‘Handed Down’ fo­cus on Mau­rice O’Ke­effe

All the best to our own Mark Su­grue

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

‘DID you hear that Be­fore?’ - The mu­si­cal legacy of Mau­rice O’Ke­effe of Kiskeam will be pre­sented by Tralee fid­dle player, broad­caster and teacher Máire O’Ke­effe on Satur­day night, De­cem­ber 8.

This is the lat­est in the Handed Down se­ries of con­certs and recitals at Scartaglin Her­itage Cen­tre and will start at 8pm sharp.

“Máire is an ac­com­plished player and teacher with some fine CDs to her credit,” said Handed Down founder mem­ber PJ Tea­han.

In the course of Satur­day night’s event she will look back on her time spent with the late Kiskeam fid­dle player, Mau­rice O’Ke­effe.

“Mau­rice was a man well known for his gen­eros­ity in shar­ing his vast reper­toire of tunes as well as hu­mour and good com­pany, and John Coak­ley will be Máire’s guest on the night.

“Also on the night, the 2018 Dan O’Con­nell Memo­rial Award will be pre­sented to ‘ The Ris­ing’, a young and ex­cit­ing tra­di­tional band from the Kil­lar­ney area.

“Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion, they will play for a half set in hon­our of the late ‘ Timmy the Brit’ with their choice of tunes,” PJ said.

Spe­cial guests on the night are: Diar­muid O’Brien and Clodagh Buck­ley; Singer John Walsh and two groups of young mu­si­cians, Ol­wyn and Ewan Evans from Kil­cum­min and, from County Cork, Rachael O’Con­nor, Ciara Hart­nett and Leah Mur­phy.

The spe­cially con­vened ‘Friends of Mau­rice O’Ke­effe’ group will be led by Mick Cul­loty and in­volve: Paul de Grae, Sean Abeyta, Mike Rice, Dee O’Sul­li­van and Mary Law­less. They will bring the night and a great year of Handed Down en­ter­tain­ment to a close af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion.

The se­ries will re­turn in Jan­uary 2019 with the lat­est in­stal­ment.

Good luck to Mark Su­grue as he takes his place on the play­ers’ seats on Satur­day night’s long-run­ning RTÉ One gameshow, Win­ning Streak.

The pop­u­lar Castleis­lander is a bar­man in Knightly’s Bar in Castle­maine, and he will be hop­ing to make his ‘Mark’ on the show hosted by Marty Whe­lan and Sinead Kennedy.

The Ker­ry­man wishes Mark the best of luck.

John Reidy Photo by

The late Kiskeam fid­dle player, Mau­rice O’Ke­effe, will be the sub­ject of Máire O’Ke­effe’s lec­ture in the lat­est Handed Down in­stal­ment at Scartaglin Her­itage Cen­tre on Satur­day night at 8pm sharp.

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