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A FOLK FESTIVAL running in North Clare this week is set to become the first carbon neutral festival to take place in Ireland.

Doolin Folk Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday (June 10th to 12th) bringing three stages of folk from top Irish and international acts across the three days.

Susan O’Neill, Mary Black, Damien Dempsey, Ye Vagadbons, Séan Keane and Tara Breen are among the performers for the eighth annual Doolin Folk Festival.

Set in Hotel Doolin, the first carbon neutral hotel in Ireland, Doolin Folk Festival is run by Doolin Arts, the hotel’s non-profit vehicle for supporting the arts in North Clare. All Doolin Arts events, including the Doolin Folk Festival, are run on a non-profit basis ensuring that 100% of the ticket revenue goes directly to artists, crew and the delivery of the festival.

Regular attendees at music festivals at home and abroad, the team at Hotel Doolin have always wanted to ensure that The Doolin Folk Festival was a truly sustainable festival, with a positive impact on the environment and the arts community and the first carbon neutral music festival in the country.

“If a small festival like the us can achieve carbon neutrality and pay a fair rate to performers then there is no reason the bigger festivals, with all their resources and profit generated, cannot strive to do the same,” Managing Director of Hotel Doolin, Donal Minihane outline.

There will be no single use or plastic packaging or products in use at this year’s festival, no printed programmes, wrist bands will be compostable, all energy used will be from renewable sources and they will be planting 500 native trees onsite with ahead of the festival to add to the 700 they already planted earlier in the year.

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s like Lisdoonvarna, Doolin is an intense musical journey and the Folk Festival is a highlight of the summer festival season.

Tickets are close to selling out, don’t miss Doolin Folk Festival, 10-12 June:

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