Moyvane bar hosts the darling sounds of May

Donal Nolan

WE have County Louth to thank for an artistic pairing with strong Moyvane connections that brought the north Kerry village to life with stories and music on Friday night.

Máiréad Kearney's Bar provided the launchpad for the debut album of native May Nunan Toal on Friday night. Comprised of stories, music and poetry it went down a storm in the cosy Moyvane bar on Friday night.

But it might not have happened had May not crossed paths in Co Louth with young Doctor of Music Dáithí Kearney. May has lived in Dundalk for many years and it was there she first met Dáithí.

The Siamsa Tire performer and Tralee native (and a relative of Máiréad Kearney in Moyvane) is now lecturing in music in Dundalk.

"I heard him singing at an event in the college and I couldn't believe it as I thought I was listening to Moyvane singer Seán Ahern. So I went up to Dáithí afterwards to ask him about it, only for him to tell me that it was Seán who taught it him!"

A musical partnership was born and May soon co-opted Dáithí into providing the music for her spoken-word album Harvesting Memories - comprised of stories recalling her youth in Moyvane and north Kerry and much more besides.

May was delighted that Dáithí was able to make it down for the launch from Dundalk and that he was also accompanied to Máiréad's by Siamsa founder Fr Pat Ahern and his brother Fr Dan Ahern.

"It was a most wonderful night and we received such a warm response!" May said.