The Late Seán Garvey, Singer and Gentleman

The Late Seán Garvey, Singer and Gentleman

Text messages last night from Miltown Malbay and closer to home brought another verse of sad news from the world of Irish traditional music. Brevity is now also the essence of the text message and: ‘Seán Garvey RIP’ told me all I needed to know. Seán Garvey was one of the many talented people to…

The Late Seán Tyrrell, Singer / Songwriter, Dooneen, Burren, Co. Clare

The Late Seán Tyrrell, Singer / Songwriter, Dooneen, Burren, Co. Clare

Death has claimed yet another of Ireland’s great musical heroes in recent times with the passing of singer/ songwriter, Seán Tyrrell of Dooneen, Burren, Co. Clare and formerly of Palmyra Park, Galway. He is survived by his wife Connie, sons Benji and Cíarán, daughters Áine, Lilia and Róisín, sister Mary Corless, grandchildren Olivia, Conor, Taylor,…

Special Book for Katie from Grand-dad Gabriel

Special Book for Katie from Grand-dad Gabriel

Saturday, December 14th will be a very special day in the lives of the Crowley family of Mullaghmarkey, Castleisland. Then, poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will launch his latest book, Katie, featuring poems written about his granddaughter, Katie Crowley. Katie’s First Four Years The poems are about the first four years of Katie’s life and were written…

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Launches ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ Offer

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Launches ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ Offer

The Castleisland based Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has just launched its online tickets sale initiative for the 27th annual festival which runs this year from Friday, October 25th to Monday 28th inclusive. By Conor O’Mahony The special ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ will give patrons access to all the events that run over the course…

Anniversaries – Times to Remember

Anniversaries – Times to Remember

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival here in Castleisland we have also been remembering the friends we’ve lost since that milestone a quarter of a century ago. The late Mike Kenny and his enormous contribution to the first two decades of the event were spoken…

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Programme Released

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Programme Released

Details for Castleisland’s  25th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival have just been released. A comprehensive programme of activity has been put together by the committee under the chairmanship of Cormac O’Mahony for the October bank holiday weekend from Friday 27th to Monday 30th. The usual added warning that it’s subject to changes applies. The…

Outstanding Concert Performances at Patrick O’Keeffe Festival

Outstanding Concert Performances at Patrick O’Keeffe Festival

A full house at the River Island Hotel on Sunday night was treated to outstanding performances from a wide range of musicians. The occasion was the annual concert of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival where Tim Dennehy was the Master of Ceremonies. The Clare based, Ballinskelligs born singer also contributed a couple of songs…

All Going to Plan in Castleisland

All Going to Plan in Castleisland

We’re right in the throes of the 24th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival and what a time we’re having – and surviving in spite of ourselves. Yesterday’s singing session was nothing short of magnificent and the town is walking with brilliant music and musicians – home grown and imported. Aileen Roantree presided over one…

Irish and South Korean TV Crews Filming at ‘Patrick’ this Weekend – HUP

Irish and South Korean TV Crews Filming at ‘Patrick’ this Weekend – HUP

Castleisland is as ready as it ever will be for the 24th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival. TG4 confirmed as the weekend dawned that they’re going to film a special on the festival for the Hup series and I was out and about with their locations scout, Sinéad Ní Bhroin this morning. Filming began…

Mickey MacConnell – A Backward Glance and Looking Forward

Mickey MacConnell – A Backward Glance and Looking Forward

Leaning heavily on a walking stick held in his left hand he made his way up John B’s crowded bar and settled himself down on a chair beside me.  “Mickey” he said, “It’s good to see you again after all these years.” I looked blankly at him and he smilingly asked “Don’t you know me.”…