Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend Festival 2019

01aug9:00 am05(aug 5)11:59 pmSean McCarthy Memorial Weekend Festival 2019TypeFestivals,Folk Music,Traditional MusicCountyKerry

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This Festival honours the balladeer Sean McCarthy and takes place annually in Finuge, Co. Kerry over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It is now in its 25th year.

Sean McCarthy was born in Listowel on July 5th 1923. He was one of a family of ten children. He attended Listowel Primary School, where his teacher for a time was Dr. Bryan McMahon, who once said of Sean that “he was always a special person, I’ll even go so far as to say he was unique.”

Among his best known songs are “Shanagolden”, “Red Haired Mary”, “Highland Paddy”, “Murphy’s Volunteers”, “Step it out Mary”, “Mountain Tae, (Hills of Connemara) and “In Shame Love, In shame”.

He played a major role in promoting “The Rambling House” on Radio Kerry, which is now continued at Sheahan’s Thatched House, Finuge over the winter months.

The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend provides a fitting tribute to an individual who will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.

This years Memorial Weekend will start on Thursday 1st August with an Art Exhibition with Shaun Johnson & Christie Roache. This will commence at 7pm in the Thatched House.

On Friday 2nd Annmarie O’Riordan will be in concert at 8pm in Teach Siamsa.

Saturday 3rd will see a Children’s Art with Artist “Mary Finucane” from 11.30am to 1pm. This will be held at The Thatched House and will cover Art, Clay, Sculpture & Paint. Later on for those interested, you can assemble at the Thatched House for a walk around Finuge with Catriona McCarthy. Then for a discussion on Biodiversity & Wildflowers with Cathy Eastman, Kerry Earth Education Project & Botanist Catriona McCarthy. This will start at 2pm in the Thatched House.

Between 4 and 6pm McCarthy’s Bar will be the place to be for an afternoon Trad Music Session. So come along and enjoy some great trad music. All musicians most welcome.

At 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa we will see the final of the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. Admission for this event will be €10.

Sunday 4th will see music with “Heart and Soul” between 6 and 8pm in McCarthy’s Beer Garden.

Then at 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa the final of the Mick McCarthy Story Telling Competition will be held with Special Guest TV Personality Katherine Lynch. Admission for this will be €10. Later on in the evening there will be music with the Premier Blue Boys starting at 10.30 pm in McCarthy’s Bar.

On Monday 5th at Teach Siamsa will see The Rambling House, between 3.30pm – 5.30pm, all Musicians & Singers are most welcome with light refreshment being served.

The Annual Bank Holiday BBQ will take place in the Beer Garden of McCarthy’s Bar between 5pm and 7pm. This will be followed with music by “Fastest Fingers’’ with Michael O’Brien at 7pm in McCarthy’s Bar bringing the weekend to a close.

Please visit the website at for the latest information about the Weekend. If you have any queries about the Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend then email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 904 9371.


01/08/2019 9:00 am - 05/08/2019 11:59 pm(GMT+00:00)

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