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Russell Memorial Weekend 2012 Doolin Co. Clare
Friday 24th to Monday 27th February 2012
24th Feb
"Open House" Music, Song & Dance including local and national talent. Also launch of Siobhán & Úna Hogan’s debut CD - “The Blue-Eyed Rascal”. Russell Cultural Centre. Admission free.
25th Feb 2012

10-30am- 12-30pm
Music Workshops

The Russell Concert features Seán Keane and his band. Análú: Darragh, Michael and Sinead Healy, and sean nós dancer Liam Scanlon.
Russell Cultural Centre, Adm. €20 (includes wine and food reception) Tickets at the door. Doors open at 1-30pm

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

26th Feb 2012

10-30am - 12-30pm
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- 7074168, 7074328, 7074133



The Russell Memorial Weekend 2012

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Friday 24th to Monday 27th of February 2012.

Open House

The festival opened on Friday 24th with a concert at 8-00pm in the Russell Cultural Centre featuring music, song & dance by local and national talent.
Kilnaboy natives Siobhán & Úna Hogan’s launched their debut CD, “The Blue-Eyed Rascal”. Great night guaranteed. Russell Cultural Centre. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Russell Concert

The Russell Concert which took place on Saturday 25th Feb between 2pm and 4-30pm in the Russell Cultural Centre, featured the award-winning singer Seán Keane from Caherlistrane, The concert also included performances from Análú featuring three of Ireland’s most gifted musicians Darragh, Michael and Sinead Healy and world champion sean nós dancer, Liam Scanlon.

The concert was followed by a food and wine reception. Tickets €20 at the door. (Doors open at 1-30pm)

Russell Remembrance Mass

On Sunday the 26th Feb at 1 pm 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 continued to focus on the music, song, and instrumentation heritage of the Russells.

On Saturday 25th Feb at 11-30am there music recitals in McGann's Pub and Hotel Doolin. Adm Free.

On Sunday Feb 26th there were two recitals at 11-30am, one in McDermott's Pub and O'Connor's Pub. Admission was free to both recitals.

Following the Russell concert there was the ever popular informal traditional singing recital on Saturday 25th Feb at 5pm in the O'Gorman Room, Russell Cultural Centre, All welcome. Adm Free.

Set Dancing

Set dancing was held at 3pm on Sunday 27th at the Function Room in Hotel Doolin, music by Peter Griffin and the Four Courts Céilí Band. Tickets €10 at the door. Refreshments served.

Saturday & Sunday Workshops
Workshops took place on Sat 25th and Sun 26th between 10-30am - 12-30pm in the following instruments:
  • Concertina: Terry Bingham - McDermott’s pub in Lynch’s Lounge
  • Concert Flute & Tin Whistle: Christy Barry - O’Connor’s Pub
  • Fiddle: James Cullinan - Cullinan’s Restaurant
    & Guesthouse

Fee wass €15 per session.

Music Sessions

Events for the weekend included the Monday night (Feb 27th) "festival wrap-up" sessions and many informal live music sessions continued throughout the weekend in Doolin’s pubs and hotels.