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Dublin City Council Luke Kelly Festival To Take Place In August

Dublin City Council is delighted to present the Dublin City Council Luke Kelly Festival, which will take place this August 13th at Smithfield Square, Dublin 1.  

Taking place from 12pm right through to 6pm, this free festival promises to be a huge celebration of Dublin music legend Luke Kelly, through an engaging and entertaining mix of live music performances, interesting discussion sessions and family friendly arts & crafts.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste, said, “when you mention Dublin and music in the same sentence, Luke Kelly is one of the first names that springs to mind. He is a legend in this city and beyond. So I am absolutely delighted that we are honouring him in this way, by holding a festival dedicated to both himself and his music. There’s only one Luke Kelly!”

As a nod to his inner-city roots, the Luke Kelly Festival will take place at Dublin’s famous Smithfield Square and boasts a thoughtfully curated programme, suitable for fans of all ages along with anyone who wishes to learn more about the inspiring Dublin native. Put together by artist MacDara Yeates and author Leagues O’Toole, in liaison with Paula McCann representing the Luke Kelly family, each aspect of the day has been included to give attendees a real insight into the life and loves of Luke Kelly, along with a taste of inner-city Dublin – a unique mix of cultures, coupled with an inimitable wit and passion that the area and those who inhabit it are famous for.   

Throughout the day, live music will be on offer on the main stage with performances scheduled from Damien Dempsey with songs from Luke’s repertoire and former Dubliners member Sean Cannon with some old favourites from The Dubliners back catalogue. Expect some surprise appearances on the day by a selection of well known, extra special guest singers and musicians, spanning several generations, performing a selection of Luke Kelly favourites for your listening pleasure.

Over in the discussion tent, make sure you don’t miss out on the engaging conversations that will reflect different passions within Luke’s life, from those who knew him best. Along with a host of familiar faces, UK folk music legend Martin Carthy will be on hand to discuss the UK folk scene in the early 60’s where Luke trained with Ewan MacColl and plied his trade before returning to Ireland to join The Dubliners. Hear all about Luke’s life and legacy from his biographer Des Geraghty before sitting back to enjoy a super selection of live interviews and plenty of reminiscing, all of which will offer guests a unique insight into the man himself.

Families with children of all ages are sure to enjoy the selection of creative and interactive arts & crafts activities, as well as the opportunity to share Luke’s passion for all things football at an FAI hosted football activity happening throughout the day.

Source: Dublin CIty Council

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