An Evening with Thrillogy & Burren Béilíní

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

Morris Dancers at Kilshanny House

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!


photos by Jenny Martin photography

Mary & Aidan win at the Oscars!

Mary & Aidan at the Oscars 2014


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!

Amongst some of the musicians and artists that have performed at Kilshanny House recently are Crag Road, Luka Bloom, Paul O’Driscoll Jazz Trio, Kate Purcell & Trilogy ; Willie Daly; Dessie Mulkere, Jaskane Café Trio




Contribution to community


Kilshanny Craft Fayre & Fiver Friday

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.

Below are a few photos from the day.

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Airmid Natural Hand Made Soap ruby roo organic hand made cosmetics Kilshanny Hand Crafted Leather Kilshanny Hand Knits at Kilshanny House Craft Fayre Kilshanny Hand Crafted Leather at Kilshanny House Hand Crafted Natural Arts at Kilshanny House Craft Fayre Atlantic Silk Scarves on display at Kilshanny House Customers admiring the beautiful hand made crafts at Kilshanny House fiver friday home baked treats at Kilshanny House ladies enjoying home made soup at Kilshanny House

Fiver Friday at Kilshanny House

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

An Autumn Evening with Crag Road in Kilshanny

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!

What Crag Road had to say ………………………….

Mary and Aidan at Kilshanny House made us fierce welcome last Saturday night. Quentin, Aoibheann , Eoin and I started a few tunes together but it turned into a lovely session very quickly! Luka BloomJohn HarrisonThierry Masure , Robert Crosby, Pamela Queally and more friends joined us. Joan O’ Hanrahan owes us a song, and there was a bit of dancing in the small free spaces left. Good fun with good people in a great pub.
Thanks all!
Crag Road!


Upcoming events include, Sham & The Lads (traditional and blue grass music) on Friday, October 10th and a Craft Fayre on Friday, October 24th



 Luka Bloom, John Harrison, Thierry Masure , Robert Crosby, Pamela Queally and more join Crag Road Aidan & Mary take a break! Eoin O'Neill & Aoibheann Queally play a tune   Quentin Cooper, Luka Bloom & Aoibheann Queally enjoying a tune Willie Scales and his cousins from Australia enjoying the music A lovely German lady joins in the session with Luka Bloom, Eoin O'Neill, Quentin, Noirin, Aoibheann & Friends Robert Crosby & John Harrison, Pamela Queally, Thierry Masure & Luka Bloom join in with Crag Road and drive the music to a little short of a frenzy! Aidan makes a coffee behind the bar The Aussies showed off their steps down under and above! A lovely German lady can't resist joining in and takes out her concertina Ritchie & Hanne enjoying the evening The locals who are what Kilshanny House is! The locals chat away A lady is intrigued and reads the sleeve of the Crag Road cd Locals at the bar enjoying Guinness and the music Luka Bloom & Thierry Masuee pulsing along with Crag Road All the musicians doing what they love to music together Rich & his wife from America enjoying a beer and the music Eileen Droney & Mary McMahon looking lovely and enjoying the music at Kilshanny House Ann Thynne, Maureen Scales and their cousin from down under tap along to the music at Kilshanny House