Newbridge Grassroots Festival full programme of events

Luka Bloom
Newbridge Grassroots Festival has lined up a number of exciting events for its four day run from yesterday, September 12, until next Sunday, September 15.

Newbridge Grassroots Festival has lined up a number of exciting events for its four day run from yesterday, September 12, until next Sunday, September 15.

Highlights will include a concert with Caragh soprano Celine Byrne, a community fun run, a taste of Newbridge and a free grand finale concert with local singer Luka Bloom and a fire works display.

Here is a run-down of events:

Celine Byrne in Concert

Friday 13 September 8.30pm at the Riverbank Arts Centre

It has been a busy year for Kildare’s own Soprano, Celine Byrne, with recent performances in Covent Garden, the National Concert Hall, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the Dubai Duty Free Derby and Croke Park to name but a few. Celine is now returning close to home. This classical concert at the awe-inspiring St. Conleth’s Parish Church is presented by the Riverbank Arts Centre as part of the Newbridge Grassroots Festival and will feature well-known arias from favourite operas and also beautiful Irish songs in keeping with the grassroots theme. Celine will be accompanied by pianist Dearbhla Brosnan and the Hibernian Chamber Ensemble, led by Sandra Mason. Tickets are €20 and it is sponsored by O’Reilly Recruitment from Riverbank Arts Centre box office - 045 448330 / online via

Sensational Kids Community Fun Run 
Saturday 14 September 12 noon from Newbridge Garden Centre

This charity fun run starts at 12 Noon at Newbridge Garden Centre, behind Finlay’s Garage. All participants can walk or run up the Main St. to the the bridge at the River Liffey where there will be free bouncing castles for the children and a static display of military vehicles and vintage cars in the car park of the Patrician Secondary School, opposite the church. Each entrant will receive a goody bag kindly sponsored by Dunnes Stores.

The entry fee is €2 per person, with all proceeds going towards funding Sensational Kids speech & language and occupational therapy services for children of all abilities.

To register phone Sensational Kids on 045 520900 and pay by credit/debit card over the phone or use the registration form on

Taste of Newbridge

Saturday 14 September from 12 noon at George’s Street
Ramble along to George’s St. and choose from an exciting assortment of food to tempt your palate! Lots of eateries with different cuisines will participate, offering you plenty of choice for lunch or a snack on the move. This was a very popular aspect of Newbridge 200 celebrations last year so be sure to call by.

The free Grand Finale Concert
Sunday 15 September, from 6pm at the Liffey Linear Park

For the first time ever, permission has been granted to hold a Concert at The Strand at Newbridge’s Liffey Linear Park. Overcoming the logistical difficulties of erecting a stage, this free Finalé Concert will be held at the unique venue at the heart of Newbridge and is sure to be a magical location for a fantastic end of Summer gig. It’s the town’s very own ‘Band on the Strand’. There will be some crafts and refreshments stalls on hand to add to the atmosphere and a wonderful line up of entertainment which kicks off at 6pm.

It is sponsored by Newbridge Credit Union.

St. Conleth’s Community Games Variety Group will get the show on the road, with their winning act. Tammy Browne, finalist in the 2013 Voice of Ireland TV show on RTE earlier this year, will take to the stage at 7.p.m. The Voice experience has given her a huge profile and extended following as she and her band ‘Radio Shack’ gig across the length and breadth of the country from her Munster base. The Concert headline act is none other than Newbridge’s own Luka Bloom! Bringing the title theme of ‘Grassroots’ to the fore, it is wonderful that Luka is able to come back to where it all began for him. Fresh from a busy summer, he will be joined by a group of talented friends (including Steve Cooney, Robbie Harris and Robbie Perry) to help him create a fantastic festival sound for Newbridge.

A Fireworks Display over the Liffey will follow the Finalé Concert to wrap up the inaugural Newbridge Grassroots Festival, promising to bring the action packed four-day programme to a spectacular close. One not to be missed!

Music Trail

Newbridge’s pubs are offering music over the four nights of the Festival, so you can rock day and night! Check out posters in individual pubs for details of music on offer.