Russell Memorial Weekend 2019 : Everything you need to know!

The countdown is on for the infamous Russell Memorial Weekend, and we’re SO excited, here at Doolin Tourism. With a jam-packed weekend of music, song, and dance, it’s not a weekend you want to miss out on so here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival.

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What is the festival all about?

The annual weekend is a traditional Irish music festival held in Doolin in remembrance of Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, and his brothers and sisters. 2019 marks the 25th year of the festival since it began in 1995. A weekend of traditional Irish song, music and dance awaits!

Where is the festival held?

The festival takes place in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland. Daily music sessions, concerts and other festival events take place in the Russell Cultural Centre and also in the local pubs and Hotel Doolin.

Is there a festival schedule available?

Yes! Scroll down to view the festival schedule or check out the event website here: www.michorussellweekend.ie or download the Poster.

Micho, Packie and Gussie Russell were very talented musicians who learned most of their music through their mother and other local musicians. They were from Doonagore in Doolin and lived there all their lives and played for house dances and later in the pubs of Doolin.

Micho, Packie & Gussie Russell in Doolin, Co. Clare, Wild Atlantic WayHow much does the festival cost?

Most of the music sessions and small events are free except the main ‘Russell Concert’ which takes place in the Russell Cultural Centre on Saturday 23rd February, and costs €25 per person.

Who is playing at the main concert?

Máirtín O’Connor, Donal Lundy and Zoe Conway hit the main stage in the Russell Cultural Centre on Saturday 23rd February at 2pm. Check out the clip below of the trio on The Late Late Show.

Festival Schedule 2019

Thursday 21 February:

  • Book Launch – “Sketches of Sessions at O’Connor’s, 1993-2003”, by Walter Schroeder, presented by Corinna Schroeder-von Frihling and Gus O’Connor’s Pub  |  O’Connor’s Pub, 8pm
  • Traditional Irish music sessions in Doolin’s pubs

Friday 22 February:

  • Young local talent  |  Russell Cultural Centre, from 7pm
  • Traditional Irish music sessions in Doolin’s pubs

Saturday 23 February:

  • Musical Workshops in the pubs  |  McDermott’s, O’Connor’s, and McGann’s
  • The Russell Concert – Máirtín O’Connor, Donal Lundy, and Zoe Conway  |  Russell Cultural Centre, 2pm
  • Traditional Irish music sessions in Doolin’s pubs

Sunday 24 February:

  • “Remembering the Russell Brothers”, presented by Eugene Lambe  |  O’Connor’s Pub, 11.30am
  • Anniversary Remembrance Mass in Doolin Church at 1pm, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Russell grave
  • Traditional Irish music sessions in Doolin’s pubs

Monday 25 February:

  • Monday’s Monster Music Session with dancers in the evening  |  O’Connor’s Pub, from 3pm

Where to Stay

Doolin has a great selection of accommodation options to cater for all tastes, budgets and requirements. Choose from Hotels & Guest Houses, Inns, B&Bs, Hostels, Welcome Standard Speciality Lodging, as well as holiday homes to hire or campsites for caravans, campervans or tents.

Where to Stay >

Where to Eat

Guinness, Irish whiskey, Irish coffee, “The Fry”, Irish stews, vegetable soup and soda bread, potato cakes and fish and chips are just a few of the traditional dishes and beverages that are on offer here in Doolin. If you’re looking for pub grub, fine dining or something in-between, Doolin is the place to enjoy all of these in both relaxed and vibrant dining atmospheres. The local eateries are stocked with all the best local produce, craft beers, wine and Irish favourites. Come and experience the tastes of the land and sea!

Where to Eat >

Stonecutters Burren Salmon with Lemon Butter

What to Do

If you’re looking to do some extra activities or shopping during the festival, you’re in luck. Aside from amazing musical experiences, Doolin is also home to some great activities, shops and places to see. Located just a stone’s throw from the famous Cliffs of Moher, and nestled in the beautiful Burren on the wild Atlantic coast, Doolin is rich in scenery, heritage and outdoor excursions.

What to Do >


Be sure to explore the rest of our website to find out more information, or to plan your next visit to beautiful Doolin in County Clare.

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