Festivals & Events
Festivals, street carnivals, celebrations of music and art - all can be found throughout the year in Beara. Of course, don't forget the famous Ring of Beara Cycle that brings people from far and wide to enjoy the many delights of Beara, both on the bike and in the many restaurants and bars!a
Featuring: Sharon Shannon, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Mick O'Brien, Tom Delaney, Caroline Keane, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Cór Chúil Aodha, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail.
Jim Dowling was born in Dolphins Barn in Dublin in 1938 and attended James Street Christian Brothers School and Rathmines School of Commerce. He began his career as a messenger boy in Guinness Brewery at the age of 15, transferred to the Brew House 3 years later and remained there until the age of 31.
Jim was one of a select band of young musicians who trained with the legendary piper Leo Rowsome at a time when traditional music was confined to the back streets and the kitchens. But many people had begun to feel that there was a pressing need for a national organisation to promote Ireland’s unique musical culture. And so, in 1951, at the Dublin Pipers Club headquarters, the first standing Committee of Cumann Ceoltóirí na hÉireann was elected. Jim Dowling held the position as secretary for 12 years.
Jim moved down to Glengarriff in 1969 and set about popularising the playing and making of uillean pipes and traditional music. The seisiuns he held in the bar at Dowling’s Caravan Park soon became a focus for musicians from far and wide, and those who wanted the opportunity to learn from a master musician.He died in November 2008 and this festival is a commemoration of his significant contribution to Uilleann piping and traditional music.
For full schedule see www.jimdowlingfestival.eu
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