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

Kilshanny House is the ideal country pub, writes John McKenna


smoked salmon gateaux at Kilshanny HouseKilshanny 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,

st.tola goat's cheese infused in herbsMary 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.
luxury grain free chocolate cake raw cacco toppingAnd 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.

Mare and foal across road from Kilshanny HouseKilshanny 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.

You can’t miss it.

Seán Tyrrell and Brendan Larrissey début performance at Kilshanny House

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.
It was the début launch for Tyrrell & Larrissey in the cosy intimate setting at Kilshanny House located in the heart of the Burren on the Wild Atlantic Way.
These two genres are talking about a world tour…..doing what they do best play music from the heart and sing songs from the soul!
So stay tuned in and follow their story here………


photos by Jenny Martin


What the audience said…….

“captivating”……Adrienne from Limerick.
“breathtaking” ……Victor from London
.”beyond words”….Edel from Crusheen
“it was like finding the jewels in a hidden gem”…….John from Cork
“Kilshanny House is a lovely spot, ’twas like listening to them in my own kitchen, it was so homely there”…….Mattie from Doolin


Small Business Show on Location

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

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

Bike Week in Kilshanny

“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

Bike rest
Bike rest


Safety First!
Safety First!


I ain't sharing this!
I ain’t sharing this!


A chip off the block!
A chip off the block!

School children and Mary having a chat. Some enjoying the knickerbocker glories too much to engage!

School children and Mary having a chat. Some enjoying the knickerbocker glories too much to engage!


Mmm...a sundae is good any day!
Mmm…a sundae is good any day!
A treat for the ladies
A treat for the ladies


Little Christmas and Ace Minsky playing not only for the ladies!

Ace Minsky & Festive Burren Béilíní

Ace Minsky at Kilshanny HouseWe 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!

Celebrating New Year at Kilshanny House!

As a gesture of thanks to our customers and friends…

… we invited you to spend your evening at Kilshanny House starting off with a mulled wine reception. We were taken on a journey through the musical world of Jaskane Café Trio.

The Jaskane Café Trio entertained us and rang in the New Year  with an intriguing mix of Irish and international music. The pub was packed, and great craic was had by all!

We had a blast spending the New Year with ye!

Look at the pictures how we were ringing in the New Year with Jaskane Café Trio and lots of friends from near and far….



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