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!
Kilshanny House is a peach. It’s everyone’s idealised version of the Irish country pub, a place where everything gleams, where the courtesy and welcome are real and true, where the cooking is smart and shows its capable way around local artisan ingredients. You step in the door, take a look, and you’ve found a little bit of heaven,
Mary Butler and Aidan Galvin are the owners, and they have brought a marvellous pair of sensibilities to the craft of running a County Clare landmark. The pub is set hard by the N86 between Ennistymon and Lisdoonvarna. If you need a Google map reference, just type in that it’s across the road from the wee field with the mare and the foal who was born a month ago, and that will get you there, sure as rain.
Pristine doesn’t describe the housekeeping. Everything gleams with the sheen of 5-star spit and polish. If you thought rural pubs inevitably offered the patina of age and nicotine, step into Kilshanny and see what a different sensibility can do. The rooms are bright and magazine photo-shoot styled, the feng shui is precise. And the cooking completes the picture of a destination where everything has been considered. Tomato and celeriac soup is a beautiful combination, especially with a little slick of kefir cream. A gateau of excellent Burren Smokehouse smoked salmon is a lotus of superb salad leaves with slices of the beautiful smoked fish arrayed with a milliners precision amongst the dressed leaves. St Tola goats cheese is served with Aidan’s beautiful brown bread and another fine, fresh salad. A pudding of gluten-free chocolate cake is light and intense.
Kilshanny House is quixotic and mesmerising. It’s yet another of those extraordinary Burren destinations – Gregans Castle, the Burren Perfumery, Hazel Mountain chocolates, the Burren Emporium – places where dynamic people have fashioned cutting-edge ventures in unlikely, idyllic destinations. Add it to your county Clare list of don’t–miss places.
And remember: straight across the road from the mare and the foal.
On Friday evening, March 20th in Kilshanny House……
Seán Tyrrell’s soulful voice filled with such emotion and empathy brought the listener to places beyond the concert. Brendan Larrissey weaved delicately with his unique sound mastery of the fiddle connecting beautifully Irish traditional music with rich traditional Irish folk singing.
These photos capture behind the sounds of Kehlan Kirwin’s first ever on location Small Business Show at Kilshanny House on February 2nd 2015. The evening went on long after the lights and the mikes and we laughed ’till the maidin geal to Dessie Mulkere’s storytelling! Photos were taken by 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!
“We loved having the children from Kilshanny ‘Green’ National School this week when they were blessed with perfect weather for their cycle for bike week. They all enjoyed tucking into their lunch and dessert here at Kilshanny House after their cycle and there was hardly any need for a pre wash on their plates! It was our pleasure to have them” Mary & Aidan
School children and Mary having a chat. Some enjoying the knickerbocker glories too much to engage!
We celebrated Little Christmas / Nollaig Na Mban in style! 5 January 2014
Tradition tells you to put your feet up, but Ace Minsky & The Wireless Operators made us kick our heels up with their Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Blues repertoire – no wonder we were all hopping around the pub in the end. Even very dance-lazy people – and reportedly one lady who had never (yes, never) danced in her life before – were shaking it!