A coffee morning thank you

Many wonderful neighbours, friends and family came from near and far to raise a cup in support of Milford Care Centre yesterday at Kilshanny House. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who came along or helped in any way. Together we raised €1,400 for the Milford hospice. We are truly privileged to be part of this great community. Mary & Aidan

Coffee morning for Milford Care Centre


A welcome addition


The people described in the Bridgestone Guides are entitled to display the Bridgestone Best in Ireland plaque.

‘Best in Ireland’ means exactly was it says on the plaque, and if you see an up-to-date plaque displayed by an establishment, it is your guarantee that the people involved are providing the very best service possible, whether they are a fishmonger selling at a farmers’ market, or a pub with interesting food, a real bakery, or a hip, happening restaurant. John and Sally McKennas’ Guides

Aidan was delighted to be putting another McKenna’s Guide plaque on the wall.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day

Thursday, May 2nd, the Alzheimer’s Society celebrated 25 years of supporting people living with dementia in Ireland. To mark this special day, we joined in a nationwide Tea Day, with laughter, fun and friendship filling Kilshanny House. Friends and neighbours popped in to chat over a cup of tea and enjoy some home baking, with everyone united in their support for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Photos: Maryann Stephens

A special double bill

Our friend, neighbour, singer and storyteller, John Casey, gave our March Singing Circle, featuring Paula Carroll and Mary Hurley, a wonderfully eloquent review:

We must thank the late John Joe Scanlon for introducing Mary Hurley. During a visit to Ennistymon community hospital he said in his low voice ‘There is a woman here from Kilnaboy. She is a lovely singer and we must bring her to Kilshanny House some night.’ The rest is history. Two wonderful guests Sunday night. Paula has a special way with the old folk. Wonderful night, thanks to all.

Thanks so much Daniel Schlössinger for capturing this lovely collage.


A star is born

Sara Ryan was special guest at February’s Singing Circle, and her soft, smooth and soulful singing had everyone spellbound. As an extra treat, Three Women Sing came by to support Sara and join her in a song or two. Some travelled from as far away as Costa Blanca, Cavan and Corofin to add a song or a story, to make it a most magical night.

Noirin Lynch

Kilshanny House Singing Circle, February 2019Photos: Maryann Stephens

Family fun at Kilshanny

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!

Photos: Maryann Stephens


A happy New Year’s Eve

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.

Photo: Maryann Stephens

Sham and the lads

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……..