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Russell Memorial Weekend 2010 Doolin Co.Clare
Friday 26th Feb 2010 to Monday 1st March 2010

26th Feb 2010

"Open House" concert featuring an array of local talent at the Russell Cultural Centre
Adm. Free/Donation - all money raised on the night in aid of the Haiti Appeal.

27th Feb 2010

Music Workshops Registration at the Russell Centre

10-30am- 12-30pm
Music Workshops

Russell Music: Angela Crotty and friends at McGanns pub, Adm. Free

The Russell Concert featuring Fuaim Chonamara at the Russell Cultural Centre, Adm.

Russell Music: Traditional Singing recital, O’Gorman Room, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm. Free

28th Feb 2010

10-30am - 12-30pm
Music Workshops

Russell Music: Frank Custy and friends at McDermotts pub, Adm. Free
Russell Music: Noel O'Donoghue and friends at O'Connors pub, Adm. Free

Anniversary Remembrance Mass at Doolin Church followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave

Set Dancing: music by Peter Griffin and the Four Courts Céilí Band, Function Room, Hotel Doolin. Adm. €10

Monday Night
March 1st 2010

Monday night music sessions in Doolin's pubs and hotels

The Russell Memorial Weekend Committee acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council, and Smithwicks in making the 16th Russell Memorial Weekend possible.

Further Information: email: or telephone +353 (0)65- 7074595, 7074168, 7074328, 7074133


The Russell Memorial Weekend 2010

Click to view a larger image of the Russell Memorial Weekend festival poster for 2011

To mark the 16th festival commemorating the enormous traditional legacy of the Russell family from Doolin, the Russell Memorial Committee hosted an exciting programme of events for a weekend of music and entertainment from Friday 26th to Monday 1st of March 2010.

Open House - Support Haiti Appeal

The festival opened on Friday 26th with a concert at 8-00pm in the Russell Cultural Centre featuring our local talented musicians both young and old. In lieu of an admission fee the audience was asked to support the Haiti Earthquake appeal; all monies received on the night went to this worthy cause.

Russell Concert -Fuaim Chonamara

The Russell Concert on Saturday 27th Feb which took place between 2pm and 4-30pm saw the sensational traditional music entertainment, Fuaim Chonamara (Connemara Sound) perform on stage in the Russell Cultural Centre. The star of Fuaim Chonamara was Brian Cunningham. Brian was also the director of the show. In Fuaim Chonamara he and a talented group of young musicians including several members of his own family: Irene, Ashline, Lorraine, Micheál entertained with music, song, story, and dance in an inspiring epic about Ireland’s oldest dance form, Sean Nós.

Russell Remembrance Mass

On Sunday the 28th Feb at 1pm the Anniversary Remembrance Mass for the Russells was celebrated in Doolin Church to the accompaniment of hymns and songs from the Doolin church choir. It was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave, with songs of farewell and tunes in memory of the dead.

Russell Music

Russell Music events this year continued to focus on the music, song, and instrumentation heritage of the Russells with three music recitals beginning with Angela Crotty and Friends in McGann's Pub on Saturday 27 Feb at 11am . Adm Free.

On Sunday Feb 28th there were two recitals at 10-30am. Frank Custy and Friends were in McDermott's Pub, while Noel O'Donoghue and friends were performing in O'Connor's Pub. Admission was free to both recitals.

After the Rusell Concert on Saturday 27th Feb as usual there was an informal traditional singing recital at 5pm in the O'Gorman Room, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm Free

Set Dancing

Set dancing was held at 3pm on Sunday 28th at the Function Room in Hotel Doolin, music by Peter Griffin and the Four Courts Céilí Band.

Music Workshops

Workshops were provided in the a variety of instruments from 10-30am - 12-30pm on Sat 27th and Sun 28th February.

Music Sessions

Events for the weekend also included the Monday night (March 1st) "festival wrap-up" sessions and there were many informal live music sessions throughout the weekend in Doolin’s pubs and hotels.




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