Brosna Town Country Music and Dancing Festival Dates Set for 2020

On duty during the recent Brosna Town Country Music and Dancing Festival were: Tom Murphy (left) with: Christy Kelleher, Lilly Cox, Fr. David Gunn, PP Brosna; John Murphy and Johnny Lyons. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The interior of the Church of St. Carthage in Brosna with the altar and lecterns which were presented to the parish by the Presentation Sisters in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Brosna Town Country Music and Dancing Festival and the funds it generated over the past few years has done powerful work on the churches in the village and in Knockclarig.

All the work set out by the committee in recent years had been completed.

The roof has been secured, the painting and carpeting has been completed and the new gas heating system installed.

Full of Praise

Committee Chairman, John Murphy is full of praise for the people who made it all possible now matter how big or small their contributions were.

“We’re turning our attentions now to the village church and the heating system there,” said John pointing out the beautiful marble altar and flanking pair of lecterns – all of which have been donated to the parish by the Presentation sisters in Castleisland.

Altar from Castleisland Presentation Convent

“We brought all this to Brosna in pieces after we dismantled it in the convent in Castleisland and we put it back together here where you see it now.

It made a great job of the church – and we aren’t finished yet and you know we’ve going with the weekend again next year and we’ve our dates booked for July 1 to August 1st and 2nd ”

Great Weekend in Brosna Town

“It was a great week-end in Brosna Town over 12th and 13th July. On Friday night the crowds were entertained with music, song and dance by Shauna McStravock and Derek Ryan.

“What a fabulous young singer Shauna McStravock is. Everyone had a very enjoyable night. The concert, a fund-raiser in aid of the Parish Restoration Fund which stands at €409,000 was well supported by both the young and more mature of years.

No Strings Attached

“They danced the night away and Derek Ryan had them out of their seats before the night’s end.

“On Saturday night No Strings Attached – a young local band playing support to David Geaney and his show Velocity.

Again it was a night to behold. The energy and giftedness of this world champion dancer earned him a huge standing ovation,” said John Murphy.

Help Acknowledged

John also wished to acknowledge the help from the following people whose contributions made the whole event possible: John Nolan, Kerry County Council; An Garda Siochana; Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue; Kerry Civil Defence; Kerry County Council Fire Service; Publicans for their support especially Jim and Mary Moynihan of Headley’s Bridge; Marie Sheehan, Kate Pats’ Bar and Mike Moriarty.

Chairs from Centres

Seating came from: Castleisland Community Centre; Cordal Community Centre; Rockchapel Community Centre.

The ticket sellers and the caterers: Sheila McGoldrick, Eileen Browne and Ned Gould. Larry O’Connor of O’Connor’s Hardware, Duagh; Donie McEnery, Electrical; O.K. Access; Cork County Sound; Cork County Council and Limerick County Council.

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