Event Programme

East Kerry Roots Festival and Brosnan Clan Gathering 2013 – July 25th to July 28th


Our 2013 Festival programme is listed below. These events are subject to change.

Immediate booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  You can book online below or alternatively you can pay by cheque / bank draft made payable to East Kerry Reaching Out and send it to Joan Holland, Treasurer, East Kerry Reaching Out, Ballygorran, The Spa, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Book our Festival Package:

PRICE: €150.00
The Overall Package includes:

  • Participation in  events of your choice
  • Buses to and from events where applicable
  • Light refreshments at some events
  • International speakers
  • Guided trails
  • Admission to the Festival Banquet


Book Festival Banquet Only

Price: €40.00


(These fees do NOT include accommodation for the Festival or transport to or from the airport).

Day Time Activity Venue
Thurs.   25th July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Exhibition   of Genealogical Source Material, Castleisland Library. Castleisland
  10.00 am – 1.00 pm Guided   Heritage Trail of Castleisland Castleisland
  Farmer’s   Market/ Craft Display/Local Crafts Castleisland
  4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Poetry Reading by Tommy Frank O Connor. Crag Caves, Castleisland
  7.30pm – 9.00pm Emigration Presentation by Seán Brosnahan,   New Zealand River Island Hotel, Castleisland
9.00 pm – 10.30 pm Official   Opening/Music/ Share Your Roots Night River Island Hotel, Castleisland
  10.30pm – 1.00am Welcome   Home Session/ Sing Song Poet’s Inn, Castleisland
Fri.   26th July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Exhibition   of Genealogical Source Material, Castleisland Library Castleisland
  11.00 am – 1.00 pm Option   1: Bodhrán/Bones/Spoons Workshop O Riada’s, Ballymacelligott
  11.00 am – 1.00 pm Option 2: Guided Walk to   Glanageenty/Ballyseedy Woods. Ballymacelligott
  1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Lunchtime   Music Session O Riada’s, Ballymacelligott
  2.30pm – 5.30pm Bus   Trip to Knocknagoshel/Brosna/Cordal Refreshments in Brosna
   7.30   pm – 9.00 pm Genealogy   and DNA Talk by Michael Daley & Co., U.S. River Island Hotel Castleisland
   9.30pm – 1.00am Maura’s   Rambling House: An Evening of Traditional Story-telling, Song and Music,   including light refreshments. Herlihy’s Bar, Farranfore
  10.00pm – 1.00am Traditional   Music Session Peter Browne’s Pub, Castleisland
Sat.   27thJuly 10 00 am – 5.00 pm Exhibition   of Genealogical Source Material, Castleisland Library Castleisland
  9. 00 am – 5.00 pm Genealogical   Roadshow/Workshop Castleisland
  11.00 am – 1.00 pm Polka/Sean-   Nós Dancing Workshop River Island Hotel, Castleisland
2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Spirit   Trail –  Guided Tour of  East Kerry’s Oldest Graveyards  (light refreshments served in Scartaglin Graveyards/Scartaglin
  8.00 pm – Late Historical   Pub Trail Castleisland
  8.00 pm – Late Festival   Banquet, including election of Brosnan Clan Chieftain River Island Hotel, Castleisland
Sun.   28th July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Ancestor’s   Mass, Morning Refreshments and Tree Planting Ceremony followed by Kilcummin   Bog Walk,  Light Lunch and Crossroads   Dance. (Weather permitting) Currow / Kilcummin
  7.00 pm – 9.30 pm Farewell   Concert Ivy Leaf, Castleisland
  9.30pm – 11.30pm American   Wake Browne’s Bar, Castleisland

If you wish to have a private genealogy consultation, then Mary Howard and Catriona Dunlea of Irish Ancestors Direct will offer their services at an arranged fee over the course of the festival.

 Brosnan Clan Gathering 2013

The East Kerry Roots Festival 2013 is extending an invitation to all Brosnan clan members nationally and internationally to join this ancient clan and celebrate their proud heritage at this year’s Festival. This four-day gathering gives Brosnans from around the world, and anyone with Brosnan ancestry, the chance to rediscover their roots. The proceedings will culminate in the inauguration of a new Brosnan clan chieftain.

You do not have to be a Brosnan to join in the festivities. The variety of festival events planned for The East Kerry Roots Festival 2013 weekend, are designed to suit anybody with an interest in genealogy, culture or heritage. The festival will provide an opportunity to socialize, chat with relatives and re-live past times through attending the variety of cultural and heritage events, walks and workshops on offer.

We know that you will enjoy your visit to the Sliabh Luachra area. For some this will be an opportunity to visit the place of their birth, for others, the birth place of their ancestors. For all, it will be an occasion to relive and create fond memories over a joyous weekend.