Fleadh Cheoil and Kilfenora

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!

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