Welcome to the O'Cathain festival 2010

The committee is pleased to announce that John McGurk,well known historian and author, will join the festival over the three days. He will make formal and informal contributions and answer questions on this period of Irish history.


Festival date Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May 2010.


                         Venue Limavady area, Co. Derry, N.Ireland. 


                                            The Programme


Friday 30th April  Venue  Beech Hill Hotel  Ardmore Rd  Londonderry BT473QP


Arrive 7:00 for 7:30pm


Outline of festival and information                                           Willie O'Kane

Trace your roots in the clans                                                     Marcus Murchu




Harp recital                                     Lucy Kerr and Hempsey school of music

Music of Rory Dall O'Cathain and other Irish harpists.                  Jim Hunter

Admission Adults £5.  Children free




Saturday 1st May  Venue Roe Valley Country Park


Location. Off Ballyquin Rd (B68) or Drumrane Rd (B192)


Morning    12:30 for 1:00pm 


Walking tour of historical locations in Roe Valley Park.


Guide and narrator                                                                           Michael Conway


Display of weapons used in the 16th and 17th century and re-enactmemt of their use.                                                                                 Faoil Lia re-enactment group.


Display of illustrative images of Domhnall Ballagh O'Cathain, the last clan chief, created by school pupils.


Bring a picnic or use the restaurant and come dressed for outdoor activities. 



Evening  8:00pm.    Venue  Beneday Community Centre. Dungiven

  • Musical seisium by Seamus O'Kane and local artists.
  • Guest appearance by Maranna
  • Fashion Parade --- display of clothes worn by people from 16th and 17th century. Join in the fun and come in your own creation of 16th and 17th century clothes.

Admission Adults £5.  Children free





Sunday 2nd May.


Afternoon 2:00pm.  Venue Old Priory. Dungiven.


Prayer service for Domhnall Ballagh and deceased in the Priory.


The History of the Priory and Doddington's Bawn.                          Bob Curran


Musical entertainments by:-                                            

  • Armagh Rhymers.
  • Nollaig Brolly and original Downhill harp.
  • And other local artists.                                                             

Come dressed for outdoor activities



Evening 8:00pm. Venue Drummond Hotel. Clooney Rd, Ballykelly,  BT499HP



There will be an opportunity for children to have tuition in traditional dance during the evening.

Admission Adults £5. Children free.

Close of festival.