FREE CONCERTS: Free traditional arts concerts in Killarney are back tonight (Saturday). Pictured is Tim O’Shea.


The first of this summer’s free traditional arts concerts gets underway tonight (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, in Killarney.

Spraoi Chiarrai is the collective name given to a group of young traditional musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and performers who, for the last 14 years, have entertained locals and tourists alike with their unique shows in surreal settings.

Their first performance will feature sisters Maighreád Ní Lúasa (accordion) and sister Ciatriona Ní Lúasa (fiddle) from Coolea, Ballyvourney, and they will be joined by Spraoi Chiarraí producer/director Tim O’Shea (guitar/vocals/bodhrán).

After the performance there will be three more opportunities to catch the group at St Mary’s through the summer. There are also two outdoor performances planned for the grounds of Killarney House with the first of these scheduled for July 13.

The concerts feature fiddle, Irish harp, accordion, flute, whistle, Irish uilleann pipes, guitar, harmonica, bodhrán and vocals as well as Irish dancing and storytelling (outdoor only).

All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm.

“There is nothing quite like this around, it showcases two landmarks in Killarney to locals and visitors while at the same time showcasing young talent,” Tim O’Shea said. “And the youngsters get a chance to experience a real concert in a high profile setting.”