Sunday 20 January 2019

Community news: Kanturk Calling

The 10th Annual Kanturk Arts Festival kicks off with its official opening by much-loved radio personality 103fm's Patricia Messenger at O'Callaghan's Showrooms, Freemount Rd on Thursday, March 15 at 7.30pm.

And Kanturk Arts Festival is delighted to announce that the superb guitar group, Fandango Duo, will be providing the music on the night. Kanturk Arts Festival has pulled off a major coup in getting such a fabulous group to play on the opening night, and the wonderful setting of the showroom in O'Callaghan's Showrooms will make the occasion even more special.

The Festival's Invited Artist's Exhibition will also be launched on the night. This will feature works by North Cork Artists Mary G Sheehan, Viv Buckley and Deborah O'Keeffe.

The winners of the Schools Art Competition, sponsored by Kanturk Credit Union, will also be presented with their awards on the night.

There will be a cheese and wine reception as part of the official opening and every-one is welcome to attend this free event.

The internationally renowned award-winning poet and academic, Cullen born Ber-nard O'Donoghue, will make a welcome return to Kanturk Arts Festival this year. On Sunday March 18th, Bernard will be guest of honour at an event in The Courthouse, when he will read from some of his published work.

Also included at the same event is a new addition to the pro-gramme this year, "From the Witness Box", features a number of writers and poets, who will read a short original work of their own to get the afternoon off to a dramatic start. The pieces being read by guest writers will include poetry, comedy, and all things in between.

Unmissable, mark it in your diary for Sunday 18th of March at The Courthouse beginning at 4pm. This event is free.

Guitarist Noel Walsh and baritone Eoin Leahy return to teh festival after their resoundingly successful concert 'Some Enchanted Evening' last year.

The 10th Annual Kanturk Arts Festival runs from Thursday, March 15th to Monday, March 19th. The festival brochure will be available throughout the Duhallow region shortly.

Muireann carries the hopes of Cork into Scor final

The Munster GAA Scor Sinsear finals take place at Cappamore, Co. Limerick on this Saturday evening 10th March and Muireann Vaughan carries the hopes of Kanturk and Cork in the Solo Singing final, after coming out top in stiff competition in which 11 participants took part.

Best wishes to Muireann from all in Kanturk GAA.


Kanturk GAA Annual General Meeting takes place on this Thursday 8th March at the clubrooms 8pm sharp.

The club will review a magical season of unprecedented success. All outgoing officers, Committee members, players and supporters welcome to attend.

Juvenile GAA Social:

Kanturk Juvenile GAA victory social takes place on Friday 9th March at the Edel Quinn Hall from 7.30pm. A two course meal followed by medal presentation will be followed by a disco. Tickets €15 each and are available from club officers.


Storm Emma and the snow of last Thursday night/Friday morning caused the cancelation of all games listed for the past weekend.

There is a full programme of games down for decision over the coming weekend, which is dependent on pitches recovering on time.

On Saturday 10th March Rebel Og U14B1 football league between Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) and Blarney takes place at Kanturk 3pm.

This game may move to the Freemount Road pitch.

Also in Kanturk on Saturday, the Duhallow U21Fc Rd2 be-tween Kanturk and Dromtarriffe is down for decision 4pm.

On Sunday in the Rebel North region U18B1FL Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) travel to Millstreet to face Duarigal Gaels 3pm and in Div2 of the county leagues Kanturk have a home tie against Aghabullogue 2.30pm.

All fixtures carry a health warning as the state of pitches will determine what venues are available so updates will be given on social media closer to the time.

Fixtures: Saturday 10th March at Kanturk (Freemount Rd pitch), Rebel Og North U14B1 FL; Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) v Blarney 3pm. Saturday 10th March at Kanturk (Kilroe Pitch) Duhallow U21'B'FC Rd2; Kanturk v Dromtarriffe 4pm (Alt venue; Dromtarriffe). Sunday 11th March at Millstreet, Rebel Og North U18B1 FL; Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) v Duarigal Gaels 3pm. Sunday 11th March at Kanturk, Cork Div2 FL; Kanturk v Aghabullogue 2.30pm (time subject to change).

Choral society off to Chicago

Duhallow Choral Society will travel once again to the City of Chicago to celebrate St Patrick's week.

The group are hosted by Teresa Daly, Chicago Rose of Tralee Centre and Ireland Network 'IN CHICAGO'.

The choir have been welcomed by Ireland's Consulate General to Chicago, Brian O'Brian, who will attend their gala concert at St Patricks Cathedral (Old St Pat's Church) on Wednesday 14th March.

The group will also be honoured with a special meeting with the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, at the City Hall on Monday 12th March. The group will also perform at St Xaviour University.

Along many short performances, including visits to Emanon Vaughan's pub, formally from Newmarket, the group will celebrate St Patrick's Day and parade with the Irish in the South Side of Chicago.

Having sung their way around the city of Chicago the choir will complete their tour by travelling to Beloit Wisconsin for a tour and performance at Kerry global research and innovation centre guests of the Management and Teresa Daly who works there.

Duhallow Choral Society are most grateful to Cork County Council, North Cork Municipal District and IRD Duhallow for producing a magnificent brochure showcasing Duhallow and the Choral Society, all the many Business and friends of the Choir who generously supported the tour in planning over the past six months. The Choir are proud and delighted represent the people of North Cork and Duhallow with pride and distinction.

For further information Follow this tour visit our website at or on Facebook.

Liam’s art earns special merit

Liam Allen from St.Colman's BNS, Kanturk, has been awarded a Merit in the 8 to 10 years category for the 2017 Credit Union Art Competition! Liam received his prize in the Hogan Mezzanine at Croke Park on Sunday 11th February.

Liam was joined by his family and other prize-winners from around the country on the day. He was one of 32 selected from an initial entry of over 30,000.

His prize was presented by the delightful Marty Whelan and Charles Murphy, President of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

This is a huge achievement as Liam won 1st prize at both local and chapter level and has been awarded a Merit Award at National Level.

His picture of the peacock was inspired by a Summer visit to Fota where the peacocks put on a colourful display. Liam loves painting and drawing and attends the Amanda Wright Art School in Ballydaly. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement once again!