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.

Scroll down for festival programme.

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: 071 917 7211
  • 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 7th


Walkers 11:30am

Runners 12:00pm

Festival 8km Run and Walk

Registration from 10am       Money Prizes

Registration in Rathcormac Hall Starts at Rathcormac School
May 8th
2:00pm Poets’ Way.

Bards and Poets convene at Drumcliffe Graveyard for poetry, music & song. Recite & ramble back to the Vintage Lane Café.  In association with Yeats Poetry Circle & Poetry Ireland.

All welcome!

Adm Free Drumcliffe Graveyard &

Vintage Café



The Barytes Mining on Benbulben Story returns by request!

STOTY RETURNS BY REQUEST! With Author Gerry Foley . Stories from mine workers and families. Slides and film

Donation welcome. The Old School Rathcormac

May 9th

9pm Benbulben Players Debut Performance of “The Spinsters”. Variety entertainment to follow the Play.

Welcome aboard to this brand new Drama Group!

Free Rathcormac Hall
May 10th
5pm Bealtaine celebrations!

16th Century Fashion shown   by Crafters and Textile Artists who faithfully researched and reproduced clothing discovered on Bog Bodies in Killery Co. Sligo, Dungiven Co Tyrone & Shinrone Co Offaly.

Tea Party to follow with Music Song   Surprises & Dance!

Everyone very welcome!

In association with Beattaine Sligo. Booking Catherine 0868424969

Free Rathcormac Hall
May 11th
8:00pm Damhsa, Damhsa ! Dancers Concert.

The Country’s Top Dancers will Showcase all forms of Traditional Irish Dance.

Sean-Nos, Traditional & Modern Step Dancing, Sets, Ceili, 2Hands   & Regional Styles.

If you love Dance Do Not Miss This Event!!

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
10pm Pub Session with The Kenny Donagher Band


Free Pub
May 12th
10:00am Workshop Registration Rathcormac Hall

Sean Nós Dancing – Liam Scanlon
Bodhrάn & Bones – Junior Davey
Sean Nós Singing – Lorcan Mac Mathuna

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
11:00am Café na Gaeilge celebrates Bliain na Gaeilge 2018.

Failte romhat!

Adm Free Vintage Café

Rathcormac Market

From 12:30 pm Lunch Session Music & Dance

Flash Mobs!   Watch out for Colourful Portugese Stick Dancers and Sean Nos Dancers at Rathcormac Hall, School Yard, Branleys Yard Market, Drumcliffe Tea House and other sites in the Drumcliffe area!

Free Rathcormac & Tea House Drumcliffe
Sat 12th 2:00pm Workshops

Brush Dancing for Children and Teens with Oireachtas Winner Emer Mulvey. Geevagh                                                                                    Bodhrán and Bones Junior Davey, Gurteen                                                                  Singing and Lilting Maiti Jo Sheamuis, Connemara

Adm €5 Rathcormac Hall
2:00pm Workshops

Learn Portuguese Stick Dancing with Haiti Queen Belarus Tutors.

Adm €5 Marquee
3:30pm Workshops

Set Dancing. Maureen Culliton teaches her new set in honour of ‘Bliain na Gaeilge 2018’.

Adm €5 The Old School,


3:30pm Singing!

Portuguese Traditiona Singing Group ‘Las Carandas’ in concert followed by a Session of Traditional Irish & Folk Songs. Everyone is very welcome!

Adm Free Marquee
4:30pm Pub Céilí Session

Sets with the Rousing Bush Céilí Band

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
8:00pm In Tune for Life’ in Concert

Cos Cos   welcomes over 70 musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Tipperary for a fabulous Festival celebration concert.   Including Performances by our Portuguese visitors.

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
8:30pm Cos Cos Festival is proud to host the Word Premiere of the amazing   “Preab Meadar”. .

Composed by Lorcan Mac Mathuna & Daire Bracken. Together with Sean Nos Dancers Liam Scanlon & Caoimhe Ni Mhaolagain they create a mesmerising conversation of rhythm, between voice, fiddle & dance.

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Adm €15,

Child €7,

Family €20

St. Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe
10:00pm The Pub Session

with Kerry Herrity, festival proformers and friends

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 13th
11:00am Aifreann na Féile

with Musicians and Singers

Rathcormac Church
12:00pm Session of Dancing, Music and Song

Have a cuppa, dance a Jig or sing a song with Irish & Portugese Music Song & Dance.

 Adm Free Marquee
1:30pm The Wild Atlantic Sean Nós Dancing Competitions / FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT

Sean Nós Dancing Competitions
Ages Under 8,10,12,14 16, 18, Over 18, Over 50.

Exhibitions to follow.

 Entry €5 Collins’ Pub
2:00pm The Sligo Concert Band – in concert Adm Free Marquee
3:30pm Spoken Word
3:30pm Percussion Workshops for All

With Peter Crann

Adm Free Rathcormac School
4:00pm The Big Celebration Céilí

will feature the World Famous Kilfenora Céilí Band

€15 Rathcormac Hall
9:30pm Slán Abhaile Seisiún

With Sean Carroll and friends, including the Portuguese Group

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