The Mickey McKenna Festival

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Mickey McKenna was a great friend to Alternative Entertainments through the years. A fine musician he belonged to the McKenna family of musicians who also counted Barney McKenna of Dubliners fame in their number.

Mickey contributed to many AltEnts projects, particularly as a founding member of The Tallafornian Mandolin Band that graced many stages and festival around the country. Held in his hometown of Trim each May this festival acknowledges and celebrates his life and music.

Mickey was a teacher and performer who enriched the musical life of the country. The festival continues his work with sessions in local schools, workshops in Trim library and performances featuring national and international musicians (Henry McCullough, Jim Rooney, John Feeley, Dave O’Rourke, Hugh Buckley, Charlie Piggott, Paul Kelly) playing alongside local musicians from Trim and surrounding areas.

Mickey McKenna Festival 2016

A Celebration of the life & music of Mickey McKenna Friday 30th September & Saturday 1st October 2016.

Friday 30th September: School Workshops (for school attendees only); Saturday 1st October: Family Concert at 3.30pm with Niamh Ni Bheolain, Liam Kennedy, Kevin Ward. MC - Finbar Boyle. Children of all ages welcome. Free performance.

Evening Concert 8pm with Sean Garvey, Daoirí Farrell, Niamh Ni Bheolain, Liam Kennedy and Kevin Ward. Admission Free. Venue: Trim Library. Tel: 046-9436014. Email: For further information contact Alternative Entertainments at 087 2252 725 or