On Friday night the O’Donoghue family, some of whom formed and toured with “Breda McMahon & The Golden Star” showband, lifted the rafters in Kilshanny House with their rousing music and even moved some to take to the floor and dance. They were joined by Charlott’s two sons and local musicians. Friends and neighbours came and enjoyed chatting and reminiscing with Ray, Pappy, Charlotte, Angela, Eileen and Maureen about their school days in Kilshanny and going to Thynne’s shop for bulls eyes and Peggy’s legs!
Friends and neighbours rang in midnight at Kilshanny House to the music of Anois – the voices of Fíona Guiheen and Andy Lambert, combined with the instrumental prowess of Andy’s bouzouki and Rachel Conlan’s fiddle.
Their music ranges through traditional songs and tunes from Ireland and Scotland to a blend of jazz, blues, folk and pop. At times soothing, at others toe-tapping, it was a musical feast to bring in the New Year in style.
A nice wee blog and photos by Bob Singer about this lovely bunch that we call “Sham & The Lads” who lifted the rafters in Kilshanny House on Friday night.
I was planning a quiet Friday night in front of the fire. That was until I got a text from Mary Butler that there was music that night at Kilshanny House. Of course I had to go but it wasn’t quite what I expected. About 20 lads from all over Ireland gather twice a year to play music and enjoy each other’s company. They are all involved in engineering businesses and only meet on these weekends in Kilshanny and at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin. And this is the 42nd time they have done it! There were fiddles, banjos, pipes, mandolins and lots of guitars. But there were mainly songs. From everywhere. Dylan, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Steve Earle and the odd bit of trad too. And a few locals joined in. Fair play to Doutsen and Una for helping to redress the gender imbalance! A great night out……..
We were truly privileged to call John Joe Scanlon our friend, and we will miss him so much. This is a precious live recording of John Joe lilting and chatting with Ger Sweeney Clare FM in Kilshanny House during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
What an achievement, congratulations Valery Larkin and all the knitters who made this happen and helped those in need via Irish Red Cross – Clare Area. Kilshanny House is proud and privileged to have been part of this colourful journey.
On 20th October, we acknowledged John Nagle’s first anniversary and reminisced with very fond memories. Our community is richer for having had such a gentleman to call our friend and neighbour. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 💛
“Mulkere, Music & Musings” was the epitome of culture, creativity and community on 21 September, when friends and neighbours gathered to celebrate Culture Night in Kilshanny House. Dessie Mulkere enthralled us with stories of times gone by, and was accompanied by musicians Martin Forde and Nessa Burke.