Humour and Song to Launch Dan Paddy Andy in Lyre

Duagh native singer/song-writer, Pat McCarthy from the cover of his CD ‘Call of the Wild’ will perform on this Friday night at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyreacrompane.  Photograph: Steve Murray

There’s no better way to start a festival than with humour and song and that will happen on Bank Holiday Friday night, August 2nd in Lyreacrompane.

Then, two mighty entertainers, Bryan Murphy and Pat McCarthy, take to the stage in the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Marquee in Lyreacrompane – according to festival founder and co-organiser, Joe Harrington.

A Humorous Storyteller

“Bryan, a young man from Causeway, has released a number of recordings recently including a Christy Hennessy song, Denny Street.

“He is also much sought-after as a very humorous storyteller. He has been part of the sell-out Irish Rambling House Shows in England, Siamsa Tire and Killarney.

Call of the Wild

Pat McCarthy is a well-established ballad singer and a member of the Irish Rambling House Show.

He won the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition last year with a song penned by the afore mentioned Joe Harrington – ‘The Road John Murphy Made.’

Pat’s 2014 released ‘Call of the Wild’ ten-track CD is still available in local shops.

Waltzing Competition on Sunday

“After that great start, seven bands will provide music in the marquee for the rest of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival and including the annual, keenly contested, Waltzing Competition on Sunday afternoon,” Joe continues.

Old Glen Schoolhouse

“Pat McKenna and Glenshane Country from Derry is the star attraction this year and will be on stage on Sunday night.

“This year the proceeds of the annual 5k/10k run/walk will go to the fund for the renovation of the old Glen Schoolhouse as a Heritage House for Lyreacrompane and the Stacks Mountains.

“While this project is well advanced there is still a lot of fundraising to be done to cover the substantial costs.

A Positive Development

“The Heritage House will be a very positive development in the wider area and the Lyreacrompane Heritage Group is hoping that people will support the run/walk in big numbers to help add to the vital funds needed.

“The other event of note is the very popular Guided Bog Walk with tea and a sandwich in the bog and a chance to cut turf with a sleán.

A Flood of Information

“This event offers a great chance for children to experience an old-time rural activity.

“It starts from the Marquee at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday,” Joe concluded.

For information call 087 285 3570 and there is also the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Facebook page or

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