Culture night in Coolnasmear September 18th 2015

Oiche Chultúir i gCúil na Sméar


All over Ireland last Friday night September 18th was Culture Night.

In Cúil na Sméar a local night for our members celebrating the connections of songs and music to history turned into a most interesting event. Tied as it was to the programme of the Comeraghs Wild festival the word had spread and the audience or to be more correct the crowd of  participants was far larger than anticipated. By 8.15pm the session was in full swing with special guest our own Benny McCarthy of Danú leading the way. Sitting beside Benny was bodhrán player and singer John Hughes both renewing acquaintance from many years ago at Bobby Gardiner’s music classes. Dublin man John met up with fellow Dubs, singer Eddie Bennett and Shay O’Connor local Lions Club president and former Dublin footballer.

For our own young branch musicians as well as our stars of the Cúil Cheoil Summer show group, it was a night to remember. Experiencing a cross generation session is one of the great hallmarks of traditional music culture. Great stories were told and memories revived of the many families who were recorded by RTE at local sessions over the past 40 years.

The reminiscing had particular relevance for two visitors, Aengus McCann, brother of the late legendary Dr Kevin McCann and his son Declan from Nova Scotia both of whom contributed greatly to our enjoyment. Kevin McCann spent much time around Cúil na Sméar and in particular in the home of Mary Kelly in Currabaha and the attendance of several members of the Kelly family added greatly to the occasion. That we had only heard the previous day that Mary Kelly’s father John Bowe is featured among those recorded in 1903 on the wax cylinders of the late Richard Hennebry was another ingredient in a very interesting night. Go raibh míle maith agat to all who helped to make our culture night a great success.

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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Craobh na gComarach

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