Rachael Lynch and Caroline Flynn, dancers, at the launch of Hup na Houra in Kilfinane
A TRADITIONAL Irish music, song and dance show – brilliantly called Hup na Houra – will run on Tuesdays from July 12 to August 23 in Kilfinane.
A voluntary committee set up Ballyhoura comhaltas branch under a year ago and it, along with a number of other community driven initiatives, has been bringing the community together, said Sarah Gleeson, secretary.
“We are now teaching music and dance to over 120 people, and have registered our interest to Comhaltas Munster Council to host the Limerick County Fleadh in our town in 2017.
“We are now running Hup na Houra, a unique traditional Irish music, song and dance show, in the Old Chapel Rooms, Kilfinane and recently held our launch night. It is a not for profit show which has some major names from the traditional world performing in a superb setting,” said Sarah.
She says everybody involved is working together to promote their town and heritage.
“With the renovation of the Church of Ireland - a great community driven project - it has been possible for us to run a show of the calibre of Hup na Houra. Visitors and tourists are arriving, the air of positivity in the town is infectious and we would love to share it with the rest of County Limerick and further afield,” said Sarah.
Hup na Houra was launched in June and now everything is in place for their opening night in the Old Chapel Rooms in Kilfinane at 8pm on Tuesday, July 12. It will then run every Tuesday until August 23.
A 30 minute excerpt received a standing ovation from the 100 tourism providers at the launch.
It featured stunning performances from some of Ireland’s finest musical talent -Derek Hickey, accordion; Liam Flanagan, fiddle; Caoimhín O’Fearghail, guitar and flute, and Deirdre Scanlan, singer. Along with the top quality music and song, the audience experienced traditional Irish dancing at its best with a mix of step, set, sean-nos and brush dancing from Ciara Flanagan, Rachel Lynch and Caroline Flynn – all renowned dancers - and a selection of the local set dancing group.
“Hup na Houra celebrates the history and life of the area through music, song and dance. The launch featured pieces such as The Lament for Staker Wallace, The Kilfinane Jig and the Ballinvreena Set,” said Sarah.
Hup na Houra, run by Ballyhoura Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE), a voluntary group, is part of the seisiún programme - a musical trail through Ireland. The show is being run in accordance with Ballyhoura CCE aims of encouraging Irish music, song, dance and culture in the Kilfinane area, said Sarah.
“Any profits will be used by Ballyhoura CCE to further promote traditional arts and increase the instrument bank that is available to children and adults, and learning music through a hire scheme,” said Sarah.
Ballyhoura CCE wish to acknowledge the many supporters that have made them so successful in their first year - including all of the businesses in Kilfinane who sponsored instruments for the children.
Tickets cost €15, concession price of €10 and includes local artisan produce and refreshments. Places must be booked on 087 4548501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org