Christie’s mem­ory in Tralee lives on through mu­sic

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

MAYBE it was the line-up of bril­liant mu­si­cians, or maybe it was the fond place that Christie Hen­nessy still holds in the hearts and mind of the peo­ple of Tralee. What­ever it was, it cer­tainly drew the crowds to the Ashe Ho­tel for the 2018 Christie Hen­nessy Fes­ti­val.

The late, great Christie passed away in De­cem­ber of 2007 but not be­fore gift­ing the world such hits as ‘Mes­sen­ger Boy’ and ‘Roll back the Clouds’.

Hun­dreds packed the in­ti­mate venue last Fri­day night to re­mem­ber the great mu­si­cian while MC for the night, an­other of Tralee’s favourite sons, Fran­cie Con­way, was on hand to wel­come them all to the eighth year of the fes­ti­val.

Co-founded by Fran­cie, the fes­ti­val was cre­ated to of­fer a show­case for up-and-com­ing and na­tional per­form­ers as well as recog­nis­ing Hen­nessy’s great con­tri­bu­tion to Ir­ish mu­sic. Among the many per­form­ers who played and sang over the week­end were mu­si­cians such as Liam O’Con­nor, Susan O’Neill, Liam Clerkin, The Right­eous Dudes, Jim and Pam O’Con­nor and Chap­ter 2 up to the stage.

While Fri­day night was a time for re­lax­ation and mu­sic, there was lit­tle time to re­lax over the rest of the week­end as mu­si­cians bat­tled it out in the IMRO Christie Hen­nessy Song Con­test.

Gemma Bradley from Derry emerged as the best of the tal­ented bunch and was awarded with a cheque of €1,000 for her ef­forts.

Spe­cial guest on the night was the one and only Stella Par­ton, sis­ter of Dolly, and a hugely tal­ented singer in her own right.

Tralee band ‘Chap­ter 2’ per­form at the 2018 Christie Hen­nessy Fes­ti­val at the Ashe Ho­tel last Fri­day night. The fes­ti­val is run ev­ery year to re­mem­ber the great Tralee mu­si­cian who passed away in 2007. IN­SET: Christie Hen­nessy him­self. All pho­tos by Fer­gus Den­nehy.

ABOVE:Ann Marie Earley, Hugh Gal­lagher, Lisa Cur­ran. David Dil­lane and Amy Roche pic­tured tak­ing a break from help­ing out at the Christie Hen­nessy Fes­ti­val at the Ashe Ho­tel on Fri­day night.

LEFT:Two leg­ends of mu­sic, Fran­cie Con­way and Liam O’Con­nor, pic­tured be­fore fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off on Fri­day.

Re­becca Kemp and San­dra Walsh were all smiles on Fri­day night.

Han­nah Lynch and John Walsh from Tralee.

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