Cashel Arts Festival is a four day festival set in the town of Cashel in County Tipperary, famous for the ancient and iconic Rock of Cashel. The significant heritage sites in the town form a dramatic backdrop to a fine selection of contemporary arts events every autumn.
Take your pick from music, dance, visual arts, film, theatre, workshops, family events and literature events. Involving and encouraging visitors and the local community to participate in a wide variety of arts is key to the festival. Whether you want to sit back and be entertained or get ‘stuck in’ and learn something new, this festival will have something for you.
Placing great importance on inclusivity ensures that many events are free and some have special offers or concessions. The festival has strong links to the community it serves and plays an integral part in connecting community groups in the locality. It also welcomes visitors to Cashel, giving them an opportunity to extend their stay by offering exciting arts events in this wonderfully historic town.
Supporting professional artists in developing their work and giving them a platform to perform is also a vital role of the festival, with most artists involved in the festival usually based in Ireland. Strong links with artists built-up over the 14 years the festival has been running ensures that high quality events are the hallmark of the festival.
Chairperson: John Murray Secretary: Emily Kirwan
Cyril Cullen, Eddie Dalton, Séamus J. King, Brian Moloney, Pat Murphy, Anne Devitt
Patrons: The Reverend Father Christopher O’Dwyer, P.P., Dean of Cashel; The Very Reverend Gerald Field, Dean of Cashel
Chairperson: Anne Marie O' Donnell Secretary: Éibhlis Maher
Treasurer: Eleanor Dwyer Treasurer’s Assistant: Josephine McCan
Safety Officer: Geraldine Stockil
PRO: Paul Maher
Festival Organising Team: Anne Devitt, Catherine Fogarty, Emily Kirwan, John Murray, Petronelle Clifton Brown, Rebecca Lenehan, Gillian Clifton Brown, Paul Maher, Yuliya Shilnikova, Geraldine Laffey
Brochure Design: Malgorzata Rosenfeld
Website Compilation: Dermot O’Halloran, Emily Kirwan
Social Media: Emily Kirwan
Brochure Front cover: ‘A Day in Cashel’ by Simone Walsh
Cashel Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Arts Council, Affinity Credit Union, AM Office Supplies, Cashel Irish Farmhouse Cheesmakers, Centenary Co-Op, Cook for You, Devitt’s Funeral Directors, Dominic’s Court Dental, Fáilte Ireland, FBD, IBP Insurance, O’Dwyer’s Pharmacy, Poetry Ireland, Stef Hans, Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Libraries.
Melanie Scott (Tipperary Arts Officer), Marie McGivern and Tipperary County Council, Áine McCarthy, Cllr. Tom Wood, Cllr. Roger Kennedy, Simone Walsh, Cashel Heritage and Development Trust, John Crosse, Olivia Quinlan and the staff of Cashel Heritage Centre, Cashel Library and staff, The Dean and Parishioners of Cashel Cathedral, Elaine Moriarty, Liam Mulhall, OPW and staff, Bríd and Tom O’Brien of O’Brien’s Cashel Lodge, Copperfield House B and B, Pat Marnane, John Harney, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Bookshop, Affinity Credit Union, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, DIY Centenary, O’Dwyer’s Pharmacy, Dominic’s Court Dental, FBD, Donal T. Ryan Solicitors, A.M. Office Supplies, AIB, Bakehouse, Bank of Ireland, Brian Ború, Campion Insurance, Cashel Flowers, Cian O’Carroll Solicitors, Darcy’s Hardware, Davern’s, Feehan’s, Friary Pharmacy, Horan’s Health Store, Interior Times, K.W. Opticians, Kennedy’s Pharmacy, Kilkenny Shop, Kinane’s, McCarthy’s, McInerney’s, Morrelli’s, Mr Mister, Noel Fahy Shoes, O’Dwyer’s Butchers, O’Dwyer’s Pharmacy, Rossa Pottery, Spearman’s Bakery and Tea Rooms, Sport of Kings Saddlery, Supervalu, Tic Toc Jewellers, Uptown Girl, Walsh’s Butchers, Dairygold Co-Op DIY, Donoghue’s, Lucy and Séamus Foley of Foley’s, Brenda Green, Cécile Mulcahy, Suzanne Buttimer, Jayne McConnon and the New Inn Voices, Maria Neavyn, John Murray, Cashel Community School, Geraldine Laffey and Gail O’Keeffe, Will Ryan and St John the Baptist Boys’ School, Mary Andrews and St John the Baptist Girls’ School, Elma Cooke and The Deanery School, Anne Heffernan, Scoil Chormaic, Evelyn Farrell and Cashel Day Care Centre, Ardmayle Historical Society, Seán Laffey, Mark Fitzell, Seán Leahy, Joe Barry, Uljana Cariova, Denis Heffernan, Alison DeVere Hunt, Caoimhe Perdue, Mary O’Reilly, Christy Hayes, Justin Irwin, Cian Laffey, Seán Maher, Áine Casey, Majella Ryan, Damien McCarron, Danny O’Dwyer, Maggie O’Malley-Brown, Pauline Hanley, Mary Walsh, Lindsey Jones, Sue Bickley, Sumana Kelly, Oisín Kelly, Gerald Ryan, Joan O’Brien, Lucy Burgess School of Dance, Eleanor Brannigan and The Elle Dance Academy, Katy Wallace and The Dancer’s Academy of Performing Arts, Anne Whelan School of Irish Dancing, Michelle Lawrence School of Irish Dance, The Kings and Queens of Cashel, Ken Whelan, The Committee and Staff of Halla na Féile, The Men’s Shed, Spafield Family Resource Centre, The Volunteer Centre, The Youth Centre, Eavaun Carmody, St. Patrick’s Brass Band (Cashel), Dr O’Hurley Pipe Band Cashel, Order of Malta, Cashel Girl Guides, Tipperary 8th Scout Troop (Cashel), Kevin Leamy, Victor Fire Protection, An Garda Síochána, Lion Print, Denis Vahey, Michael McDonnell, The Tipperary Star, The Nationalist, South Tipp Today, Tipp Mid West Radio, Tipp FM, to all our artists, festival team, volunteers and community members who were part of Cashel Arts Festival 2016.