The Bedford Cross Céilí Band
Photo and caption of the band from the Kerry CCE page;
Representing Kerry and Munster at this years Senior Ceili Band Competition in Sligo The Bedford Cross Céilí Band, Munster Champions 2014. Best of luck to you all.
Bedford is an area on the outskirts of the heritage town of Listowel in Co. Kerry. From the 1950’s to the early 80’s house dances and sessions were common to the musical landscape of Bedford in both homes and the dancehall at Bedford Cross. It is here that local greats Danny and Jettie Neville , Jackie Leahy, the Mangan & Kennelly families, among others spearheaded the preservation of traditional music, song and dance. It is thus fitting that two generations on, the local musicians pay tribute to these musicians and carry forward the musical heritage of the area in the form of The Bedford Cross Céilí Band. In essence the band has been playing and competing together, in various line-ups since they were underage, as part of Listowel Comhaltas under the watchful eye of Alf Neville, but it was in 2013 the band reformed under the title ‘The Bedford Cross’. The band comprises a fantastic line-up of musicians featuring Katie Lucey, Joan Lane and Yvonne Buckley on fiddles, Aisling Neville and James Dillon on flutes, John Neville on accordion, Brian Scannell on banjo, Lorraine Horgan on concertina, Noel Clancy on drums and Lindsay Moynagh on piano. Enriched by the individual talent, the strong musicianship combined has resulted in a sweet and powerful overall sound, defining the Bedford Cross Céilí Band.
Glad rags and nags in Saturday’s Examiner
“Kristin McKenzie-Vass and Dawn O’Sullivan get ready ahead of a photoshoot to launch the annual Listowel Races in County Kerry while committee members David Fitzmaurice, Michael Hennegan and
Eamonn Forde (sic) chat about the upcoming festival.
The Listowel Races will take place from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th of September.”
Eric Luke’s photograph of Rory Gallagher
During my recent visit to East Cork, I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the old walled town of Youghal. Youghal has carefully preserved many of its historic sites and in the protestant church, which is still in use are many really old and really interesting bits and pieces.
Alms Houses – the 17th-century almshouses were constructed by Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork in 1602 for widows. Each tenant received two shillings a week, enough to sustain her. Around the same time (1612), Sir Richard Boyle built a hospital and a free school. For his efforts in colonising Munster, Sir Richard Boyle was granted the title and dignity Lord Boyle in 1616. When a poll tax of two shillings was introduced in 1697, those living by alms were exempt. St Mary’s Collegiate Church in the town still contains many monuments, including the tomb of Richard Boyle himself. (Wikipaedia
Boyle’s family as depicted on his tomb
Baptismal font from 1850
Stone stairs to the lepers’ gallery
Unusual stained glass window with military rather than religious symbols
I was struck by the aptness of this memorial in a month when 3 Irish lives had been lost in climbing accidents.
At the gate of the church stands this house where Sir Walter Raleigh was staying when he smoked his first cigarette in Ireland. The story goes that a servant, seeing smoke rising from him, thought he was on fire and threw a bucket of water over him. Smoking still caught on though.
Famous Kanturk Horse Trainer has a bit of fun at Goodwood
Michael Winters (right) and Tony Winters getting donkeys ready to start in Kanturk GAA Night At The Dogs, Picture taken at Goodwood, Kanturk by Janusz Trzesicki
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