A Pleasant Weekend to Remember Mike By

Mike Kenny Memorial Perpetual Cup 12-8-2017
Rockchapel fiddle player, Conor Daly is the 2017 winner of the Mike Kenny Memorial Perpetual Cup for young musicians. Conor is pictured here with his parents, Con and Nollaig, brother Cian, Ted Kenny, cup sponsor and his fellow weekend organiser, Peter Browne, Browne’s Bar after the presentation on Saturday evening. ©Photograph: John Reidy

It was last weekend in 2011 that Castleisland artist / sculptor, Mike Kenny passed away in Kerry General Hospital and at 9:30pm on the Friday night of August 12th.

His memory is alive and well and his legacy to his native town is surviving and thriving.

At the re-unveiling of his painting The Shoemaker in The Shoemaker’s Bar on Friday night, musician, Matt Cranitch spoke of the musical legacy Mike Kenny left after him in the annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival and in the spontaneity of occasional musical outbreaks in the area throughout the year.

Long Phone Calls and Loads of Ideas

Before he and Jackie Daly went on to draw the curtain back off the painting, Matt also spoke of the man who was so full of ideas and enthusiasm that phone calls went on for a good 45 minutes – and more at festival planning times.

A fine gathering of family and friends attended the event and full glasses were raised skyward in a gesture and the kind of salute he’d appreciate.

There was a nice atmosphere on the street here on Saturday as the busking competition played its way through the afternoon.

Memorial Perpetual Cup

On Saturday evening at Browne’s Bar, Conor Daly was named as the winner of the Mike Kenny Memorial Perpetual Cup – an award for an emerging, young musician.

The young Rockchapel fiddle player is fully appreciative of the magnitude of the award as he awaits his Leaving Certificate results this week.

On Days We Went Rambling

It was one of Conor’s regular playing partners, Maura O’Connor, the Abbeyfeale concertina player who won the cup in 2016.

Now in its second year, and organised by publican Peter Browne and Ted Kenny – a cousin of Mike’s – it is likely that the event will be expanded to take in events in all quarters of the town next and following years.

That’s something the gregarious man himself did on the days we went rambling and it’s a move he would certainly approve of.

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