An Ghaoth Aniar – National Folk Theatre of Ireland

An Ghaoth Aniar – National Folk Theatre of Ireland

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An Ghaoth Aniar (meaning the Wind from the West in Irish), was developed in 2018 as part of the celebrations of our 50th anniversary. Through traditional Irish music, song and dance it brings you on a magical journey of how the west coast of Ireland has inspired our Irish cultural heritage.

Directed by Artistic Director, Jonathan Kelliher, it was a collaborative production with the National Folk Theatre Community cast. It reflects the essence of the Irish spirit and cultural traditions, the influence of our land and sea scapes and our Irish weather on our cultural heritage.

As suggested by the title, The Wind from the West, the inspiration for this production was the west coast of Ireland (now known as the Wild Atlantic Way), and all that it entails: the beautiful scenic land and seascapes; cultural traditions like the Sligo fiddlers and North Kerry dancers; aspects of the weather like a child playing in the rain and the wind; the beauty and the mystery of the boglands and all the working traditions of these fishing communities with boats like Naomhógs and Curraghs.

Combining the best of Siamsa Tíre’s unique Irish music, song and dance traditions with modern sets and staging this is magical spectacle combining old and new.  It gives a sense of the distinctive way of life and traditions, the cultural heritage of the west coast of Ireland. These grew out of the harsh yet beautiful landscape, a livelihood wrestled from poor land and rough seas, and a capacity to draw on human inventiveness and creativity to entertain themselves.

This limited-run show is exclusive to Siamsa Tíre and cannot be viewed in any other venue – a truly authentic experience not to be missed!

Show Details 2023:
  • To Book: To book click on the ‘Book Tickets’ button to select your preferred date. Please contact Box Office on 066-7123055 or email [email protected] if online booking is unavailable, or if you booking for a group.
  • Dates: 22nd, 24th, 26th & 29th June and 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th & 31st July 2023 @ 8:30 pm
  • Times:  Show commences at 8:30pm sharp and runs to 10:10pm with an interval. Doors open at 8pm.
  • Tickets: Adult €45, Student €36, Child €22.50, Family of 4 €108.
  • Special Offers: Residents of Co. Kerry receive a massive 70% discount. For tour group rates, please contact our Box Office on 0667123055.
For your convenience you can now pre-order your snacks and drinks when booking your tickets, or call our Box Office team on 066-7123055 and they will be delighted to organise this for you. 

About our Festival of Folk

The National Folk Theatre of Ireland is at the heart of Siamsa Tíre. Its purpose is to sustain, develop, and explore Irish culture and traditions. To showcase who we are, where we have come from, and who we are going to be.

Every summer, its annual Festival of Folk takes place from May to September, featuring evening performances of shows that combine the best of Irish music, song, dance, and stories. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed these performances. The energetic, wild, and passionate way they express the best of our traditional arts creates a memorable and emotional experience for all who witness it.

The shows are but one entertaining aspect of our Festival of Folk. We also provide interactive cultural activities during the day including guided tours, workshops and intimate performances that can work in with your day itineraries. Visit our Festival of Folk Page to find out more.


  • Due to rising costs a €1.50 booking fee now applies PER TICKET booked online at the box office, or on the phone. This is non refundable.
  • Tickets may not be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the performance has been cancelled.
  • Face coverings are optional and for safety we suggest wearing them when in crowded areas and near other people. View all of our safety measures.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call our Box Office on (066) 7123055 to book a wheelchair space.
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. Entry not guaranteed and is directed by the event.
  • If you or any member of your party have had symptoms of COVID-19 in the 7 days prior to an event we would ask that you do not visit the venue unless you are free from symptoms 48 hours prior to the event. Contact our Box Office by phone or email to let us know.
  • Kerry County Council parking is available on Princes Street beside Siamsa Tíre – check (Kerry County Council – Home | Facebook) for any restrictions. It is free after 6pm. It has access for bus parking and also disability parking just outside the theatre.
  • As always, the health and safety of our patrons and staff remains our utmost priority, so we kindly ask that you continue to respect the personal space and safety of others.

We thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to welcoming you to Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

To register for this event please visit the following URL: https://siamsatire.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173637591 →



22 June 2023 - 8:30 pm
24 June 2023 - 8:30 pm
26 June 2023 - 8:30 pm
29 June 2023 - 8:30 pm
1 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
3 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
6 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
8 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
10 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
13 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
15 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
17 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
20 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
22 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
24 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
27 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
29 July 2023 - 8:30 pm
31 July 2023 - 8:30 pm


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