Festival 2020

The Countdown to Festival 2020 is on!!!


Welcome to the home of the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Now in its 13th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2020 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 4th to 10th 2020 in the shadow of the famous Benbulben mountain in the heart of Yeat’s Country, Co Sligo.

The festival has something for everyone, both young and old.  Why not join us and immerse yourself in a feast of traditional culture and see some real community spirit in motion.

For Festival programme scroll down

A flavour of whats in store…

Getting to our Festival…

Travel & Transport

GPS / SatNav CoOrds:

  • 54°19’00.5″N, 8°28’44.8″W
  • 54.316798, -8.479114

By Road:

  • From Dublin – N4 to Sligo (202km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Galway – N17 to Sligo (180km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Derry – N15 to Rathcormac (74km)
  • From Enniskillken – N16 to Sligo and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)

Public Transport:

  • Dublin Train to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)
  • Expressway Bus to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)

If You’re Stuck:

  • Give us a call! (Brenda 086 1925988 or Dorothy 087 4167026)



  • Glenview, Mary Coggins : 071 914 3770
  • Yeats Lodge, Geraldine Gibbons : 071 917 3787
  • Kintogher Lodge, Betty McCabe : 071 914 1755
  • Seisnaun, Phil Clancy : 071 914 3948
  • Stonecroft, Mary Conway : 071 914 5667
  • The Red Cottage : 087 783 7619


  • Radisson Blu Hotel: 071 914 0008
  • Yeats Country Hotel: 071 917 7211

Food & Drink

  • Drumcliffe Tea House
  • Vintage Lane Cafe
  • Yeats Tavern
  • Collins Pub (Yeats Lounge)

Nearby Attractions

  • Yeat’s Grave (2km)
  • Drumcliffe Church and Round Tower (2km)
  • Rathcormac Craft Market (Sat Morns) (400m)
  • Glencar Lake and Waterfall (6km)
  • Rosses Point Beach (5km)
  • County Sligo Golf Club (5km)
  • Streedagh Beach (7km)
  • The Model Gallery (7km)
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery (14km)
  • Parkes Castle (15km)
  • Lough Gill / Isle of Inishfree (22km)
  • Strandhill (15km)

Festival Programme





May 6th
Walkers 11:30am

Runners 12:00pm


Festival 8km Run and Walk

Registration from 10:30am

Children must be accompanied!

Registration in Rathcormac Hall

Entry Fee €10

Starts at Rathcormac School
7:00pm ‘The Vernacular Architecture of North Sligo’ – HeritageA talk about the results of a study of dwellings in our locality.
Bairbre Ní Fhloinn. Dept of Folklore UCD
Adm Free Old School
May 7th – Poetry Day
11:00am ‘The Galloping Centaur’

Yeats lecture with James Harpur.
All welcome!

Adm Free Teach Bán Gallery, Drumcliffe
12:15pm Coffee Break
1:00pm Poems and Music

Yeats Poetry Circle and Friends’ with readings from Yeats and their own selection

Adm Free Teach Ban Gallery, Drumcliffe
May 8th
12:00pm to 5:00pm Hidden Gems: A Multidisciplinary Crafts & Textiles Exhibition: Meet & chat the Artists!

Also a Unique Knitted and Crochet Fashion with Millinery by Judy Branelly.
A must see unique exhibition!

 Adm Free Old School
8:00pm Comedy Drama

A Big welcome back to Benbulben Players with ‘A Wolf by the Ears’ & a joyful variety presentation.

Adm €8 Rathcormac Hall
Thursday May 9th 6:00pm Bealtaine Celebration

Bealtaine Tea Party celebrating creatively as we age with The Intergenerational Choir, The Silver Stars, Children’s Ceoil le Cheile, Latvian Dance Group, “The Altogether Now” Singalong.
Tea and Refreshments

Adm Free Rathcormac Hall
May 10th
8:00pm Festival Concert in Tribute to Johnny Connolly – Friend of Cos Cos for 13 years

A host of local and visiting musicians and dancers.
LAS with Joy Dunlop, Edel Ní Churraoin, Grainne Brady, Cathrine Ní Shuilleabhán, Sean Carrol, Mossie Martin, Noelle Mitchell, Michael O’Brien, Martin Donoghue, Maiti Jo Sheamuis, Carmel Gunning, Kenny Donagher, Kerrie Herity, Rodney Lacashire, Seamus Hernon, Rick Epping, Denis Regan, Danny Cameron, The Ballyhoo Band, The Rathcormac Céilí Band, The Fred Finn Grupaí Ceoil U12; U15; U18, Ceoil le Cheile

All Welcome!

 Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
10:00pm Pub Session

With “Catmelodion” ……. musicians are welcome!

 Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 12th
10:00am Workshop Registration  Adm €10

Children €5

Rathcormac Hall
10:30am Music Workshops

Bodhran with Junior Davey
Singing with Carmel Gunning
Accordion with Martin Donaghue

Rathcormac Hall
10:30am Dancing Workshops   Day 15: 5 per session

Sean Nós Dancing with Edel Ní Churraoin (W)

Rathcormac Hall
11:00am Café na Gaeilge / Gaidhlig  Adm Free Vintage Café
12 noon Donegal Clap Dance with Joe McGuiggan (W) Rathcormac Hall
1:00pm Lunchtime Session  Adm Free Drumcliffe Tea House & Rathcormac Market
2:00pm Scottish Step Dancing with Joy Dunlop (W) Rathcormac Hall
2:30pm The Spoken Word Session

With Music & Song at The Old School by Grainne Brady.
“BEYOND” is a creative look at emigration through the eyes of Donegal writer Patrick McGill’s experience of life and work in Scotland.

Adm Free Old School
3:00pm Brush Dance with Eimear Mulvey (W) Rathcormac Hall
4:00pm 2 Hand & Barn Dances with Connie McKelvey (W) Rathcormac Hall
5:00pm Pub Céilí with The Bush Céilí Band  Adm Free Pub
6:00pm Singing Session at The History Centre

Maiti Jo Sheamuis & Carmel Gunning

 Adm Free History Centre, Rathcormac
7:00pm Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band Adm Free Rathcormac Hall & Pub
8:00pm The Big Dancing Concert

 Dancers include: Cos Cos Dancers, Broga Briomhar, Airc Damhsa     Dancers, The Tommy Stenson Group, Orna MacAndrew SD, Mary    Gallagher SD, Connie McKelvey, Jonathon & Sean McCloy, Eileen Ryan & Kevin Cuniffe, Joe & Mary McGuiggan, Laura Ganley, Joy Dunlop, Edel Ní Churraoin, Scoil Ursla Set Dancers, Strawboys, Frank & Eileen Sweeney.

Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band

€10 Rathcormac Hall
10:00pm Pub Session with Sean Carroll, Mossie  Martin & Noelle Mitchell

+ Open Session in the Bar

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 13th
10:30am Aifreann na Féile Music and Song Rathcormac Church
11:30am Outdoor Seisiún History Centre
1:00pm The Wild Atlantic Sean Nós Dancing Championships

Sean Nós Dancing Competitions
U8; U10; U12; U15; U18; Over 18; Over 55

 Entry Fee €5 Collins’ Pub
3:00pm The Spoken Word & Story Making with Maura Gilligan

Word, Music and Song. A Bealtaine Event.

 Adm Free The Old School
4:00pm Percussion Session for Kids

With Peter Crann

 Adm Free Rathcormac School
4:00pm Festival Grand Céilí

with Dartry Céilí Band celebrating their 10th anniversary of their All-         Ireland win

 Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
9:00pm Slán Abhaile Seisiún

The Kenny Donagher Crew,

Adm Free Collins’ Pub


The Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival Committee would like to thank the following for supporting our festival


Branley’s Yard
Collins’ Pub
Drumcliffe/Rathcormac Tidy Towns
Failte Ireland
Fr Tom Hever
Furey’s Buses
Rathcormac N.S.
Teach Bán Gallery
Sean Carroll School of Music
Brooks Hanly
Sligo Business Centre
Rathcormac Folk Group
Old School Craft Group
Yeats’ Tavern
Drumcliffe ICA

Jim Feeney Meats
Leslie Ward
McMorrow’s Shop
Michael Boland
Michael Regan Tyres
Oxfield Communty Centre
St. Columba’s Church Vestry
Rev. Isaac Hanna
Tom Dunleavy
Tom Logan
Tiger Print
Catherine Fanning Bealtaine Festival
5 Star Fun
Silver Stars Music Group

Ronan Kerrigan
Sligo Credit Union
Drumcliffe Teahouse
The Arts Council
The West family, Cooladrummin
Vintage Lane Cafe
Peter Langan
Alan Tiernan
Padhraig Fowley Clooneen Wood Art
11th Benbulben Scouts Group
Drumcliffe Rosses Point GAA Club
Henry’s Restaurant
Coyle’s Centra Cartron
Yeats’ Poetry Circle