Booley House Festival

Enjoy traditional Irish music and dance at the Booley House Festival

Anyone who wants to experience a collection of vibrant and traditional Irish music can visit and enjoy The Booley House Festival at St Michael’s Hall, Ballyduff Upper in County Waterford.

The exciting and uninterrupted 90 minute show, taking place every Wednesday night between the 1st July 2009 and the 26th August 2009, offers authentic, time-honoured native music from Ireland as well as breathtaking performances from Irish Step dancers from the Michael Ryan School of Irish Dance.

Set dance teachers, Tom Hyland and Ciara Dunne unveil their dancers, who will execute an exciting routine of Irish sets, which often encourage audience participation in the aisles. A recent introduction to the show has been that of brush dancers, which have proved very popular with visitors.

As often has been the hallmark of the Booley House Festival, the musicians provide a distinctive sound performing on traditional instruments with renowned artists including Liam Flanagan, Tony Dunne and Gerry Mckee.

They are accompanied by singers Frances Foley, Ber Browne and Sarah O’Mahoney with a guest spot from an invited artist to ensure the diversity and entertainment of the Booley House Festival continues.

As well as music, resident Seanachai or storyteller, James Lenane will be on hand to entertain with stories of times gone by. This well known narrator is sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles with funny anecdotes and tales.

People wanting to travel around Ireland and watch this presentation of traditional Irish entertainment can hire a car from Dublin or its Airport and travel south to County Waterford and onto the small rural community of Ballyduff where the Booley House Festival can be enjoyed.

The show, which was first produced in 1991, has continued to evolve and become the inspiring spectacle it is today, supported by a 70 plus strong cast of all ages.

Booley House performers have entertained crowds at many festivals throughout Ireland and Europe over the recent years and performed for EU politicians at a conference in Cork in 2001.

Many of their dancers have gone on to join the Riverdance troupes performing to audiences all around the world.