Friday 20 April 2018

Craic is Unbelievable in Baile Bhúirne

Sen Loingsigh

IT'S an early summer of entertainment at least in Baile Bhúirne, as more than a few well-known stars are performing in the Gaeltacht area.

As Mills Inn proprietors Don and Gobnait O'Leary celebrated ten years in the pub and restaurant business in Baile Bhúirne last weekend, comedian John Kenny of the Unbelievables performed in the historic tavern last Friday night, and was followed on Saturday night by singers Mundy, of 'Galway Girl' fame, and Tim O'Riordan of Natural Gas.

There was great gas in the Mills, as Mundy and the Natural Gas man joined forces to entertain a lively audience with their respective hits, The Galway Girl and the Langer.

John Kenny is also turning out to be a bit of a local hit, as he is currently working on a theatre project in the area this year.

And if that's not enough, singing legend Christy Moore will be in concert in the Abbey Hotel on July 7, at an event organised by the Iontaobhas Fódhla trust who have been involved in various cultural activates in recent years.

It will be a different kind of gig this time for the former Planxty and Moving Hearts singer, as he last sang in the locality at six o'clock in the morning two years ago at the all night open air extravaganza in the playing field by the Sulán river in Cúil Aodha to celebrate Seán Ó Riada's birthday at the dawn of August 1.

Christy promised organiser Peadar Ó Riada at the time he would be back, agus tá sé ag teacht ar ais to the place where the Good Ship Kangaroo song was collected from a famous local singer, Elizabeth Cronin of Ballymakeera, in the middle of the last century, to be later recorded by Moore with Planxty in 1980.

And in a fortnight's time in the Ionad Cultúrtha, the famous three singers from the Voice Squad - Phil Callery, Fran McPhail and Gerry Cullen - will join the Cór Ban Chúil Aodha women's choir for a concert on Saturday April 27, which is part of Guthanna na nOileán island voices weekend organised by Ionad director Bríd Cranitch.

The Tenores di Bitti singers from Sardegna will be on stage at the Ionad on Friday night April 26, and a conference held at the same venue during the weekend aims to explain the cultural link between the Italian island and Ireland.

The Cork County Fleadh from May 9-12 promises to be a more straightforward affair, with more than a thousand entrants expected to compete in the various competitions. The Cill na Martra Comhaltas branch have brought this one to Baile Bhúirne, and it promises to be a famous Fleadh Cheoil festival of music to be held in the Cork Gaeltacht area for the first time.