The Kindly Welcome

Ah! ‘twill only be a shower,
Tho’ the wind is from the West,
Just in for half-an-hour
And give yerself a rest.

And was that what ye wor sketchin’ –
Just the turf stack an’ the whins?
And yer death o’ cowld yer ketchin’ –
Mary Ann, put out them hins!

An’ that picture, do ye say now
Ye could sell for thirty bob?
Still, this paintin’ in a way now
Is a very lonesome job.

. . . . . .

Oh! now yer welcome, honey,
To a little sup like that;
Is it me be takin’ money
For what wouldn’t feed the cat!

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:

  • +353 (0)90 666 3794

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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