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 – 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