Some pictures from a truly thrilling gig at Kilshanny House on Friday, August 14th performed by three very talented ladies…Kate Purcell, Denise Glass and Yuki Nishioka. Together their blend of song and music was breathtaking. Kate came to national attention when she appeared on The Voice of Ireland this year.
Yuki Nishioka is a classically trained violinist from Japan, she is lead violinist in the Galway Chamber Orchestra
Denise Glass played the fiddle which she learned from her father, the late Dan Larkin
There was a céad míle fáilte from all the locals and those holidaying in Kilshanny for the Morris Dancers on a beautiful sunny Tuesday evening in July when they gave a lovely performance of their traditional dances which come from the villages of the Cotsworld hills in southern England. They have an antiquity stretching back hundreds of years. They call themselves ‘the Ancient Men Morris Dancers‘ …mind you, there was one lovely lady amongst them and James Quinn was delighted to get his photo taken with her!
A lovely evening of jazz by the Paul O’Driscoll Jazz Trio and Kilshanny Houses’ Burren Béilíní went down a treat on Monday, May 18th at Kilshanny House. This was a Burren Food Trail Monday event and it was also one of the many events for the Burren Slow Food Festival Week. Don’t you wish you were here/there and all that jazz!
Mary & Aidan were delighted to be nominated by so many and privileged to win and accept the ‘oscar’ for ‘Contribution to Community Award at the GeoparkLIFE & Sustainable Tourism & Burren Ecotourism member awards which was held at Hotel Doolin on December 4th, 2014.
The GeoparkLIFE and judges said…..
“The winning business is an excellent example of placing ‘community’ at the heart of all they do. Their commitment to developing tourism and their commitment to community endeavour is exemplary. The Burren Béilíní, Mulkere Music & Musings and the Kilshanny Craft Fayre are fine examples of initiatives led by this very deserving winner.”
Some others said….
“Together this dynamic duo have made Kilshanny House a catalyst for music, heritage and local food. They have worked tirelessly, hosting Craft Fayres, charity fund raisers and local community shindigs! Some examples were – hosting Bewley’s Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for seventeen consecutive years for Cahercalla hospice. Hosting Alzheimer’s Tea Day for the local branch of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, supporting the Clare Crusaders wheel chair push.”
“Their varied evenings include story-telling, supper-theatre, cards, local musicians and all that jazz creating the magic for Kilshanny locals and worldwide visitors alike.”
“Mary & Aidan are the soul of Kilshanny House, Kilshanny House the soul of the Burren”
Mary was also short listed and amongst the top three nominees for Networker of the Year Award!
Some photos from the great day ‘Upstairs & Downstairs’ at Kilshanny House on Fiver Friday. There was a huge turn out and fantastic support from from near and far on the day. People had to park at gateways and byways as it was a bit like Christmas Eve with no room at the Inn (no room to park in Kilshanny, this was a first!) Joe Duffy from LiveLine, Radio 1 rang in the middle of the dishing up of the home made lunch to capture the atmosphere at Kilshanny for his Fiver Friday feature. I chatted with Joe and thanked him and all at Live Line for their support and invited him to Kilshanny House for a pint! Upstairs those who came to browse were blown away with the calibre of the crafts on display and many said that they were not aware that we were surrounded with such talent.
Friday, October 24th was no ordinary Friday in Kilshanny! It was Fiver Friday. Fiver Friday is a Joe Duffy initiative running now for a few years and it’s all about supporting local. Well, it was a great day both upstairs and downstairs at Kilshanny House. Upstairs was full of colour and beautiful local genuine crafts, each craft’s person had some of their crafts for a fiver. Downstairs, Mary served a lovely home made lunch and home baked dessert for a fiver. There was such a great turn out and support from our great community that people had to park in gaps, at the neighbours, at the Church, no space to park at Kilshanny House on a Friday afternoon, was definitely a first! Some of the atmosphere is captured in these pictures taken on the day by my good friend Jenny Martin
A great evening of traditional Irish music and songs on Saturday, October 4th. I think the photos tell a story better than anything I could write and if you click on the video just shove back the table and mind the dresser as this music is infectious, you’ll be dancing round the kitchen, under the desk or wherever you may be!