Nestled alongside the Sliabh Aughty mountains, the village of Feakle consists of a community of just around 800 people. With local school, church, post office and a few shops plus pubs and restaurants, it has all the character of a small and charming Irish village.
Feakle is a parish that is proud of its credentials, as many well known people have their roots here. Poet Brian Merriman who wrote ‘The Midnight Court’ and composer Johnny Patterson all hail from the village. In later years, Feakle gave rise to playwright Kieran Sheedy, sociologist Fr Harry Bohan, former Clare hurling manager Ger Loughnane and many more that have graced national stages with great success.
Musical culture has always been a major focal point for the village. People such as PJ Hayes, Francie Donnellan, Paddy Canny, Martin Rochford together with more recent players like Mary McNamara, Mark Donnellan, Andrew McNamara, Vincent Griffin, Paddy O’Donoghue, Seamus Bugler and Martin Hayes have all contributed to keeping the tradition alive. The famous Tulla Céilí Band, founded by the late PJ Hayes, still plays regularly for céilís. Included in their schedule is the closing céilí in Feakle on the Sunday night of the Festival calendar.
You will also find many regular music sessions at Shortt’s Bar and in Pepper’s Bar – while impromptu sessions take place throughout the village and concerts are regularly held at Pepper’s. The younger musicians are taken care of with top quality music teachers Mary McNamara and Vincent Griffin.
When visiting, remember that food is available seven days a week at Pepper’s. Here you’ll embrace the culture of ‘home cooking at affordable prices’. (Bureau de change and AIB banking facilities are available at the Post Office close to Pepper’s Bar.)
Origin of Name: Feakle takes its name from the Irish ‘An Fhiacail’ which means ‘the tooth’.