Event Details


23-25 January


Jindabyne NSW

Australia’s Premiere Irish Festival

Every year Jindabyne comes to life with the sound of music and cheer as the Irish community moves in to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere. One weekend packed full of events for everyone to enjoy.

The festival will host a wealth of Irish music, cultural sporting and talent from NSW, Canberra, Victoria and beyond. An exciting 3-day program has been compiled to cater to a range of Irish tastes..

Whether you enjoy a trad session, listening to some fantastic musicians, strapping on your boots for a game of hurling or camogie or test your strength in the Tug O War, taking a whirl around the dance floor or just soaking up the atmosphere with a Guinness – there will be something for everyone at the festival.

Loretta Cosgrove, who has been involved with the festival for several years explains, “the Festival is a unique opportunity to celebrate and enjoy Irish music and sport, to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!! Everyone is welcome, no matter what your heritage your guaranteed to be warmly welcomed! Only requirement is you must enjoy the craic’ be ready for anything and enjoy one of the best free flowing festivals in Australia that is growing every year”

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2015 PROGRAM….

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Where can I stay?

Jindabyne has plenty of accommodation options, catering to all budgets, from pubs, hotels, motels, ski lodges and camping areas. Jindabyne in the summer is one of the best kept secrets and one that the Irish Cultural Festival Lake Jindabyne has been taken full advantage of.


For more information contact Absolute Alpine.

1300 278 483

or Book Online: www.absolutealpine.com.au



Who’s Playing?

Blackwater Irish Band

Blackwater Irish Band based in Sydney, is one of Sydney’s premier Irish Bands. Formed in 1996 by PJ Cullen (Patrick Cullen) and have been playing continuously on the Irish Music scene. Blackwater Irish Band features PJ Cullen and Suzanne (Suzie) Toomey and are highly regarded in Irish Music circles in the Sydney region, they have travelled near and far to play gigs.

Mick McHugh

Honest heart-warming lyrics and engaging stories coupled with his one-man band acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica and foot percussion. Irish singer songwriter Mick McHugh’s live shows strive to connect, inspire and disseminate positive messages. – See more at: http://mickmchugh.com/#sthash.omuEwUQd.dpuf

See Mick McHugh at the “Monster Concert” on Saturday 24th January and at Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains at 7.30pm on 25th January 2015….

Rory Faithfield

Rory Faithfield is currently working on a set of new songs for his forthcoming fifth album, ‘Southern Cross, Northern Skies’ and has relocated back to Australia after many years in Ireland.

Latest songs include: ‘Rebel Songs’ and ‘The Bloody Hookline’, (Live Video Clip Below) performed recently around Ireland.

Rory Faithfield will be playing at Rydges Horizons on Friday 23rd January at 7.30pm as well as at the “Monster Concert” which is a FREE open air concert at Banjo Paterson Park…


A festival as special as Jindabyne cannot take place without the help and support of our proud sponsors. Sincere thanks to our kind sponsors who gave so generously in cash and kind, showing great faith in what we are achieving. To the great core of passionate people from far and wide who give much time and effort to making our weekend one of special joy and goodwill, my heartfelt thanks, we’ve turned a dream into reality, like those before us. The festival has previously donated money raised directly to Irish Welfare Bureaus in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Wollongong. ASPECT (Autism Australia), Kids With Cancer, Jindabyne Bush Fire Brigade and the Premiers Flood Relief.

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For Information Contact

John McLoughlin – (Jindabyne) 0414 439 659

Steve Carey – (N.S.W & GAA) 0418 433 661

or email irishfestivaljindabyne@gmail.com

Please direct any accommodation questions to Natalie on 0431600056