The O’Donoghue family and friends

 Friday, January 4th

This Friday night the O’Donoghue family and friends, featuring Ray O’Donoghue – who was the leader of the renowned band “Breda & The Golden Star” – a band that was very popular in the glory days of the showband era of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when marquee dancing was a huge attraction in the West of Ireland. “The Golden Star” band played at every venue in the West coast of Ireland, as well as venues in Kerry, Galway and Mayo. There was scarcely a dancehall in the country that they didn’t play in, while they also toured England on many occasions.

The O’Donogue family have now chosen to have a get together over this festive season to play music and sing and, who knows, maybe a bit of dancing will flow this Friday night in Kilshanny House.


Kilshanny House Singing Circle

Sunday, January 6th at 8 p.m.

Geraldine Carrigg




Geraldine Carrigg is our January guest for Nollaig na mBan. Ennis teacher, harpist and singer, Geraldine has hosted Cas Amhran evenings as part of the Fleadh Nua, so she brings songs as Gaeilge and Bearla to Kilshanny. It is a pleasure to welcome her as our first guest of 2019.

New Year’s Eve at Kilshanny House

with ANOIS

ANOIS outside Kilshanny HouseMary and Aidan warmly welcome you to Kilshanny House for New Year’s Eve.

Greet old friends and ring in midnight to the music of Anois – the voices of Fíona Guiheen (‘A Christmas Wish’ and ‘Deep Peace’) 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 will be a musical feast to bring in the New year in style.

More About ANOIS

Fiona Guiheen

Fiona GuiheenSinger/songwriter Fiona Guiheen comes from Navan and lives in Corofin. After early days singing solo in local clubs, Fiona joined Mr Big Stuff, a Navan-based Soul/R&B band. After a period living and recording in Bangalore, India, she returned to Ireland and performs regularly in Dublin and surrounding counties as well as Clare. She has a wide repertoire – from trad to soul and blues and beyond. She has been working on a CD, and in December 2017 released a mini CD – ‘A Christmas Wish’ and ‘Deep Peace’ (also available as a video on You Tube) – produced by PJ Curtis, with an array of fine backing musicians such as Mick Kinsella, Jon O’Connell, Martin O’Malley and Sharon Howley. She also collaborates with yoga teachers to bring live music to yoga, and runs Kriya Beats – an event combining mantras, chants, sacred music and dance.

Andy Lambert

Andy LambertOriginally from Scotland, and settled in Kilfenora for 18 years, he plays mainly bouzouki and cittern, and sings a wide range of material – from trad to country and rock’n roll. He plays in bands and regularly performs in sessions in London and Clare, was featured on the 2004 CD by pipers Billy McCormick and Adrian Jefferies, and toured in 2017 with the A Gramola Band from Galicia.

In 2018 he launched Ireland’s first ‘Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering’ in Lisdoonvarna – the second is on 22-24 February 2019 – and has long been involved in the Kilfenora Trad Festival.

Rachel Conlan

Rachel ConlanA fiddler from Blessington, Co. Wicklow with musical roots in North Connaught and West Clare, Rachel is in demand as a performer and teacher around Ireland and internationally.

In 2018 she released a much-praised CD with her multi-instrumentalist husband Alan Reid – “A Quare Yield” – featuring diverse and previously unrecorded tunes sourced from old manuscripts and field recordings, on which she also plays the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.

‘A Christmas Wish’ – Fiona Guiheen

Deep Peace by Fíona Guiheen

Foraging Fridays

Kilshanny House Foraging Fridays with Emma Willcox

Local historical sites and habitat weave together on this guided walk with herbalist, Emma. Discover wondrous wild foods and healing herbs as you reconnect with nature in the Vale of Kilshanny.

Emma is a qualified herbalist who lives locally and she will identify the abundant plants and wildlife. Afterwards retreat to Kilshanny House for a welcome warm beverage. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking gear and arrive at Kilshanny House at 10.45 to register and meet your guide. Cost is €15.

To guarantee your place call Emma on 085 729 3572.

Dates for 2019 to come