Saturday Night’s Handed Down Remembers ‘Dan Murphy and The Fáilte Bar, Abbeyfeale’

The late Dan Murphy (seated) pictured at the launch of the 2006 Fleadh by the Feale in Abbeyfeale with, from left: DJ Curtin, Mountcollins; Denis Curtin, Mountcollins and Tom McElligott, Duagh. ©Photograph: John Reidy 5-4-2006

Handed Down, the Scartaglin based, monthly dip into the culture and music of the area will take a trip down memory lane on Saturday night from 8pm.

One of traditional music’s leading exponents, Donal Murphy will tell the story of his boxplayer father, the late Dan Murphy from Knocknagoshel and late of The Fáilte Bar in Abbeyfeale.

Returned to Ireland

Dan Murphy and his UK born wife, Maureen Cleary returned to Ireland from Birmingham and bought the bar in Abbeyfeale in 1976

Immediately it became a centre for Irish Traditional Music gigs and sessions.

Music of West Limerick

“The impact that this era had on the music of West Limerick is a great story and will be presented by his son the acclaimed boxplayer Donal Murphy who has reached fame all over the world,” said Handed Down founder member, PJ Teahan.
“We have a special guest, Eoin Stan O Sullivan to speak about his role as Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence for Cork, Kerry and Limerick county councils.

Top Class Musicians

“We also have a list of top class guest musicians including: Maura O’Connor, Abbeyfeale; Lisa and Tosh O’Sullivan from Freemount; actor and singer, John Walsh, Scartaglin.

The Handed Down tradition of including the young musicians of the area will bring Caoimhe Murphy and Lauren O’Connor, Keeva O’Donnell, Emma and Marie Flynn to the Scartaglin Heritage Centre stage on Saturday night from 8pm sharp.

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