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Friends remember Seán with special musical fundraiser

Judy Murphy

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Aonghus and Colie O'Flaherty of Tígh Chóilí with musicians Tommy Keane, Seán Keane, Anne Conroy, Matt Keane, Joe Burke, Don Stiffe, Paddy Clancy, Jacqueline and Marion McCarthy. Jody Henry (centre) is holding a portrait of her late husband Sean. PHOTO: BRIAN HARDING.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The inaugural Cairde concert, in memory of Portumna publican Seán Henry, will take place this Sunday, October 6, from 4pm in Galway City’s Clayton Hotel.  Performers will include Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, Seán Keane, Matt Keane, Mary Bergin, Jimmy Crowley, Frankie Gavin, Eileen O’Brien, Anne Conroy, Seán Gavin and John Faulkner, among others.

The fundraising concert is a celebration of friendship and life, as Ireland’s top traditional musicians and singers perform in aid of the heart and stroke charity, Croí, and Cancer Care West.

Seán Henry was just 66 years old when he died two years ago. Born in Bekan outside Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, in 1952, Seán’s first exposure to traditional music came from his fiddle-playing father. And although, his dad died when Seán was a child, those early experiences gave him a love of music that stayed with him for life. Seán had one of the finest collections of Irish traditional music, even though, as he put it himself, “he couldn’t get a note in a bank”.

As a young man, Seán moved to Dublin in the early 1970s where he met and fell in love with Wexford woman, Marie Butler. Tragically, she was killed in the 1974 Dublin bombing, aged just 21.

Seán worked as a truck-driver for an oil company travelling all over Ireland and mainland Europe. In Dublin, he socialised in the Man of Aran, owned by Galway man Frank Cooney, and in the Merchant, owned by Kerry man Ned O’Shea, becoming friends with the cream of Irish traditional musicians. These included Joe Burke and Ann Conroy, who became his lifelong friends.

Moving to Galway, in 1983, his favourite haunts became Taaffe’s Bar and Tí Chóilí, both renowned for traditional music.

In 1993, after becoming redundant from his job, Seán moved the USA. He had intended to settle in Chicago, but while visiting Joe Burke and Ann Conroy in St Louis where they were playing music at John D. McGurk’s, he met Jody.  Their shared love of traditional music brought them together and Seán stayed in St Louis, where he proposed to Jody on St Patrick’s Day, 1993.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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