Savour “ceol agus craic” at Swinford’s Siamsa Sraide 3rd -8th Aug 2018

Swinford's summer music and street festival

Siamsa Sraide Swinford 2016 logo

Síamsa Sráide means “Fun on the Street” (in Irish, or Gaeilge) and Siamsa Sraide is also the name of Swinford’s own summer street festival, now in its 34th year. This year’s Siamsa Sraide Street Festival takes place from Friday 3rd August to Wednesday 8th August and is a week-long celebration of music and fun in market town, Swinford, Co, Mayo.  It is an ideal fun family festival with 6 days and nights of FREE entertainment.

Trad sessions, open-air céilí dancing, International Busking Competitions and Heritage Day – you’ll find them all in Swinford. The programme (full details below) includes an extensive children’s itinerary and treasures in the form of history walks and talks, poetry recitals, and sports events. It has a strong, warm and welcoming community focus.

Siamsa Sraide 2018 Festival Swinford – official launch night (15th June)

Mayo Person of the Year 2018, Sister Maureen Lally, will officially launch Síamsa Sraide 2018 on Friday June 15th at 9.30pm in Campbell’s Lounge Bar, Main Street, Swinford. Come along and be a part of the official launch night of this special Festival, now in its 34th year.  The event will be filmed by Sky Showcase TV series “The Irish at Home & Abroad” with Henry McGlade.

Siamsa Sraide Swinford 2018 Street Festival – Full programme

Síamsa Sráide Festival is a complete package – a loose collection of cultural, artistic, musical, historical & heritage, sporting and children’s events. You can dip in and out, cherry-picking whichever events that seem fun and interesting to you. The programme depicts regional and cultural variations typical to East Mayo. It is in these differences that Swinford shows its individuality and unique heritage.


Dates: commence on Monday July 30th for one week

Location:  all workshop classes take place in Scoil Muire agus Treasa (Swinford N.S.)

Creative Dance Classes, Under 18.
Time: 10am

Uilleann Pipe Classes – Beginners
Instructor: Jerry O’Sullivan, New York Piper
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Uilleann Pipe Master Classes
Instructor: Jerry O’Sullivan, New York Piper
Time: 6pm – 8pm

To book workshops:

Contact: 086 8059172 (Bríd) 
All above workshops are free of charge

Traditional Music Classes

Classes available for tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, bodhrán, button accordion, concertina and flute

Dates: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd Aug

Location: Scoil Cheoil Síamsa (MI. Davitt CCÉ)

Times (to be confirmed): 4pm & 6pm, Monday to Friday

Duration of class: one hour

Cost for a week’s classes:  €25, or €20 per child if 2 or more family members attend

To book music classes:

Text:  087 7454032

Siamsa Sraide Highlights:

– Open Air Dancing nightly to Ireland’s Big Bands
– Crossroads Céilí (on a wooden platform)
– Children’s Programme
– Sports Events
– Historic Walk and Talk
– Folk Music and Poetry
– Workshops
– Traditional Irish Music and Rock Music
– Street Stalls, Heritage and Drama Performances
– International Busking Competition
– Entertainment in all the pubs

Síamsa Sráide will not leave you broke – All entertainment is FREE. The week-long festival is a lovely opportunity to meet old friends and local characters.

For further information about Siamsa Sraide 2018 Festival Swinford: 

Online:  —  Facebook
Email: Joe Mellett at

Siamsa Sraide 2018 – Full programme of workshops and classes

Siamsa Sraide Swinford Street Festival 2018 Workshops and Classes traditional Irish music and dance


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