Festival 2019

The Countdown to Festival 2019 is on!!!


Welcome to the home of the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Now in its 13th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2019 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 6th to 12th 2019 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)



  • Mary Coggins : 071 914 3770
  • Yeats Lodge : 071 917 3787


  • 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

Registration in Rathcormac Hall

Entry Fee €10

Starts at Rathcormac School
7pm ‘The Vernacular Architecture of North Sligo’ – Heritage

A talk on the results of a study of local dwellings in our area.
Bairbe Ní Fhloinn. Dept of Folklore UCD

Adm Free Old School
May 7th – Poetry Day
11am ‘The Galloping Centuar’

Yeats lecture with James Harper.
All welcome!

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

Yeats Poetry Circle and friends’ readings from Yeats and their own selection

Adm Free

Teach Ban Gallery, Drumcliffe

May 8th
12pm to 5pm Multidisciplinary Crafts & Textiles: Meet the Artists

Knitted and Crochet Fashion and Millinery by Judy Branely.
A must see unique exhibition!

 Adm Free Old School
8pm Comedy Drama

A big welcome back to Benbulben Players with ‘A Wolf by the Ears’ and a joyful Variety presentation

Adm €8 Rathcormac Hall
Thursday May 9th 6pm 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
8pm 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, Noel 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
10pm Pub Session

With “Catmelodian” ……. musicians welcome!

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

Children €5

Rathcormac Hall
10:30am Music Workshops

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

Rathcormac Hall
10:30am Sean Nós Dancing with Edel Ní Churraoin (W) Rathcormac Hall
12pm Donegal Clap Dance with Joe McGuiggan (W) Rathcormac Hall
1pm Lunchtime Session  Adm Free

Drumcliffe Tea House & Rathcormac Market

2pm Scottish Step Dancing with Joy Dunlop (W) Rathcormac Hall
2:30pm The Spken Word Session

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

Adm Free Old School
3pm Brush Dane with Emer Mulveyn (W) Rathcormac Hall
4pm 2 Hand & Barn Dances with Connie McKelvey (W) Rathcormac Hall
5pm Pub Céilí with The Bush Céilí Band  Adm Free Pub
6pm Singing Session at The History Centre  Adm Free History Centre, Rathcormac
7pm Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band Adm Free Rathcormac Hall & Pub
8pm 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

Rathcormac Hall
10pm Pub Session with Sean Carroll, Mossy Martin & Noel Mitchell

–       Open Session in the Bar

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 13th
10:30am Aifreann na Féile Rathcormac Church
11:30am Outdoor Seisiún (weather dependent) Outside History Centre
1pm Wild Atlantic Sean Nós Dancing Championships

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

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

Music and song. A Bealtaine Event

 Adm Free The Old School
4pm 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

€10 Rathcormac Hall
9pm Slán Abhaile Seisiún 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 Michael Donnelly
Furey’s Buses

Jim Feeney Meats
Leslie Ward
Mary McMorrow
Michael Boland
Michael Regan Tyres

Oxfield Communty Centre

Ronan Kerrigan
Sligo Credit Union
Drumcliffe Teahouse
The Arts Council
The West family, Cooladrummin
Vintage Lane Cafe