Festival 2018

Countdown to Festival 2018…


Welcome to the home of the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Now in its 12th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2018 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 7th to 13th 2018 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.

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 9:30am

Registration in Rathcormac Hall Starts at Rathcormac School
5pm Drumcliffe Community Pageant 2018 Donation welcome. Rathcormac Village Green
Session Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 8th
2:00pm Poetry and Music

Bards and Poets convene at The Vintage Lane Cafe for poetry, music and song. In association with Yeats Poetry Circle & Poetry Ireland.

All welcome!

Adm Free Vintage Café
7pm The Barytes Mining Story returns by request!

With Author Gerry Foley . Stories from mine workers and families.

Donation welcome. The Old School Rathcormac
May 9th
11:00am Heritage Walk

In Rathcormac with local Historians.

 Adm Free Meet at Branleys Yard
6:00pm Rambling House Music Song and Dance

With open mic. All welcome!

Adm Free The Old School
May 10th
Craft Intergenerational Workshop


6:00pm Bealtaine Celebration of Creativity as we age.

Cos Cos Festival links with Bealtaine Sligo. For information and booking phone Catherine 0868424969.

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

Showcasing all forms of Traditional Irish Dance. Sean-Nos, Traditional & Modern Step Dancing, Sets, Ceili, 2Hands & Regional Styles.

Do Not Miss This Event!

Adm €12 Rathcormac Hall
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 Adm Free Vintage Café
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Session Music & Dance

Flash Mobs!   Watch out for Colourful Dancers at Rathcormac School Yard, Branleys Yard Market, Drumcliffe Tea House and other sites

Free Tea House Drumcliffe
2:00pm Workshops

Brush Dancing for Children and Teens (Oireachtas Winner Emer Mulvey)                                                                                  Bodhrán and Bones (Junior Davey)                                                                   Singing and Lilting (Maiti Jo Sheamuis)

Adm €5 Rathcormac Hall
3:00pm Workshops

Portuguese Stick Dancing (Haiti Queen Belarus)

Adm €5 Marquee
3:30pm Workshops

Set Dancing (Maureen Culliton)

Adm €5 The Old School,


4:00pm Marquee

Singing! Portuguese Traditional ‘Las Carandas’ in concert followed by a Traditional Irish Singing Session

Adm Free Marquee
4:30pm Pub Céilí Session

with the Rousing Bush Céilí Band

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
8:00pm Festival Highlight! Cos Cos is delighted to host the         “Preab Meadar” Premiere.

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

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St. Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe
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. Performance by our Portuguese visitors.

€12 Rathcormac Hall
10:00pm Pub Session with Sean Carroll 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 /Highlight

Sean Nós Dancing Competitions
All age groups.

 Entry €5 Collins’ Pub
3:30pm Percussion Workshops for All

With Peter Crann

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

will feature the Famous Kilfenora Céilí Band


Rathcormac Hall
9:30pm 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