Clochán Bréannainn walking and music festival

PREPARATIONS are in full swing ahead of Féile Sléibhteoireachta Chlochán Bhréanainn 2014 - the Cloghane Brandon Walking Festival – which will take place over the Easter weekend, from April 18-21.

The festival caters for all levels of walkers, offering two difficult walks (Mount Brandon and Baile Dubh) and two easier walks (Sás Creek to Brandon Point and Sliabh Glas).

The festival offers walkers an opportunity to explore the Mount Brandon mountain range and the Sliabh Glas route in particular has proven popular with historians and World War II aficionados as remnants of a crashed warplane can be seen along the way.

Over the same weekend, the Cloghane Brandon Music Festival will also take place with the legendary Scullion as festival headliners.

For more information and registration contact Cumann Sléibhteoireacht an Leith-Triúigh (Cloghane Brandon Hillwalking Club) at or telephone 066-7138137.


ENTRIES for Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada 2014 – which Corca Dhuibhne concertina player Cormac Begley won when the 2013 final was hosted in Cork in February – opened this week.

This year's competition is for fiddle and there is no doubt that West Kerry's musicians will once again shine.

The competition, now in its fifth year, was initiated by musician and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Peadar Ó Riada on his radio programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil as he felt that there was far too much emphasis on technique and ornamentation in traditional music competitions these days. In this competition judges deem character, spirit and musicality as being as important as technical proficiency.

To enter, musicians should record five pieces of music and upload them to, or alternatively burn them to CD and send them to Peadar Ó Riada. Fifteen musicians will be shortlisted and they will take part in a concert in February in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, where the winner will be chosen.

Over the next few months Peadar Ó Riada will play some of the competition entries on his weekly traditional music programme on Raidió na Gaeltachta on Fridays at 7 pm. Listeners can also register with the website to hear the entries. The closing date for receipt of entries is September 26.


THE aeration programme which began last November on fairways, tees and greens at Ceann Sibeal Golf course has been completed and work is continuing to upgrade the course.

The greens will be solid tined throughout the year and sods are in the process of being procured for the surrounds this week which will see a start made on necessary repairs.

With the welcome rise in temperatures, growth is up and as a consequence, the club hopes the fairways will be back in play on the first week in April.


THE weekend before last was an exciting one for Mazz O'Flaherty and the Dingle Record Shop on Green Street as Bono came to visit.

Mazz has now followed up with an invitation to the U2 frontman to come and record a session in the Dingle Record Shop and let's hope he takes her up on the offer.

In the meantime music fans will enjoy this week's 'Session From The Shop' which features the musical talents of Anita Arden.

The session can be listened to online at

Mazz is also the star of a short film made by acclaimed film maker Myles O'Reilly, entitled 'The Greatest Smallest Record Shop in Ireland', which can be viewed on the Dingle Record Shop's website.


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