Limerick publican crowned Ireland’s Culchie Cailin

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

A COUNTY Limerick publican is as good at pulling pints as she is pulling in votes.

A COUNTY Limerick publican is as good at pulling pints as she is pulling in votes.

Jodie Power, of Power’s Pub in Abington, Murroe was crowned the Culchie Cailin at the annual culchie festival in Cork.

No Dubs or no women are allowed to enter the Culchie King competition but for only the second year they have organised a Culchie Cailin competition.

And Jodie waltzed away with the title.

“The winner of the Rose of Tralee gets invited to open shops and all sorts of things. I’ll probably be asked to open silage pits!” laughed Jodie, who runs Power’s with her husband, Michael.

The festival describes itself as the male version of the Rose of Tralee.

It started in 1989 and searches to find the ultimate culchie or village character.

Organiser, Paddy Rock, says it is a big asset to be able to entertain with a story, song, musical instrument or dance.

And that certainly applies to Jodie. Ten ladies went forward for the title but Jodie stood out from the rest.

“She is like the ambulance service - always on call! Any time of the day or night if there is a session going Jodie is in the middle with her accordion. She is a great character,” said Paddy.

While the no men, no Dubs rule still applies to the Culchie King competition they started the Culchie Cailin for women like Jodie.

As well as winning the title it was her first year at the festival. Over the three days events range from welly throwing to culchie pole dancing to egg throwing

“I’ve been to the Rose of Tralee and the Galway Races and there is nothing to compare it to this. I’d never miss one again.

“I thought I was just going down to show them how to play skittles, which we play in Power’s, and I ended up winning it,” said Jodie.

As she won the title there was a culchie reunion in her pub on Saturday night.

“There was two busloads from all over the country. It was one of the best sessions of music I’ve ever been involved in. If you were in a bad humour it would certainly cheer you up. It’s all doom and gloom so anything that puts a smile on people’s faces is great,” said Jodie.

As the culchies try and stay away from cities they were all put up in local B&B’s who Jodie thanked for looking after them so well in Murroe.

“They will certainly be back,” she said.

Every Wednesday night they host a traditional music session and on Thursdays a Murroe song session takes place.

Earlier this year they hosted a high nelly run and day of old time games.

Now a visit to Power’s will ensure a pint poured by Ireland’s Culchie Cailin.