Castleconnell Parish Hall was a hive of excitement on Thursday, 17th October as locals eagerly anticipated the arrival of some of the top Irish traditional performers in the country – and they weren’t disappointed!
The hall was packed to the rafters as the Castleconnell natives resisted the urge to get up and dance to the rip-roaring, lively sets coming from the stage. Leading the charges was local musician, Séamus Harnett who treated the crowd to a very energetic flute solo as well as a breath-taking display of whistling! This was followed in the second half by the multi-instrumentalist, Micheál Fitzgibbon who brought the hall to silence with a haunting march on the harp composed by his sister, Gráinne. There was great variety in the show featuring some sparkling footwork, a barrel dance, multiple instrumental solos and songs in both English and Irish.
Mary McCabe, wife of the late Martin McCabe who founded our Comhaltas branch was the special guest on the night and a presentation was made to her on behalf of the branch following a very gracious speech from music teacher, Sheila Cagney.
Of all the 14 shows that were performed over the course of the tour, Castleconnell proved to be the most enthusiastic and lively audience! A massive thank you to all who gave of their time to organise such a wonderful night. Special thanks to all family, friends and neighbours who attended and made it a night to remember – thank you all for your support!