Kilfenora at Clare Fleadh 2017

The full results of the 2017 Clare Fleadh staged last weekend in Kilrush can be found here – https://sites.google.com/site/countyclarecomhaltas/

Well done to competitors from Kilfenora and congratulations to

  • Laura Griffey – first in 12-15 fiddle slow airs and sean-nos dance, and second in miscellaneous instruments
  • Adrian McMahon (Lyons) – first in senior flute
  • Cáit Ní Laogharnáin – first in newly-composed tunes (any age) and recommended in 12-15 accompaniment
  • Jessica Nea – first in 12-15 piano
  • Riona Davoren – first in U12 miscellaneous
  • Aidan O’Loughlin – 2nd in U12 melodeon and recommended in accordion
  • Eva Kenny – recommended in 12-15 whistle slow airs
  • Corcomroe Dancers – recommended in 15-18 full set
  • Spiorad ‘s Spraoi dancers – recommended in over 18 half set

Good luck at the Munster Fleadh!

The Daughter from over the water

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.

Kilfenora dancer stars in Oireachtas

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.

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Double celebrations in Kilfenora 8.10.16

Celebrations were long and late and very merry in Kilfenora on Saturday 8 October 2016.

First, the Kilfenora GAA football team won the Clare intermediate club final for the first time since 1992. They drew with Kildysart 10 apiece two weeks earlier at Cusack Park, Ennis. Then they won a magnificent victory in the replay at the Hennessy Memorial Park stadium in Miltown Malbay, by a goal and nine points against nine points for Kildysart. They will now go on to compete at Munster level and go up to the senior competition.

There was much parading of the cup at the stadium and later in KiIfenora., and much partying in Linnanes and Nagle pubs, and then in Vaughans pub and barn, where the celebrations were for Michael Davoren’s 80th birthday.

Of course there was great music, given Michael’s history as a musician – a one time member of the Kilfenora and other céilí bands. The Four Courts Band played first, followed by Michael himself fronting a group of Kilfenora musicians followed by various musical Davoren family members. The merry throng also enjoyed a hog roast outside in the surprisingly warm October night.

Pictures of the celebrations can be seen below

 

Clare Ladies head for All-Ireland final

Clare Ladies head for All-Ireland final

Congratulations to Kilfenora’s Niamh O’Dea and her footballing team mates, including her sister Eva, who beat Tipperary in the semi-final on Saturday 3 September 2016 by 3-14 to 2-16.

Niamh’s two goals and 5 points were critical to Clare’s success.

Clare now progress to the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on 25 September.

See here for more detail.

Niamh O'Dea scores 3.9.16

Variety concert in Kilfenora

On Saturday 3 September, there will be a variety concert in Kilfenora Community Hall starting at 8.00 pm.

There will be music, singing (individual, choir), dancing and theatrical sketches, featuring the Kilfenora community’s varied talent, of all ages. As many will know from previous such occasions, there will be many reasons both to be impressed and to laugh.

Admission is €5 (families €10). Proceeds will be devoted to the Hall’s charity fund.

Here is glimpse of some of Kilfenora’s talemt on show, at the Marketplace gig rig at the Fleadh in Ennis on 19 August.

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Fleadh 2016 – music in Kilfenora

Clare’s villages will be buzzing with music during the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, ideal for those escaping the crowds or who are staying out of town.

Kilfenora – one of Ireland’s most famous locations for traditional music – is of course no exception, with a number of its young musicians competing for honours in the All-Ireland championships.

Known variously as the City of the Crosses (visit ancient Kilfenora cathedral) and the home of céilí music, our centuries-old music tradition is on show in the Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour, a special exhibition space and audio-visual experience in the Burren Centre in Kilfenora Square. Formally opened by Ireland’s President in March 2015, this is the only museum in the world (that we are aware of) dedicated to living musical artists. Among many exhibits is the certificate recording Kilfenora’s Guinness Book of Records win for the largest céilí band ever. Experiencing the Parlour is a must-do for traditional music lovers visiting Clare.

Meanwhile each evening during the Fleadh week, renowned musicians from County Clare and beyond will be playing in Kilfenora pubs. Visiting musicians are welcome to join in.

Linnanes pub will host a traditional session each night (approx 9pm) from Monday 15th to Friday19th, where you can hear many of the distinctive tune sets made famous by the Kilfenora Céilí Band over its 106 year history (so far!) And who knows, sessions may pop up there at the weekend too.

Nagles pub will host sessions on Friday 19th-Sunday21st August (9.30 pm).

Friday – Joe Fitzgerald (accordion, vcls), Des Mulkere (banjo, flute, vcls and stories) and friends

Saturday – Donie Nolan (accordion, vcls), Noel O’Donohue (flute), Pat Marsh (bouzouki)

Sunday – Colin Nea (accordion), Brendan Organ (bouzouki) and friends

Meanwhile, Vaughans pub barn hosts a céilí every Sunday with the Four Courts Céilí Band. Bring your dancing shoes.

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Harp concert in Kilfenora Cathedral 14.7.16

In Kilfenora’s ancient Cathedral at 8.30 pm on Thursday 14 July, the celebrated Irish harpist Dr.Janet Harbison gave a free recital of old and new music on the Irish harp together with the Limerick soprano Siobhan Egan.

After a welcome from the Rev Bob Hanna, the concert featured traditional and O’Carolan melodies and some of Harbison’s own works, such as excerpts from her much lauded composition  ‘Lion of Ireland’ originally performed with multiple harps, voices and bagpipes at Limerick’s St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Brian Boru Millennium in 2014.

Janet was accompanied by Siobhan Brady (Limerick) and Morgana Rudan (Modena, Italy) on harps. Siobhan Egan added some much loved favourite songs, and Kilfenora resident, film-maker Alan Cooke, read one of his poems.

Variously praised as ‘Ireland’s First Lady of the Harp’ (BBC Sean Rafferty), ‘The Queen of the Irish Harp’ (American Folk Harp Journal), and ‘Ireland’s National Treasure’ (President Michael D.Higgins), multi-award-winning Janet Harbison is a seasoned international stage performer and composer, founder of the Irish Harp Orchestra movement and until recently, director of the Irish Harp Centre in Castleconnell, Co Limerick.  Harbison had just directeda harp summer school at the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, and plans to run more courses in North Clare in future.