As explained at an emergency community meeting in Kilfenora Hall on Tuesday evening (25 September), a petition and outline business plan is to be submitted to An Post by Friday (28 September). PLEASE sign the petition – the more community members sign, the more likely An Post will agree to continuation of the service. The deadline for signatures is 2pm on Thursday.
Forms can be found in O’Gormans and Howleys shops and in the village Post Office.
All individuals in families are urged to contribute their names and signatures – including children (bearing in mind that this issue is about their future too).
A crucial development is that The Burren Centre has volunteered to provide a space for a new post office counter. This has made it possible to submit an appeal to An Post.
If Kilfenora is successful in retaining a Post Office – which of course is vital for many community members and businesses over a wide area of North Clare – it is important that people understand and use the very wide range of services that the Post Office provides , including all the bill paying, social welfare and banking facilities (and soon mortgages). It is clear that many people have underappreciated this in the past. Hopefully Kilfenora (and its surrounding areas) will succeed in retaining a facility that is essential for the future economic health of the Burren communities.
A meeting in Kilfenora community hall is being convened on Friday 7 of September at 8pm. This will discuss issues raised on last Friday night (31st August) regarding the future of Kilfenora Post Office.
There will be no public representatives invited to this meeting. All members of the community are asked to attend as this is an issue of vital importance to the village.
The recent meeting on Friday 31st August 2018 saw possibly the largest collection of Clare political representatives ever to visit Kilfenora at one time.
Tom O’Callaghan from the independent postmasters’ group and Gerry Duddy of the Irish Public Banking Forum were listed speakers. However, most of the evening was taken up by contributions from three Clare TDs – Pat Breen, Dr. Michael Harty and Timmy Dooley – followed by an array of councillors.
The meeting concluded with the proposal of a local working group to examine what might be done to retain postal services in Kilfenora.
Kilfenora Post Office
The community gathers
Dr Harty was among 3 of Clare’s TD’s addressing the meeting
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.
Two packed houses on the 27th and 28th of January to see the highly entertaining ‘The Daughter from over the water’ in the Kilfenora Community Hall directed by Fr. Ned Crosby.