Céilí house and mov­ing heart in Tureenc­ahill

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By JOHNREIDY

have their say in de­ter­min­ing if cur­rent pro­to­col is enough to re­spect the flag or whether leg­is­la­tion should be in­tro­duced.

“It’s only right that we have clear guide­lines in place and it’s equally right that the Ir­ish peo­ple are in­volved in de­sign­ing those same guide­lines. Our National An­them should be re­spected and used ap­pro­pri­ately.”

“I’m call­ing on all with an in­ter­est in this is­sue to make a sub­mis­sion and to have their views heard. It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal schools in Kerry to come up with ideas,” Sen Daly added.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can make sub­mis­sions un­til Novem­ber, 2, 2017 by send­ing them to seanad­pub­lic­consult@oireach­tas.ie. IF Sli­abh Luachra is a state of mind then Tureenc­ahill is a school of thought.

On a Fri­day af­ter­noon at the end of June 2014 Tureenc­ahill National School closed its doors for the fi­nal time.

A short while after, the build­ing fell into good hands. A lot of thought went into its fu­ture role in the com­mu­nity it served since it re­placed the old build­ing in 1950.

Now its long cor­ri­dor and for­mer class­rooms are busier than ever and en­joy­ing a new lease of life as Tureenc­ahill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The read­ing, writ­ing and sums have been re­placed by: Yoga on Tues­days; Tai Chi classes on days to be de­ter­mined; bridge and kick­box­ing on Wed­nes­days and much more.

There’s a cer­tain some­thing about the build­ing that whispers a quiet welcome while ex­ud­ing the warmth of the lo­cal­ity.

Trust the French to have just the right cu­pla fo­cal for this kind of feel­ing when they file such things in the je ne sais quoi cat­e­gory.

And, be­cause it’s there, a lo­cal and very ac­tive re­tire­ment group has been formed since the trans­for­ma­tion of the build­ing. That’s only one of the suc­cess sto­ries at­tached to the place.

If not in this very build­ing, it was in this very yard, all those years ago, that Pa­trick O’Ke­effe tapped on and lifted up the win­dow of the old school and told the teacher to ‘ leave out young Cronin there – I’m teach­ing him above at the house.”

Wouldn’t you just love to know what they talked about as they made their way to Cronin’s that day.

The young Cronin was, of course the late and fa­mous Paddy Cronin one of Sli­abh Luachra’s bright­est mu­si­cal stars.

There was an ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cal stars at the cen­tre on Saturday night as RTÉ Ra­dio One sent its lat­est in a long line of col­lec­tors into the Sli­abh Luachra mu­si­cal mine.

With Kieran Han­ra­han at the helm and as fear a’ tí, the cen­tre buzzed with an­tic­i­pa­tion as notes were made and tunes picked and mu­si­cians and singers sound-checked.

The Céilí House crew had been in­vited by Ber­tie O’Leary and backed by his cen­tre com­mit­tee. A record­ing room was set up and over a dozen mics stood in front of the row of chairs soon to be oc­cu­pied by the cho­sen ones.

A soli­tary mi­cro­phone stood apart. To this, lo­cal singers, Christy Cronin and Michelle O’Sul­li­van pro­vided out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of their pre­cious gifts in the course of the record­ing.

The chairs awaited: Con Moyni­han, Jimmy Doyle, Bryan O’Leary, Joe O’Sul­li­van, Ciarán O’Sul­li­van, Róisín Cronin, Emma O’Leary, Colm Guil­foyle, Ni­amh Dal­ton and Michael O’Con­nor.

A rov­ing mic, with an RTÉ head on it and in the hands of Kieran Han­ra­han, found Handed Down co-founder, P.J.Tea­han for a mid pro­gramme in­ter­view. P.J. ex­plained and out­lined his Scartaglin based sched­ule from here to World Fid­dle Day Scartaglin in May.

It dawned on me too what mov­ing hearts is all about. Kieran Han­ra­han was re­minded sev­eral times that he and his crew were in the heart of Sli­abh Luachra. Of course they were. The heart is wher­ever the mu­sic of the re­gion is be­ing played like this at any given time.

It was, most cer­tainly, in Tureenc­ahill on Saturday night and in the safest of hands. It will be in Scartaglin on Saturday night for the Handed Down, cross-bor­der spe­cial as the New­mar­ket, Co. Cork crew come vis­it­ing from 8pm.

It will be in Castleis­land over the bank holiday week­end from Oc­to­ber 27 to 30. And any­way, wasn’t it Con Houli­han him­self who said that Sli­abh Luachra was a mov­able feast?

Tureenc­ahill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre yard and road frontage was manned and traf­fic man­aged on Saturday night by Donal Cronin, Kevin Daly and Patsy Herlihy while, in­doors, the feed­ing of the mul­ti­tudes fell to Eileen Herlihy, Noreen Cronin and Lil Flem­ing.

The Céilí House spe­cial from Tureenc­ahill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is due to be broad­cast on RTÉ Ra­dio One on Saturday night, Novem­ber 25, at a cou­ple of min­utes after 9pm.

(left) Pho­to­graph: John Reidy John Reidy Photo by

Tureenc­ahill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre / Céilí House Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Cater­ing Corps for Saturday night’s spe­cial event in­cluded, Donal Cronin with: Kevin Daly, Eileen Herlihy, Noreen Cronin, Lil Flem­ing and Patsy Herlihy. Ni­amh Dal­ton (left) with: Ciarán...

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