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Friday, 4th June 2021

Drogheda Arts Festival all set to roll

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Maria Doyle Kennedy has a wonderful voice. Treat yourself to a special concert on Sunday night at 8.00pm which she recorded in Gerrard’s Church with her husband Kieran Kennedy.

Enjoy music and theatre online over the June bank holiday  

There’s an eclectic mixture of music and theatre taking place online over the bank holiday weekend courtesy of Drogheda Arts Festival which kicks off tonight, Friday 4 June.

Tonight there’s music from Tadhg Leahy + Friends with a session recorded in Sarsfield’s Bar. This exclusive online event for Drogheda Arts Festival features original music composed and arranged by Tadhg, much of which is included on his debut studio E.P.

In this concert, Tadhg will perform with a number of ensembles (trio, quartet, and quintet) aimed at enhancing the stylistically varied nature of the music, which moves naturally through classical, folk and jazz.  

Other featured artists include violinist Tadhg Murphy, multi-instrumentalist David Dockery, electric and double bass player Graham Heaney, vocalist Saoirse Kavanagh plus guitar / singer Stephen Carolan. Tadhg is a recipient of the Arts Council COVID-19 Crisis Response Award in 2020. (1 Hour), €10 per device.

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Sharon Carty and Úna Hunt - Saturday 5 June, 8pm (1 hour) \ €10 per device

France meets Ireland in an eclectic mix of songs and piano music by female composers. Recorded in St Peter’s Church of Ireland for Drogheda Arts Festival presented by Drogheda Classical Music Series, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and pianist Úna Hunt perform a programme celebrating female composers. 


SOLO: Maria Doyle Kennedy - Sunday 6 June, 8pm (1 hour) \ €10 per device

Solo returns to Drogheda Arts Festival this year in the intimate and atmospheric setting of Gerrard’s Church.  Maria Doyle Kennedy is well known for her hit albums Mutter and Sing (feat: John Prine, Damien Rice, and Paul Brady). Maria writes and performs with husband Kieran Kennedy.


Operation S.P.I.E.S. by Tailtiu Theatre - Sunday 6 June | 2pm.  €2

Following the success of Under D'Bed, Tailtiu Theatre in association with Droichead Arts Centre makes its Drogheda Arts Festival debut with a work in progress piece, Operation S.P.I.E.S. Join International Super Spy Rick Danger and absolute rookie Eugene O' Shaugnessy on ZOOM as they set out to save the Irish Secret Service. This is an interactive theatre experience for the whole family!  

Behind Locked Doors - 4th, 5th and6th June (one episode daily, 7:30pm)

In Quintessence Theatre’s digital debut, based on true stories from across Ireland, Behind Locked Doors explores the lived experience of one man and one woman each trapped in their own cycles of abuse exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions.   Behind Locked Doors is a work in progress and will be released in a series of short episodes online across the Drogheda Arts Festival 2021 as a prelude to a full-length live stage production in 2022. Suitable for ages 15+

For more information on these and other events, and to book tickets, see

As restrictions change and the country opens up, the summer festival for all the family, will evolve from online events over the June bank holiday, to live outdoor theatrical events and a mobile offsite sculpture installation in August.  And finally in September, watch out for details of a major exhibition in Highlanes Gallery.   The Drogheda Arts Festival is generously funded by Louth County Council and the Arts Council. 

All live/outdoor/offsite events will adhere to all Covid guidelines

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