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The brainchild of Dale McKay & Siobhan Buckley, Portlaoise Trad Fest was established in 2023 with the aim of showcasing the wonderful talent and the hunger there is for traditional music in Co Laois.

In late 2022 Dale Mckay approached Siobhan Buckley with the idea of creating Portlaoise’s first ever Irish Traditional Music Festival. Siobhan agreed it was a great idea and here we are a few months later with fully fledged team dedicated to creating a festival full of fun, music and community. All our members are well respected musicians, teachers and experts in their areas. We are looking forward to molding all our unique skills together to see what we can create and achieve with Portlaoise Trad Fest.

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The brainchild of Dale McKay & Siobhan Buckley, Portlaoise Trad Fest was established in 2023 with the aim of showcasing the wonderful talent and the hunger there is for traditional music in Co Laois.

In late 2022 Dale Mckay approached Siobhan Buckley with the idea of creating Portlaoise’s first ever Irish Traditional Music Festival. Siobhan agreed it was a great idea and here we are a few months later with fully fledged team dedicated to creating a festival full of fun, music and community. All our members are well respected musicians, teachers and experts in their areas. We are looking forward to molding all our unique skills together to see what we can create and achieve with Portlaoise Trad Fest.