A WEALTH of top-class acts will mark Seachtain na Gaeilge in concert in Newcastle West next week.
The coirm-cheoil, which will take place in the historic and atmospheric surroundings of the Desmond Castle hall, will showcase some of West Limerick’s finest traditional musicians.
Tim Collins, the renowned concertina player from Killeedy, will return from his adopted Clare and the Kilfenora Céilí Band, for the concert and joining him will be his brother, Cllr Michael Collins. Deirdre Scanlan, from Monagea and another emigrée to Clare, will also return to sing while the superb fiddler Diarmuid O’Brien from Glin will also feature as will Abbeyfeale’s finest, accordion player extraordinaire, Donal Murphy. Some young musicians will open the concert which begins at 8.30pm next Thursday, March 13. Cead isteach is just €10 on the door.
Meanwhile, Newcastle West is also gearing up to celebrate St Patrick’s Day but this year, unlike previous years, the parade will most definitely take place on the day itself, Monday, March 17.
And the emphasis, according to the chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Damien Riedy, is firmly on family fun, music and a lot of colour and razzmatazz.
“We know that things are still hard for local businesses,” he told the Limerick Leader when the committee launched the parade this week. “And the business people have always been very good to us. But we really want to encourage them to put floats in, to help create atmosphere but also to promote their own business.”
However, he added, the emphasis was on colourful floats rather than a string of undecorated cars or lorries. The parade will see the local St David’s Pipe Band take to the streets as well as the return of the Rathkeale Brass and Reed Band. It will be led by members of the Limerick Intermediate Camogie Team who were finalists in last year’s All-Ireland. “What they did for Limerick was brilliant,” Cllr Riedy said.
Another big attraction on the day will be the drive-through by a convoy of classic motor-bikes led by local man Michael Lynch. Michael, Damien explained, regularly organises motor-bike drives in aid of charity and hopes to bring as many Harley Davisons and Honda Gold Wings as possible to the parade well as other classic bikes. The parade will take place at 2.30pm and is organised by the parade committee in association with the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Association and the Community Council.