Folk singers get chance to shine at Clancy Festival

A 160km cycle, history walking tours, a folk singing contest and a pub trail of music sessions are among the eclectic mix of fringe events for visitors to the upcoming Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival.

A 160km cycle, history walking tours, a folk singing contest and a pub trail of music sessions are among the eclectic mix of fringe events for visitors to the upcoming Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival.

The Eoghan Power Memorial Singing Competition will take place in Figgerty’s Pub, New Street on Friday June 1 at 9pm.

This is always a great night and there is always great local talent showcased..

Each competition entrant will sing one folk song or ballad of their choice. The event is free to the public to come and wath and the fee for participating singers is €10.

An application form can be downloaded from the Festival website.

Over the weekend there will be a live music pub trail and sessions galore in pubs around the town.

The rafters will be lifting with tunes in O’Ceallachains, Figgertys and Powers of Tullahought to name but a few.

Some of the well known names that will be playing include Kevin Power, Colm Power, Donal Clancy, Paney Bartley, Maria O’Shea Enright, Pete Smith, Anthony Mc Cauley, Colm O’Caoimh, Pat Ryan, Paul Ryan, John Nugent, Mick McCauley and the Chancy Brothers will also be making a welcome return to this year’s festival.

So make sure to bring along your instrument and join in to what is surely going to be great craic.

The streets of Carrick-on-Suir will be filled with music during the festival busking competition from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, June 2. Anyone with a bit of talent can take to the streets and perform. You can download an application form online. There is a €10 euro entrance fee and an amazing cash prize of €250.

There will also be a myriad of music related workshops at the Nano Nagle Resource Centre this Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.

Workshops in accordian will be hosted by Mick McCauley, a fiddle workshop will be run by Anthony McCauley/Martin Murray and there will be a workshop guitar with Colm O’Caoimh/Donal Clancy.

There will also be a banjo/mandolin workshp with Martin Murray, singing workshop with Roísín Coady and Lorcan Reidy will host an instrument making/repair workshop. 

Meanwhile, the Bobby Power Carrick Wheelers Challenge Sportive on Sunday, June 3 is set to attract some of the most experienced cyclists in the region.

The cycle comprises one route, eight challenges and 160km of the toughest roads around Carrick-on-Suir.

Rás legend, the late Bobby Power, designed the route, which covers a combination of the hardest established climbs in the area including Mahon Falls and Seskin Hill, an ascent of the famous Tipperary mountain of Slievenamon and a finishing challenge on a road through Lord Waterford’s beautiful Curraghmore Estate.

Cyclists will depart on the challenge at 9am on June 3 from Greenside in Carrick-on-Suir and members of the public are urged to come out and support the athletes. For more information log onto www.carrickwheelers.com.

The festival programme also boasts two organised walks.

The first will be the Town Walk, which will be a guided tour of the town with local historian Tom Walsh, who will share his knowledge of the town’s historic sights and give an insight into the lives of many of its characters.

Mr Walsh and the walking tour will leave from Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre at 10am on Saturday, June 2. Tickets cost €5.

The River Walk on Sunday, June 3 will follow the path of the 18th Century Suir Navigation along the north bank of the River Suir. Enjoy discovering some of the 37 pools or scrapes and abundant flora and fauna between Carrick-on-Suir and Dove Hill.

Walkers will meet at Davin Park at 9am and a tasty breakfast will be on offer for all when they arrive at Dove Hill Design Centre.

For more details on Clancy Brothers Festival events log onto www.clancybrothersfestival.org.

Tickets for festival concerts and other events can be purchased at The Hertiage Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, phone number (051) 640200. Opening hours are 9.30am to 4pm, Monday-Friday.