Fran­cis Bren­nan, Ken­mare’s Lord of the Dance

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE -

Saint Fran­cis (Bren­nan) of Ken­mare told me over lunch in 2014: “All the women say I’m a great dancer. But there’s nowhere you can dance these days, re­ally, ex­cept at wed­dings, is there?” Well, the widely loved star of the Ir­ish hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and RTE will have plenty of op­por­tu­nity on New Year’s Day. No, he is not go­ing to a wed­ding, nei­ther some­one else’s or even his own. He will be danc­ing up the old road to Ken­mare.

“It’s the an­nual 10k hike. A rit­ual start to the New Year,” he told me. The night be­fore, Flat­ley... sorry Fran­cis... and his fam­ily will dance un­til 5am at the five-star Park Ho­tel. “It’s my 39th year here and I still get a great buzz at mid­night.”

A right Kerry-on.

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