The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival and the Boys of Ballisodare Festival succeed where other summer festivals fail.

When the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival began in 1978 it was the second such festival in Ireland. Since then, summer festivals have mushroomed to the point that it is possible to attend one every week. However the festival circuit is governed by the laws of economic so

When the supply of festivals got too plentiful, the demand dropped off and there were inevitable casualties.

The 1982 Castlebar Festival reported losses of £30,000. Others suffering from a lack of patrons are Brittis Bay, Kilkenny, Macroom, Palmerstown and Mullingar events.

Some festivals have been successful, including the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival which took place in between 30 July and 1 August 1982. This year the County Donegal festival more than covered itself and profits made will go forward to the 1983 festival.

At Ballyshannon the majority of the attendees were foreigners and the event was well advertised. Although reigning in ambition, the committee managed to organise an impressive line-up of top names. These included Clannad, Na Casaidigh, the Sands Family, Jim McCann, Jimmy Crowley and Terry Woods.

For the fifth successive year the town's traders were delighted with extra business generated.

Another success story is the Boys of Ballisodare Festival held at Strandhill in County Sligo between 6 and 8 August 1982.

While there were some international acts on the bill, expensive names were avoided.

Ballisodare got back to its roots providing a platform for the cream of folk and traditional music.

Brothers Philip and Kevin Flynn started the Boys of Ballisodare Festival in 1977.

Musically this was the Flynn’s most success venture ending with a riveting set by Stockton's Wing.

Also performing over the three day event were De Dannan, Christy Moore, Clannad, Freddy White and special guests Sweeney's Men.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 August 1982. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.