“ The Sliabh Luachra area is synonymous with traditional Irish music, song, dance and poetry and has produced some of our greatest poets, musicians and songwriters, such as Aogán Ó Rathaille, Paddy Cronin and Johnny O’Leary. The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail is a wonderful idea which can expand on the area’s rich cultural heritage ‘’
Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
“The organising committee of the Castleisland based Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has expressed its delight to be associated with the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail.
At a time when we remember the 10th anniversary of the passing of Johnny O’Leary we have the pleasure of congratulating his grandson, Bryan O’Leary on being awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year Award.
This is a huge and well deserved honour for Bryan and for the culturally rich and proud area of Sliabh Luachra – an area which continues to produce musicians of his calibre.”
Cormac O’Mahony, Festival Chairman.