festival artists.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
St John’s Church provides an opportunity to enjoy some intimate performances and workshops, including two entertaining ‘Celtic Shows.
THE VILLAGE STAGE
The Village Stage is open for all! A free venue offering a ‘taste of the festival’ featuring many aspects of the main program. Around lunchtime you will also be able to enjoy a glass of local wine in the venue. Everyone is welcome and if don’t have a festival ticket just drop a gold coin in the bucket and wander in.
ST ANDREWS HALL
This venue is host to a range of workshops, featuring a variety of dance styles across the weekend. 5 minutes walk from the main festival site.
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
St Andrew’s Church will host small group workshops catering for a broad range of interests and needs.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
The Neighborhood House is already known for its wonderful welcoming, community feel, and now welcomes the Festival through its doors. This venue offers a range of theatre, spoken word and music.
The Community Room offers some specialised small group workshops. So if you are interested in learning the finer points of the tin whistle, writing, or piping, join us in the Community Room.
UPSTAIRS @ THE GRAND
Portarlington's iconic Grand Hotel is where you will find some great sessions as well as the Blackboard Concerts. Wander up the stairs to find the Session Bar and the Lounge. This is a great program, so be sure to check it out.
Looking for a great session? Sessions will be happening over the weekend, so keep your ear to the ground! The Grand Hotel, with its open fires and cosy front bar, is the ideal spot for some mighty sessions over the weekend. Alternatively, check out the sessions that will get going in the Village stage bar this coming year!
THE CELTIC CAFE
Feeling hungry and want some wholesome yummy food to keep you going? Look no further than the Celtic Café, located between the Wine Bar and Parks Hall. Serving breakfasts, pies, curries, soups and great coffee all festival long.
This wonderful historic feature of Portarlington has a history of hosting bands and this year it will again rekindle that spirit to host some unique festival performances. Across the weekend pipers, drummers and singers will be performing in the Rotunda, welcoming all to this year’s festival. The Rotunda will again be the starting point for The Gathering, which sees singers and musicians form a twilight procession that weaves its way through the festival site to various concerts. Not to be missed!