Welcome to Tradoodle Festival 2021

Co. Monaghan’s Traditional Arts Festival presented by Ceol Connected in association with Monaghan County Council.

11th – 14th November 2021

After a year like no other, I am thrilled to present our 4th annual Tradoodle Festival programme that will once again bring a range of exciting workshops and events to school and family audiences across the county.

In curating this year’s programme, there has been such a strong sense of hope, determination, and joy among our artists and creative collaborators at the thought of once again bringing live experiences of the arts to children and young people across the county.

We really can’t wait to share it with you all! Across the festival, we have an incredible 24 artists from the fields of visual arts, theatre, sensory arts, and puppetry working alongside local and visiting traditional musicians, singers, and dancers. They will facilitate workshops and present performances across community venues that include the county libraries, the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Sliabh Beagh Knockatallon, and Íontas Arts Centre.

The programme is full of treasures, but some highlights include the premiere of our Pigeon on the Gate traditional music series for children, our Sounding the Senses artist residency in Holy Family Cootehill, a jam-packed Family Day programme at Íontas Arts Centre, and a library tour of the magical Ceol na Síog by Gráinne Holland.

As a traditional musician, I have been fortunate over the past few years to have had the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts (albeit online in recent times). I have witnessed first-hand the sense of joy and well-being that comes with singing and dancing, playing and creating, and being curious with the world through the arts.

At Tradoodle Festival we are determined to play our part in ensuring that as many children as possible have an opportunity to participate in and experience the arts in this way. We can’t do this alone, and we’re grateful to our community and funding partners for continuing to support us in what we do. All that’s left to say is that I hope that you get to join us and enjoy the music, the magic, the singing, and the dancing, and experience something of what Tradoodle has to offer.

Thomas Johnston

Artistic Director - Tradoodle Festival, Ceol Connected