Kilfenora ‘time capsule’ 2017-2067

The Kilfenora Timeline is creating a Time Capsule which is intended to be re-opened in 2067.

  • Every household is invited to contribute to a record of the village and parish in 2017, which will be opened by villagers in 2067 to reflect on what has changed (or not!)
  • Physical items entered by each household must be compact – for example, a family tree on an A4 page, up to 3 photographs, an account of each household (on 1 A4 page)
  • Alternatively or additionally, households can submit a USB memory stick (also known as a flash drive) with as much information as that can hold – photos, documents, music, video.

All contributions should be placed in an envelope indicationg teh name and location of teh household and given into teh Post Office in Kilfenora by Friday October 6.

The Time Capsule will include a copy of a film being made by John O’Donnell of the Kilfenora Culture Night held on 22 September.

If you have any questions about the Kilfenora Timeline Capsule, call Lisa Carkill (087 742 6757) or Nuala Mulqueeny (086 832 2099) or email

Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot

On Sunday 10th September at  12pm, Kilfenora Gun Club  will stage its annual Clay Pigeon Shoot at the usual location on the Kilfenora to Lisdoonvarna road. Competitions include

  • 15 Bird DTL (Down-the-line)
  • 15 Ball Trap
  • 20 Bird Sporting
  • 3 Cups
  • Novice Shoot

Big cash prizes are at stake!

Many thanks in advance to the sponsors for this year’s shoot – Nagles Bar, the Kilfenora Timeline, The Doolin Ferry Co (Bill O’Brien), Doolin-to-Aran Ferries (Garrihys) and Burke Masonry.

Details are also listed at

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!

Charity tea at Clare Varden’s on Sunday 2 July

Clare Varden will be staging her annual charity tea-party at home on Sunday 2 July from 13.00, in aid of tackling Motor-Nuerone Disease.

Do bring a contribution – comestible or financial (or both).

As always there will be sumptuous food, great company and some fine music – bring an instrument if you are a musician.

All welcome…

For those who don’t know the house, turn left on the cross-road on the Kilfenora -Lickeen lake road and follow the balloons.

Kilfenora at Clare Fleadh 2017

The full results of the 2017 Clare Fleadh staged last weekend in Kilrush can be found here –

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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