About The Kilcoole Music Festival

The Annual Kilcoole Music Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the country. It was started in 1955 by the then District Nurse, Ms. Mary Kiernan, who saw a need to help the children of the area develop their many talents. It has been quite an accomplishment for this small village to host a festival of this kind for so long.

Originally a half-day event the festival has grown over the years to a six day event with over 50 music competitions and 7 verse speaking competitions. The competitors vary in age from under eights to adults. The festival now draws competitors from near and far. The Variety of competitions is breathtaking- vocal solos, duets, choral, strings, piano, recorder, flute, guitar, junior chamber and orchestra.

The Kilcoole Music Festival has been organised and run with the aid of volunteers who give their time and talents generously. We are very grateful to all who work at the festival itself and behind the scenes in order to help the festival run smoothly.

Festival Aims

Our festival is prepared each year to best serve its aims, these are:

  • To promote an interest in music.

  • To encourage everyone, and especially young people, to take an active part in the musical arts.

  • To continue to hold the Kilcoole Music Festival as an annual event.

  • To organise occasional concerts and recitals.