Cos Cos Sean-Nós Dance Festival 7-13 May 2018
Cos Cos Sean-Nós Dance Festival 7-13 May 2018



Starts: 07-05-2018

Ends: 13-05-2018

Venue: Rathcormac, Drumcliffe

Cos Cos Sean-Nós Festival 2018 -bringing together some of the country's finest Sean-Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers.

Where: Rathcormac, Drumcliffe, Sligo.  Everyone is welcome so why not join us. Visiting musicians also very welcome!


30 live events in Drumcliffe & Rathcormac make up biggest Cos Cos Festival yet


Visiting national & international acts including Ireland’s largest Traditional Music Youth Orchestra ‘In Tune For Life’ from Co Tipperary


Portuguese Stick Dancers ‘Pauliteiros’ make festival debut


Kilfenora Céilí Band returning to headline festival’s Big Celebration Céilí on Sunday 13th


Wild Atlantic Way Sean Nós dance competitions for ages 6 upwards



Portuguese Stick Dancing and Ireland’s largest traditional music orchestra will be among the headline performances at this year’s Cos Cos Sean Nós festival in Drumcliffe and Rathcormac from May 7-13th.


The festival, which is now into its 12th year, boasts its biggest programme event line-up to date with 30 live outdoor and indoor concerts and performances, which will cater for all ages and tastes. Many of the events are free to the public. 


Festival highlights this year include the ‘In Tune For Life’ traditional youth orchestra from northTipperary. 70 musicians and 20 dancers will provide a spectacular concert in Rathcormac Hall on Saturday, May 12th.


The same evening, the wonderfully atmospheric Drumcliffe Church will provide the setting for a special performance which will showcase something brand new in contemporary Irish trad music - Preab Meader. Inspired by medieval Gaelic poetry, Preab Meadar is a creation by well-known composers Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, which brings brand new rhythms to Irish contemporary music.


The festival is delighted to welcome some renowned national and international acts. Portuguese Stick Dancing will make its Cos Cos debut with visiting folk group Pauliteiros. They will perform a series of impromptu dances throughout the weekend.

Some popular names are making return festival appearance, such as the world famous Kilfenora Céilí band, who will headline the festival’s Big Celebration Céilí in Rathcormac Hall on Sunday, May 13th, at 4pm.


At the heart of the festival, is of course, dancing. The Dancers Concert on Friday May 11th in Rathcormac Hall will showcase and celebrate all forms of traditional Irish dance including Sean Nós, step and set dancing. The line-up will include past All-Ireland champion dancers such as Liam Scanlon, Emer Mulvey and Jonathan McCloy.


There will be several opportunities throughout the festival for the public to give Sean Nós dance or traditional music, singing or storytelling a try. 

Renowned Sean Nós dancer will be the workshop tutor on Saturday 12th and there will be similar tutorials in bodhrán, set dancing and singing.

A festival marquee will be located in the village green at Rathcormac, and will be the venue for a range of live performances and dances through the festival weekend (Fri 11th - Sun 13th).

The Cos Cos Sean Nós festival week begins on the bank holiday Monday (May 7th) with the annual 8k run and walk at Rathcormac school. The walk starts at 11:30am, and the run begins at 12 noons. Entry costs €10 and you can register from 9:30am that morning. 

A special event this year is the Choral Concert by Anúna in St. Columbus Church, Drumcliffe on Friday, May 5th at 8pm.
Anúna - founded in 1987 by Irish composer Michal McGlynn in an effort to create a physical voice for his compositions many of which are strongly influenced by the history and mythology of his homeland. Ireland has a long and sophisticated history of traditional singing or sean nós which McGlynn uses as the basis for many of his arrangements and compositions.  
The name Anúna is derived from the Gaelic term An Uaithne, a collective description for the three ancient forms of Irish music - Goltraí (song of lament), Geantraí (song of joy) and Suantraí (the lullaby).  An Uaithne and subsequently Anúna is a uniquely beautiful instrument. The purity and natural techniques that are employed by the singers explore the stories of ordinary people, poets, saints and scholars.
Within these songs are universal truths told through the landscape, the philosophy and the mythology of Ireland and beyond.  See
Tickets on sale at the Fáilte Ireland Office, O'Connell Street, Sligo or phone Brenda at 0861925988.
Full programme click here