I can only see the moonbeams that on Innismeela float,
But if I slept inside the fairies’ ring
I could see them sailing, sailing in their little silver boat,
And I’d hear the song the little people sing.

For the Fairy Man has told me how he slumbered there one day,
And woke to find them dancing on the shore,
And still he hears them singing, though ‘tis faint and far away
And he’s wishing he was with them ever more.

I’ve seen the Queen of Fairyland! I’ve heard her wondrous song
With her to heights of happiness I have flown,
Now I know the days are weary, now I know the nights are long,
For the one I love has left me all alone.

Innismeela! Innismeela! There’s a sleep that knows no dream,
And its in that dreamless slumber I shall be,
For I know that I shall waken by some still celestial stream
And through the golden light come to me.

Prose, Poems & Parodies of Percy French, 1980, Helicon Limited, Dublin.


Early Booking Special Offer

Each whole day €50. Students €10

  • Three / Four Lectures
  • Afternoon Recital
  • Tea / Coffee / Homemade Cakes

Tickets to the talks taking place in the theatre room in Castlecoote House must be booked in advance, seating is strictly limited per event and we expect these to be fully booked well in advance so please book early to avoid disappointment

Ticket Office:

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Don’t miss out, Festival tickets sell out quickly!

We are very sorry to say that we can’t do refunds as they play havoc with the ticketing system. If you can’t make it, we’d rather you gave your tickets to a friend who can.

The 15th Percy French Festival

French Awakenings

19th, 20th, 21st July 2023

At Castlecoote House

Honorary President of the Festival, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

Informed Social & Cultural Discussion of Ireland Today.

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The Percy French Festival 2023 acknowledges the major support of Excel Industries, Dublin; Whyte’s; CastleAcre; C&F Quadrant Ltd; Davies Group; Hidden Ireland.

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