Dan Paddy Andy Festival Time in Lyreacrompane

Members of the Irish Rambling House Dancers' troupe ????
Members of the Irish Rambling House Dancers’ troupe doing their thing to the music of their backers. From left: Proinnsias O’Cathasaigh from Lispole; Sarah and Maurice O’Keeffe from Brosna and Conor Harnett from Horse and Jockey, Co. Tipperary. Proinnsias is also a top class whistler and singer. Sarah is mighty on the concertina. Maurice is tops on the fiddle and plays with the band, ‘No Strings Attached’ and Conor is a champion dancer, – Joe Harrington.

This year’s Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyreacrompane, over the August bank holiday weekend, has all the usual ingredients of an entertaining and fun-filled five days.

However, the big news is that Declan Nerney and his mighty band are back in The Marquee on Sunday night, August 6th.

Extended to Five Days

The Hooley in the Hills has been extended to five days with some new events for this, the 20th Dan Paddy Andy Festival.

Everyone, especially the children, will enjoy Ger’s Mobile Animal Farm. Also for the young folk Sylvano is back – as if by magic!

Some will remember the popular TV series ‘One Man and his Dog’. For the first time in this part of Kerry there will be a Sheepdog Trials demo thanks to Brendan Ferris from Killorglin and it’s something children and adults will enjoy.

Irish Rambling House

Thursday is opening night this year with the first ever performance at the festival by the Irish Rambling House – a show that has been traveling to England to entertain exiles with music, song, dance , storytelling … and the craic, for many years.

The show will be in Manchester, Birmingham, Harrow and Luton in October and this is a great chance to catch the popular event.

If laughter is the best medicine then the Irish Rambling House Show is the prescription. After the show there will be a roving microphone for a song or a story from the audience.

5K/10K Charity Run

There will be over 18 hours of marquee dancing to great bands, a Ceilí, a dog show and a bog walk for those left standing after all that!

The other new event is the 5/10K Run/Walk with all proceeds to the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus.  The route is set out and the volunteers to steward the event are getting ready.

This is a worthy cause and a lovely route. For information on this or any of the festival events the number is 087 28 53 570 or the Dan Paddy Andy Facebook page.

For a sample of the kind of fun on offer take a look at this piece of film directly from Lyre.



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