We open proceedings on the Thursday evening with an Art competition confined to all the Primary Schools in the locality. Each year we offer the children a theme associated with music, local history or geography – this year its “50 years celebrating the new Church in the town”. Its a packed house every year when we announce the winners & give out the prizes. Later we have an Oíche Gaelige in TJ O’Connells Bar, New Street with Ceol, Cainnt agus crac.
Friday night is Busking night for groups aged 9 to 18 years. The footpaths on Main street are crowded with young musicians and their parents & friends. Bank Holiday motorists on their way down to Kerry, join in the festivities. We have a Ceili in Fr Casey’s GAA club, featuring Donie Nolan & Taylors Cross Céilí Band.
Daytime Saturday is devoted to music workshops with local participants and many more from neighbouring counties Kerry & Cork. After the workshops, we all adjourn to Donal & Ann’s Bar for the Youth Trad Session. In the evening, the town square is crowded with entertainment on the gig-rig. The main attraction will be the fabulous Wren Boys, namely The Ballaugh Ramblers.
Sunday afternoon, more music & fun in the square and Junior Bone playing on the Gig-rig. At 8pm we have Colaiste Íde agus Iosef band followed by the Shandrum Céilí Band in the Church of the Assumption.
On Monday night we have a show that is unique to Abbeyfeale; it is the International Bone Playing competition. At its peak around 2006, we had contestants from six countries, with the winner coming from the US.