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Russell Memorial Weekend 2011 Doolin Co. Clare
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February 2011
25th Feb 2011


"Open House" concert with music, song & dance from our local musicians. Russell Cultural Centre, Admission free, all welcome.
26th Feb 2011

Music Workshops Registration at the Russell Centre

10-00am- 12-00pm
Music Workshops

Russell Music: Music recital at McGanns pub, Adm. Free

The Russell Concert featuring Matt Keane & Gary Quinn; Patsy & Pauline Hanly; Chris Drooney with Francis Droney and Ann McGrath; John Carty and Brian Rooney; Breda Keville & Cormac Cannon, Padraic and Gerard Devaney; Celine Hession Dancers; Carmel Gunning. The compere is Dick Hogan, Russell Cultural Centre, Adm. €20 (includes wine and food reception) Tickets at the door. Doors open at 1pm

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

27th Feb 2011

10-00am - 12-00pm
Music Workshops:

Russell Music: Music recital at McDermotts pub, Adm. Free

Russell Music: music recital 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


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 2011

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To mark the 17th festival commemorating the traditional legacy of the Russell family from Doolin, the Russell Memorial Committee put together an exciting programme of events for a weekend of music and entertainment from Friday 25th to Monday 28th of February 2011.

Open House

The festival opened on Friday 25th with a concert at 8-00pm in the Russell Cultural Centre featuring our local talented musicians both young and old. Admission was free.

Russell Concert

The Russell Concert which took place on Saturday 26th Feb between 2pm and 4-30pm in the Russell Cultural Centre included an impressive array of talented muicians, singers, and dancers. It featureed Singer Matt Keane from Caherlistrane, Roscommon duo Patsy Hanly (Flute) and Pauline Hanly (Singer); from Bell Harbour, the renowned concertina player Chris Drooney with Francis Droney and Ann McGrath; joining Roscommon fiddle and banjo player John Carty was Leitrim man Brian Rooney on fiddle and accordion; Breda Keville (Fiddle) was joined by Cormac Cannon (Uillean Pipes); Padraic and Gerard Devaney (Dancers); Celine Hession Dancers; From Sligo Carmel Gunning (Tin Whistle). Compere was Tipperary-born singer Dick Hogan.


Russell Remembrance Mass

On Sunday the 27th Feb at 1pm the Anniversary Remembrance Mass for the Russells took place at 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 a music recital in McGann's Pub on Saturday 26 Feb at 11am .

On Sunday Feb 27th there were two recitals at 10-30am in McDermott's Pub and O'Connor's Pub. Admission was free to both recitals.

There was a traditional singing recital as usual on Saturday 26th Feb 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 10am - 12 noon on Sat 26th and Sun 27th February.

Music Sessions

Events for the weekend also included the Monday night (Feb 28th) "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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