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Committee: Chair, Padraig McLoughlin; Hon. Secretary, Clare McLoughlin; Hon. Treasurer, Josephine Rogers;
Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim,
Ireland. The town takes its name from the Irish, Druim-
The town is justly proud of its links with the past. The legends of the Tuatha de
Danann recall the arrival of these magical people in a swirling mist on the nearby
Sliabh an Iarainn mountain. They brought with them three musicians, Ceol, Binn and
Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This is a week long traditional festival of Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town.
The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music, while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.
Classes are open to people of all ages with some previous experience, although beginners are welcome to the set dancing, tin whistle and bodhrán classes.
In addition to the classes and workshops there are recitals, ceilithe, lectures, and open air music events. The impromptu music sessions, the natural beauty of the Drumshanbo area and the traditional 'ceád míle fáilte' hospitality of County Leitrim provide an unforgettable week for all those who participate in the classes and also for those who just visit the town to be part of the experience.