What is Cowboys and Heroes?

Cowboys and Heroes is Ireland’s n°1 Country Music and Americana festival with top Irish and American Country acts along with Western horse shows, an American car show, line dancing, jiving, Country Karaoke, 5 bars, a food village, camping, Tipi’s and lots more. It was awarded the Best Irish Music Festival 2015 in the Business Excellence Awards and Best Festival in the 2019 Hot Country Awards.

Where is the festival on?

Cowboys and Heroes takes place in Drumcoura City, an idyllic 50 acre western themed ranch, located just outside of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. With lake views, forest trails, the region’s largest indoor arena and a Saloon Bar and Restaurant open all year round, it's the perfect setting for a Country Music Festival. CLICK HERE for Google Maps location

When is the festival on?

Cowboys and Heroes will be held from the 29th  May – 1st  of June 2020.

How much do tickets cost?

Weekend Ticket are €75 each + postage.  Weekend tickets will cover you for all the performances and activities over the 4 days. Weekend tickets are only available in advance.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Alternatively, you can pay in cash for a day ticket at the gate. Friday 29th May will be €30, Saturday 30th May and Sunday31st May will be €35 and Monday will be pay what you can with all proceeds from the Monday going to local GAA County and Club teams.  We would encourage people who are paying at the gate to arrive before 8pm.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets can be bought on our online store (https://cowboysandheroes.bigcartel.com/products) or from our office by calling (071) 964 57 81.  Weekend tickets are also available at the Saloon Bar in Drumcoura City (the Venue), The Lakeland Bar Ballinamore or The Poor Scholar Ballinamore.

Campervan tickets are for comapervans / motorhomes only.  Caravans will not be allowed into any part of the festival grounds or campsite.

What’s the line up?

The line-up for 2020 will see performances from some of the best in Irish Country including Mike Denver, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady, Declan Nerney with lots more, see here for full line up.

We will also have a second stage in our Saloon with up and coming acts.

What’s on apart from the music?

  • Western horse shows on Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of May

  • American car show on all days

  • Mechanical Rodeo Bull

  • Line dancing demos and lessons

  • Jive dancing demos, lessons, and competition

  • Best dressed cowboy/cowgirl competition!

  • Children entertainments of Monday 1st June

  • Fantastic variety of food with everything from barbecue to southern chicken dishes

  • Hot wings Challenge

  • Country Star Competition

  • Country Karaoke

  • And much more!!

How do I get accommodation?

For a full list of local accommodations CLICK HERE.  Accommodation is in short supply during the festival so we recommend booking as early as possible.  Our best recommendations for onsite accommodation are:


Glamping tipi's or pre-pitched normal tents with Pitched Perfect  https://pitchedperfect.ie/product-category/cowboysheroes/ 


Campervan/Motorhome parking tickets are €50 each and are available by calling us on 0719645781 (No caravans allowed, Campervan/Motorhome tickets are for campervans/morohomes only)


There is also a campsite in our neighbour’s field where you can pitch your own tent under the stars.  Cost for this is €40 for one tent and car for the weekend and is paid for at the gate of the campsite, cash only.

Is there local transport to and from the festival?

During the festival weekend a shuttle buses will run to and from the festival to Ballinamore and Carrigallen. These services are operated by a private contractor, unrelated to the festival.

What facilities are provided at the campsite / campervan site and how much do they cost?

Campervan/Motorhome tickets are €50 for the weekend and can be purchased by calling us on 0719645781. There are no daily rates. Caravans will not be allowed entry to any area of the festival.  There are two campervan areas, one which is a hard stand area and one which is lakeside (grass surface). Campervan passes for the Hard Stand area are limited. Once the Hard Stand passes have sold out only lake side spaces will be available. There are no electrical hook-ups of any kind and while there is a water supply, we ask that campervans arrive with full tanks of water.

The campsite (for tents) is provided by a neighbouring land owner and costs €40 to pitch one tent and park one car for the weekend.  We provide chemical toilet disposal facilities. Shower facilities are available for a small fee.


St. Johns Ambulance will be providing First Aid and medical support beside the rare exit. Please refer to the festival map for precise location.

Is the festival accessible for wheelchair users?

Yes, the festival is wheelchair accessible and there will be a designated area for wheelchair users in the main arena.

Are tickets / wristbands transferable?

At the gate, weekend tickets will be redeemed for wristbands. These wristbands cannot be shared. If the seal of the wristband is broken, it is void and entry shall not be permitted.


Can large groups be accommodated?

For booking large groups please contact our office on (071) 964 57 81. If you have a stag, hen or birthday and are looking to celebrate at Cowboys and Heroes you can book glamping or pre-pitched tents via https://pitchedperfect.ie/product-category/cowboysheroes/.  Alternatively you can pitch your own tents in our neighbours field which can be paid for on arrival.


What are the opening/closing times ?

Gates open to the event on Friday the 29th of May at 6pm.  Campervan owners and campers can arrive from 1pm on the Friday the afternoon to get settled in.  Festival times are Friday 29th May 6pm to 2am, Sat 30th May 1pm to 2am, Sunday 31st May 1pm to 2am and Monday 1st June 1pm to 11pm.

Can I bring my children to this event?

While children are welcome to the festival, however due to licensing laws, persons under 18’s must be off the premises by 9pm.

We recommend children come to our charity day on Monday 1st June.  It will be pay what you can on the gate with all proceeds going to our charity partner.  There will be fun activities, junior  jiving, junior country star competition, face painting, meet and greets and treats.

Will I need an ID-card to purchase alcohol onsite?

For purchasing alcohol, you can show your ID-card, passport, driving license or Garda card.  Alcohol will not be served to patrons under the age of 18.  Management reserves the right to ask for ID for proof of age.  Anyone supplying alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 will be removed from the festival without refund.

Will persons under 18 be admitted after 9pm?

No persons under 18 years of age shall be admitted without a parent guardian. All persons under 18 must be off the premises by 9pm.

Can I bring my dog(s) to this event?

Dogs are more than welcome at the festival, but there are some rules.  Dogs must be kept in control and on short leads.  Always clean up after your dog.  Owners will be responsible for any damage caused by their dogs.  If your dog does not have a friendly temperament, please don't bring it.  Dogs must be off the premises by 9pm.

What is the situation with parking?

There is no public parking on the festival grounds. Parking is provided by a neighbouring land owner. They will be charging €5 for one day or €20 for the weekend. It is approx 7mins walk to the car park from the main entertainment area.

Park and ride facilities are available from Ballinamore and Carrigallen.  These services are run by private companies not related to the festival.