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.

2nd annual Gertie Varden memorial and charity gathering

There will be a ‘Drink Tea’ hosted by Claire Varden at her house in Tullagha (near Lickeen Lake, Kilfenora), on Sunday July 3rd at 11am in memory of Gertie Varden in order to raise valuable funds for the sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease (IMNDA).

This is the second annual event following on the tremendous success and support of last year’s gathering. Kilfenora made its mark by donating one of the highest sums countrywide on the day!

So spread the word and drop in. All ages (and instruments) welcome. Let’s make this year’s event even bigger and better than last year’s!

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Sunday 5 June – charity walk in Kilfenora

A fun walk is being staged in the memory of much loved local singer Cathy McCormack, to raise funds for Friends of Ennistymon Community Hospital.

The walk will begin at 2 pm on Sunday 5 June in Kilfenora Square – registration for walkers starts at 1.30 pm. Walkers can ask friends, family and businesses to sponsor them.

The full walk will be a gentle 10km stroll around the Kilfenora locality – suitable for all the family. The weather is promised fair at present!

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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Kilfenora helps Clare win football final

Kilfenora’s Cian and Jack O’Dea were part of the Clare team that won a stunning victory against the odds over Kildare in the Division 3 Final at Croke Park on Saturday 23 April 2016.

Clare winners over Kildare

The final score in a frantic, see-sawing match was 2-17 to 1-19, clinched by a point from Clare’s Eoin Cleary in the 76th minute.

Cian and Jack are part of a well-known Kilfenora sporting family, with highly talented sisters starring in GAA sports as well.


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Cian made a brief appearance at home in Kilfenora during the open-air céilí led by the villages musical heroes, the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

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The line-up and scorers for Clare were  J Hayes; S Malone, K Harnett, M McMahon; S Collins, D Ryan (1-0), C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; P Lillis (0-2), E Cleary (1-6, 0-5f), J Malone (0-2); D Tubridy (0-5f), K Sexton, P Burke. Subs: P Collins (0-1) for S Malone, S McGrath for P Burke, E Coughlan (0-1) for C O’Dea, G Kelly for K Sexton, J O’Dea for M McMahon (BC).


Kilfenora commemorates 1916

Kilfenora recognised the anniversary of the 1916 Rising with a ceremony on Sunday 24 April 2016, in front of big audience gathered in |the Square for the open-air performance by the Kilfenora Céilí Band as part of the Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival.

A group of Kilfenora primary school children took turns to read sections of the 1916 Proclamation, followed by the playing of “The Last Post”. The Kilfenora Céilí Band then played the national anthem “Amhrán na bhFiann“.

16 1916 proclamation

Finally a trio of flags were raised at the Burren Centre, after which the solemn mood turned to a more celebratory atmosphere as the music and dancing commenced.

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Yoga in Kilfenora – come and join

Come and try yoga in KIlfenora Hall – stretch, breathe and exercise gently.

All welcome – both beginners and those who have used yoga before. It’s easy to start, and great to learn nand continue at home.

Sessions will take place at 19.30 on Thursday evenings and 10.00 on Friday mornings. Choose which time suits you.

The cost is a mere €70 for 6 sessions of 1.5 hours – you can come along and try for free (but the first session is not free if you commit to continue).

For more details contact yoga teacher Susie McNaughton on 086 735 4461 or

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St Patrick’s Day in Kilfenora

Twill be a lively St Pat’s in Kilfenora on St Patrick’s Day, 2016.

The parade will start at 12.00 from the back of Vaughans pub, progress up Main St to the Square and turn left round the Father Ted roundabout onto the Lisdoonvarna Road, and then return back again to Vaughans. As always there will be a prize for the best float – although everyone’s a winner just taking part. Floats should gather well in advance of 12.00.

There will be the traditional gathering of distinguished North Clare musicians at Kitty Linnane’s grave by the Cathedral, and a session starting at the Linnanes pub after the parade. All the Kilfenora pubs will be lively of course.

Meantime a cake sale will be taking place in Kilfenora Hall – proceeds will be donated to the maintenance of this vital community amenity.

Finally, the traditional Michael Hegarty memorial football match has been revived, featuring past and present members of Kilfenora’s football teams. This is being held at the Deanery playing fields (out on the Doolin Road) at 3.30 pm, to mark the opening of the Club Room at the Sports pavilion with a showing of photographs.

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