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Weekend of culture: Puck Fair and Fleadh Cheoil kick off

Street performers, a cattle fair, fireworks and traditional music…Kerry and Cavan have it all this weekend.

File photo of dancers at the 2002 Puck Fair
File photo of dancers at the 2002 Puck Fair
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THIS RARE BOUT of sunshine is a good excuse to get out of the house this weekend. Kerry’s Puck Fair, one of Ireland’s most unusual street festivals, and Cavan’s musical Fleadh Cheoil both get underway today with full programmes planned for the weekend ahead.

The highlights of the Puck Fair include the horse and cattle fair, street artists and performers, children’s workshops, open air concerts and a “fireworks extravaganza” at midnight on Sunday.

If you can’t make it to Kerry for the weekend, the fair’s website has live webcams in the Square and Market Street of Killorglin so you can still enjoy the fun from home.

At the Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan, today’s concert of ‘No Musical Demarcation’, with work from members of both Catholic and Protestant communities,  is sold out but the festival has a host of other concerts planned until 20 August.

Tomorrow, catch accordion player Sharon Shannon who has collaborated and toured with the likes of U2, Willie Nelson, Shane McGowan and Imelda May. And one of Ireland’s most famous singing priests and composers Fr Liam Lawton will host a concert on Sunday with tickets priced at €10.

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