Kerry County Council Bestows Latest Honour for Nicky and Anne

Kerry County Council Bestows Latest Honour for Nicky and Anne

In hosting a Civic Reception, Kerry County Council acknowledges the role played by, and achievements of groups or individuals who have excelled in their particular field and who have brought great achievement, honour and success to our native county. That’s the councils criteria for bestowing such an honour on a group or individual – or…

Micheál Ó Súilleabháin – his Words of Praise Meant the World to Mike Kenny

Micheál Ó Súilleabháin – his Words of Praise Meant the World to Mike Kenny

The bonds of friendship are close in the world of music in Ireland. It’s a small world. Traditional music, in particular, draws its own circles and tightens those bonds. Castleisland came firmly within that circle midway through the last century with the activity of the likes of Patrick O’Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford and many…

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

It’s great to hear about events being organised and happening right where they ought to. Next month’s Sliabh Luachra Summer School in Tureencahill Community Centre is just one of these. This event will consist of three days of music, talks and performances to highlight the music and musicians of the Sliabh Luachra area on August…

Bryan and Colm to Launch Where the Bog Is in Scart

Bryan and Colm to Launch Where the Bog Is in Scart

Two of the finest of Sliabh Luachra’s many young musicians have teamed up and will launch a CD at the heritage centre in Scartaglin on Saturday night at 8-30pm. Bryan O’Leary and Colm Guilfoyle have been playing music together on a regular basis in recent years and they have chosen organically from their own rich…

Sliabh Luachra Summer School at the Rock

Sliabh Luachra Summer School at the Rock

As part of the IRD Duhallow Day of the Regions Programme the annual Sliabh Luachra Summer School takes place in Bruach Na Carraige in Rockchapel later this month. This annual, educational event  starts on Wednesday, July 23rd and continues from 10am to 1pm until Friday the 25th with traditional music master classes with Ireland’s leading teachers,…

I’m delighted to report that World Fiddle Day got off to a ripping start here in Castleisland last night. Browne’s Bar hosted the opening night of what promised to be a wonderful weekend of the music most favoured in this neck-of-the-woods. This is the first real ‘toe-in-the-water’ event for the organisers and the fact that…

PJ and Friends Plan World Fiddle Day Special

PJ and Friends Plan World Fiddle Day Special

Saturday, May 17th. is World Fiddle Day.  PJ Teahan and friends: Tom O’Connell, Mick Culloty and Con Moynihan are planning a special weekend of fiddle music in Castleisland and Scartaglin. The event will get under way on Friday evening at Browne’s Bar at 9-30pm.  That’ll be used for turning-up, tuning-up, limbering up and lubricating up in…