In response to the announcement by the Taoiseach that travellers from Britain should not for the time being come to Ireland, the Percy French Festival and Mary Kenny have agreed that her participation in next week’s events cannot now occur. We greatly regret this, but acknowledge that it is the duty of us all to put the health and safety of the people of Ireland first.


  • Pre-booking is essential as we must plan the seating arrangements to comply fully with HSE guidelines on Covid-19.
  • No tickets will be available on any day.
  • Complimentary face masks and sanitiser will be available.
  • Masks will be required to be worn throughout the Festival.

  • Informed Social & Cultural discussion of Ireland today

  • Music performed by leading songwriters & musicians

  • Annually at Castlecoote House, Co. Roscommon, since 2009

  • Honorary President: President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins

2020 Speakers include

Dr Fáinche Ryan
Professor Ray Kinsella
Professor Patricia Casey
Professor Gerard Casey
Kevin Myers
Declan Ganley
Maria Steen
Jayne Barry
Michael Fitzmaurice


2020 Perfomers include

Eileen Coyle
Frasier Hickland
Michael Banahan
Vincent Pierse
David Larkin

William Percy French

A social commentator throughout his many writings, plays, and songs. International stage entertainer, songwriter, actor, concert promoter, editor, banjo player and a landscape artist of repute.