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.

09 - Anne, Shona & James

Weekly trad sessions in Linnanes pub

Traditional music sessions tale place in Linnanes pub on Kilfenora Square every Wednesday until late September at c.9.30 pm, featuring notable musicians and singers including regular and guest members of the Kilfenora and Tulla Céilí Bands. Visitors are able to experience the tunes and style that has made North Clare – and Kilfenora in particular – famous in the arena of traditional Irish music.

Anne Rynne & JJ whistle

Quiz for Clare Hurlers in Linnane’s Pub Tonight

Kilfenora GAA are asking people right across the village to come out and have some fun as well as help raise some much needed funds for our Clare Hurlers.

There will be a Fundraising Club Quiz held in venues across the county with the Kilfenora Quiz been held in Linnane’s Pub, at 9pm sharp. General Knowledge (so no need to panic!) the quiz questions will be read out live on Clare FM by master of ceremonies Brian Flynn, ably assisted by Syl O’Connor from 9pm today (Wednesday night Sept 4th, 2013).

More details to follow on what promises to be a great night to start the build up to the big day. Teams of 4 @ €10 Per Person with €100 to the winning team.

Your support is highly appreciated.