Féile na hInse

Féile na hInse was established in 1984 as part of the celebrations for the victory of Ennis in the Glór na nGael Competition of 1983. The festival consisted of several competitions and took place over one afternoon. Although small, it proved so popular that the following year it was decided to make the festival an annual event and a committee was established to achieve this whose members were;

  • Chairman: Roibeárd ó Ceallaigh
  • Secretary: Pádraig Mac Mathúna
  • Competition Secretary: Dónal Mac Mathúna
  • Treasurer: Máirtín Ó Dubháin
  • Publicity Officer: Domhnall Ó Loingsigh

Féíle na hInse developed year after year, going from strength to strength. It received great support from schools and teachers, as it presented a great opportunity for children to use their Irish outside the classroom in fun and creative ways. Parents also were very delighted when they saw their children on stage displaying their talents, by acting, singing, recitation or dancing.

The present committee:

Chairperson: An tSiúr Eibhlín Ní Challanáin

Secretary: Aoife Ní Chonchúir

Competitions secretaries: Róisín Ní Cheallaigh agus Sara Nic Conmara

Treasurer: Liam Clothessy.

Other members:  Caitlín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, Daithí Ó Diollúin, Domhnall Ó Loingsigh, Dónal Ó hAiniféin, Pádraig Mac Mathúna, Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Clíona Ní Chonghaíle.


Féíle na hInse is now the largest such festival in the Region, with over 2,000 young people involved each year and over 70 schools, both primary and Second level, participating.

The Féile awards prizes to the value of € 3,000, between trophies, Gaeltacht scholarships, and other prizes.

  • It takes place over eight days in March each year.
  • It takes a committee of 20 members as well as up to 12 assistants and 20 adjudicators to run the Festival.
  • The festival will be celebrating 35 years going strong in 2019.