Music & Song

Drumshanbo is rightly famous over the years, for its traditional music and song! So much so, that there are no less than two annual ‘traditional’ festivals held in the town. Plus of course, Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan is a celebrated town resident.

Listen to, and enjoy these historic and beautiful
Drumshanbo ballads, performed by popular Leitrim singer Fionnula Maxwell.

A Song About Drumshanbo – Three Cheers for Burchell!
From Dúchas Schools’ Collection
Song gotten from Mrs Catherine MacPartland (71) from Lurgan, Arigna.
She heard the song from her mother (from near Drumkeeran)
around 60 years before that (1937)

An Invitation (Leitrim Observer Feb2 1908)
Ascribed to Mr Bernard Gray, Carrick-on-Shannon
by William Doyle, Drumshanbo.

The Woes of a Process Server (in Serving a Defendant
on Innisfail Island, Lough Allen).
From the Leitrim Observer 11/05/1929 Signed MB)

Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance.

Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award-winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week-long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim’s heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

To visit their website

An Tóstal Festival

An Tóstal was the name for a series of festivals held in Ireland in the 20th Century. Inaugurated in 1953 as a celebration of Irish life, it continued on until 1958 when it gradually died out in most centres except Drumshanbo, where it continues to be held annually.

Two of the Festival’s highlights are the Opening Parade and the now famous “Stylish Silage” competition

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Drumshanbo Glimpses of the Past

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