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…

Doyle and O’Leary Packed Scart on Saturday Night

Doyle and O’Leary Packed Scart on Saturday Night

Jimmy Doyle of Sliabh Luachra was the title of Saturday night’s, latest installment in the Handed Down series of concerts and lectures. While many in the series to date have been dedicated to the memory of characters and players long gone from the worldly stage, a small handful have honoured the living. Saturday night’s event…

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

The final Handed Down presentation of 2016 will be given by Dr. Máire O’Keeffe on musician, teacher and music historian, Nicholas ‘Nicky’ McAuliffe of Knockachur, Knocknagoshel and now, Tullig, Castleisland. Tralee native, Máire O’Keeffe is living in Kinvara in Co. Galway and is regarded as one of Kerry’s finest fiddle players. A PhD from the…

World Fiddle Day Kerry Attracting World-wide Attention

World Fiddle Day Kerry Attracting World-wide Attention

There are people in many parts of the world who have made travel plans over the past couple of months and even weeks. Their destination: Scartaglin and Castleisland. They’re coming from the USA, from the UK and from the low, low lands of Holland and from all quarters of Ireland. All drawn by the draíocht…

Sliabh Luachra Influence Handed Down in Holland

Sliabh Luachra Influence Handed Down in Holland

God be good to Con Houlihan. When Peter Browne interviewed him some years ago on matters of rushy mountains and racy music the result was encrusted with gems of wit and wisdom. One of them was when the RTÉ presenter asked him about the exact boundaries of the original rushy mountain – Sliabh Luachra! The…

Under The Influence in Scartaglin on Saturday Night

Under The Influence in Scartaglin on Saturday Night

The tried and tested seanfhocail, tús maith leath na hoibre held water again in Scart recently as the Handed Down series of lectures and recitals strolled with ease into its second season. If this was a start-as-you-mean-to-continue opener to the new season, then we’re in for a great winter / spring of entertainment. Co-organiser, PJ…

Fourth Handed Down dedicated to Johnny O’Leary

Fourth Handed Down dedicated to Johnny O’Leary

The Handed Down series of lectures and sessions is about to reach its fourth outing at the Heritage Centre in Scartaglin on this Saturday night December 20th at 8pm sharp to approximately 10.30pm. Excellent nights of education and entertainment have been provided in the series so far by the likes of: Paudie O’Connor, Nicky McAuliffe…