Luke Kelly Festival is back

by Alison O'Hanlon
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‘The Dublin City Council Luke Kelly Festival’ returns to Smithfield Square on Saturday and Sunday  May 18/19, following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

Running from 12pm to 6pm, this free family-friendly festival offers a wide array of music, discussion, singalong-sessions, sport, arts and crafts and more in celebration of Dublin’s favourite son.

“The success of last year’s event proved something that most of us already knew, Luke Kelly is a true Dublin legend,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste.

“Not many people have 2 statues in their own home town, but there’s a reason Luke does! I can’t wait to see some of the top-class musicians we have turning out to pay tribute to him. So if you’re a Luke fan, or you’re new to his music, make sure you get yourself down to Smithfield for what promises to be a great weekend.”

Throughout the weekend, the Luke Kelly Stage, ably hosted by Luke’s niece Paula McCann, will play host to some of our best-loved musical acts in Mary Black, Lisa O’Neill, Phelim Drew and The Dublin Legends.

Across the programme, Luke’s native North Inner City will be represented by singer-songwriter Ciarán Moran from Smithfield and R&B artist Temi NLA from Sheriff Street. And to complete the bill, local folk artists Daoirí Farrell and Caoimhe Hogarty and a trio of George Murphy, Ger O’Donnell and Trevor Sexton will bring a selection of folk favourites for all to enjoy. 

For more information and updates, make sure to check out: www.dublin.ie/lukekelly

Photographs Julien Behal Photography

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