Kilfenora wil be hosting several music events as part of the Fleadh Cheoil, in addition to what happens in Ennis and around, featuring some of Clare’s finest musicians.
There will be a ‘Riches of Clare’ concert in Kilfenora’s ancient Cathedral on Thursday 17 August (1 to 2 pm) with Sean Vaughan, David Sanders, Pat Marsh and John Flanagan.
LInnanes Bar (Kilfenora Square) has a session on Wednesday night specialising in tunes played by the Kilfenora Ceili Band, featuring noted local musicians such as James Devitt, Siobhan O’Donoghue and JJ Conway.
Nagles Bar (Kilfenora Square) has sessions on several nights from 9.30 or 10 pm..
Friday evening (18 August) is hosted by the incomparable Des Mulkere and friends – songs, stories and rousing tunes.
Saturday evening – the great singer and accordionist Donie Nolan with flautist Seamus Hynes and more besides
Sunday evening – North Clare’s finest banjo player Kevin Griffin will appear with Pat and Fran Murnane.
Unfortunately, CCÉ Cill Fhionnurach will note be appearing on the Gig Rig stage as listed in the Fleadh programme for Tuesday. However there will be plenty of Kilfenora and N Clare musicians performing in Ennis. That includes…
in concert: The Kilfenora Ceili Band; the group Moher; Sharon Howley with Mike Hanrahan; the Droneys; and more besides
JJ Conway with the Tulla Ceili Band at the opening ceremony and other appearances
in competition: Ada & Eva Kenny (Spiorad ‘s Spraoi half set mixed dancers) and Jessica Nea on piano – and all three are also competing as members of the 15 Inis Og CeIli band. Also look out for the Kennys and Laura Griffey dancing as Fuinneamh.
Wishing the best of luck to everyone taking part in the fleadh!
Renowned Sligo fiddler and talented young Canadian singer/musician/dancer Emily Flack will be appearing in concert in Kilfenora at 8.00 pm in the Community Hall on Saturday 14 October 2017. They will have returned from a tour of Canada. See more details here.
The Christmas party for Kilfenora’s Senior Citizens will take place on Sunday 11 December in the Burren Centre from 1pm. As usual after a meal they will be entertained by some of the finest musicians in North Clare.
At a packed Kilfenora Hall on Saturday 26 November, attendees raised nearly €2000 for good causes and enjoyed seeing our local football stars compete for the title of Mt Kilfenora Dazzler 2016. Donald Trump took time out of his busy schedule to drop by. Read all about it and see some pictures here.
Ada Kenny performed brilliantly against stiff opposition to come second in the All-Ireland sean-nos dancing competition at Oireachtas na Samhna 2016, staged in Killarney on 4-5 November.
There were 60 competitors in her 12-15 age group who competed on Friday. Other age groups were under 9, under 12, under 18 and senior. Also competing in her age group from Kilfenora were her sister Eva, Laura Griffey and Keira McInerney.
The final 10 from each age group competed again on Saturday, as shown on television on TG4. It was very difficult to choose a winner, but Eva was pipped by Rian MacEoghan fron Roscommon.
Conor Moriarty, all-Ireland Champion on accordion in 2010 provided brilliant accompaniment on melodeon throughout the final, a herculean feat in itself.
Congratulations to the Kenny family in particular and to Aibhin Holden, Kilfenora’s distinguished dancing coach.