Monday 19 November 2018

Community news: Charleville

Mike McGrath

Irish traditional music patrons along the North Cork, Slieve Luachra and West Limerick border are in for a exceptional treat when the legendary De Danann pay a rare visit to Freemount's Community Hall on Saturday, March 10 to perform at what promises to be a tremendous night of music and song in aid of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice Cork and the Mercy Foundation.

Once described as 'the Rolling Stones of Irish traditional music,' De Dannan were formed in Galway in 1975 and after touring extensively all over Europe and the USA and recording 14 albums they broke up in 2003. Now the band is back again with founder member Alec Finn, who is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (Banjo/Piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neil Lyons (bodhran).

The programme also includes triple All-Ireland winners, the home grown Shandrum Céilí Band, under their musical director Alan Finn, and another All-Ireland winner, local lady Elle Marie O'Dwyer and her band completes the line-up for the night.

The event is organised by Freemount man Adrian McAuliffe, who explained the genesis of the evening.

"Due to the untimely death of my sister, Rose, to cancer, earlier this year, my family and I are indebted to the services offered by Marymount Hospice and for the dedication of the cancer specialist team at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork," said Adrian. "Like all families facing this devastating disease, without the compassion, care and expertise offered by both The Mercy and Marymount, I feel that the journey facing the patients and their families would be much more difficult and isolating.

"With this in mind, and my long association with traditional Irish music, I decided to organize a concert to honour Rose's memory.

"We would like all of the proceeds of this night to go to the Mercy Foundation and Marymount University Hospice. With this in mind I would be most grateful if you would like to buy a ticket for the event or alternatively donate to this very worthy cause."

Again, the concert is in the Community Centre in Freemount, on Saturday, March 10 at 8.30 pm. Tickets are on sale for €20. Adrian may be contacted at 087-6289265 or on email at or Hazel on 083-0056335.

Craobh concert aids groundbreaking dementia centre

The Craobh An Rath Comhaltas concert in the Charleville Park Hotel in aid of the new Carebright Community Dementia Centre in Bruff, Co. Limerick was an outstanding success.

The concert featured the cream of Irish traditional music, song and dance, delighting the two hundred plus attendance.

The event was organised by the committee of the Charleville CCE branch led by Carmel Murphy, chairperson, Mike Donegan, vice-chairman, Liz Cotter, honorary secretary, Louise Lynch assistant secretary, Sally Frawley, treasurer, Judy Tobin assistant treasurer, Rachel O'Connor and Mary Murphy, Youth officers.

Musicians featured included Alan Finn, Eddie Kiely and Ger Naughton, who are all members of the three times All-Ireland winning Shandrum Ceili Band and who are all teachers at Croabh An Rath, uileann piper John Byrne, who is likewise a teacher with the branch, as is All-Ireland banjo champion Adrian McAuliffe, who was joined by James Flanagan.

The night featured two harpists in Anna Sheehan from Bruree and Rachel O'Connor from Charleville, who were a joy to listen to.

The under 12 and under 15 musicians in the Craobh An Rath Goupaí Cheoil with their tutor Alan Finn played wonderful music, and the beautiful singing voices of Tin Hynes and Jacqueline Ward and friends from the Charleville Folk Group, brought the house down.

The youthful dancers were Alesha South and Muireann McCann from the Scol Rinnce Staic school of Irish dance, while Ciara Flanagan with Jack Murphy and Billy O'Sullivan, all from Kilfinane CCE, gave an excellent exhibition of sean-nós dancing.

Another Craobh An Rath teacher Conor Ryan and his friends gave a demonstration of flute playing, which was really appreciated by the audience.

The manager of the Carebright Community Dementia Centre, Colette Ryan addressed the audience at the conclusion of the concert and thanked Craobh An Rath for organising the concert. She explained that this is Ireland's first purpose-built centre for people with dementia, located in the village of Bruff in Co. Limerick, which is situated some 12 miles from Charleville.

The community has three bungalows, each containing six private living spaces and gardens. The space and design of each is pivotal in enabling residents to feel a great sense of belonging, comfort and security.

The focus is also very much on the outdoors and the expansive four-acre space has a large kitchen garden, sensory and remembrance gardens, outdoor seating areas and boithrin 'little roads' style walkways. The community is a lifestyle choice, it provides a supportive environment for people living with dementia, ensuring that all can participate in the warmth and support of our community.

The Centre's fund-raising manager, Valerie Green, was also acknowledged for her co-operation in the organisation of the event in Charleville.

Around the Fireside in Bruree

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next February 12th.

On Monday night it's The O'Riordan Brothers from Granagh with their friends from Bruree and roundabout, back again for another great programme of Around the Fireside. The fun starts at 9.50pm.