The Late Tony Halsall, Castleisland, Manchester and Sydney

The Late Tony Halsall, Castleisland, Manchester and Sydney

The death has occurred of Tony Halsall, Dooneen, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Bury, Manchester and Sydney, Australia. Peacefully, on February 28th 2022, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family, in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry. Sadly missed by his loving sons Danny and David…

Remembering Dessie and the Brennan’s Bar Tour to Inishbofin in 2003

Remembering Dessie and the Brennan’s Bar Tour to Inishbofin in 2003

    There are times when I wonder a lot about the Man above – He who pulls all our strings and I’m often highly impressed with his sense of humour. Danny O’Mahony invited me to drop into the Radio Kerry studios on Monday night as he was doing a Desmond ‘Dessie’ O’Halloran special on…

Paddy Jones Puts it all Down to Draíocht in Chat with Eoin Stan

Paddy Jones Puts it all Down to Draíocht in Chat with Eoin Stan

If Draíocht (magic) could be defined then it isn’t Draíocht anymore – it becomes reality – and they do say that reality is only for those who lack imagination. Cordal born fiddle player, Paddy Jones dwells on the magic or Draíocht that some people feel while playing or listening to great music. This is in…

Tuesday Night Musical Gathering for Jackie’s Anniversary at Kearney’s

Tuesday Night Musical Gathering for Jackie’s Anniversary at Kearney’s

                                        To mark the first anniversary of the death of local musician and farmer, Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor, a special gathering of fellow musicians is being arranged for Kearney’s Bar tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 20th at…

Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor, Farmer / Musician R.I.P.

Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor, Farmer / Musician R.I.P.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music,” – Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. The Late Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor I have the late Jackie Dan Jerry in my phone as ‘Farmer/Musician’ and that’s a fair summation of the man’s life. He was equally serious about…

Twins to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Charter Signing

Twins to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Charter Signing

The still developing twinning ambitions between Bannalec, in Brittany and Castleisland go back a few years beyond the decade being celebrated in Browne’s Bar here in Castleisland on this Sunday night, April 30th at 8pm. Newly appointed, Castleisland Chamber Alliance events committee member, Neil Browne has sent out invitations to the gathering. The Twinning Process…

Provisional Programme For Patrick Launched

Provisional Programme For Patrick Launched

The 24th  annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland. October 28th – 31st 2016 Est. 1993. Provisional programme, subject to change. Friday, October 28th at 8.30pm. Official launch at the River Island Hotel. 10pm. Pub Trail begins with organised and impromptu sessions with Ireland’s top traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town.…