Sliabh Luachra Culture

Sliabh Luachra is recognised nationally and internationally as the bedrock of traditional Irish Music, song, dance, poetry and culture

Sliabh Luachra is recognised nationally and internationally as the bedrock of the traditional Irish Music, song, dance, poetry and culture and is the source and inspiration of some of the finest traditional musicians in the whole of Ireland. In the past the area was blessed with gifted music teachers whose names are legendary. While traditional music was played in the area for several hundred years, these gifted teachers such as Pádraig O’ Keeffe gave the music a ‘Draíocht’ and a feeling that came from the soul of its’ people. Other people of note from the area include Pádraig Ó’ Dúinnín – Lexicographer and Historian; Ned Buckley – poet; and Aogán O’ Rathaille – 17th century Irish Language Poet; amongst others. The region of Sliabh Luachra, through its history, people and sets of traditions form one of Ireland’s premier cultural treasures.

Discover Sliabh Luachra: Experience Our Trail

One of the best ways to explore the culture of Sliabh Luachra is to travel the Sliabh Luachra Cultural Trail. The Sliabh Luachra Cultural Trail was developed as an attraction to showcase the wealth of traditional culture and heritage for which Sliabh Luachra is famed both near and far. Driving along quaint country roads and bohreens – through farmscapes and heath covered uplands you will be directed to points of cultural and historical significance. Many photo opportunities will no doubt present themselves along the way. Pastures, heathlands and modern forestry plantations form inspiring vistas which extend from northern hills to the Blackwater valley of the south where the mountains rise sharply skyward creating a majestic southern horizon. It is no wonder so many people were inspired to write songs, compose poetry and play music in this part of the world. Come to experience and explore this magical heritage landscape!

To find out more about the Cultural Trail and the Music, History and the Culture of the Sliabh Luachra Region please visit our website www.sliabhluachra.com

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