Chief O’Neill Remembered  - Our Programme in 2016

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Friday 9 September 2016

6.30 PM - Official opening at Bantry  Community Tourist Office.

8.00 PMSt. Brendan’s Church Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann in concert with Seán Ó Sé, the Gavin Family (Frankie, Noreen and Seán)


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Saturday 10 September 2016

11.00 AM - Bantry Bay Hotel (function room) – Francis O' Neill: A Perspective from 2016. Lecture by Nicholas Carolan on the life and achievements of Captain Francis O’Neill.

1.30 PM Junior competition for the recital of selections from O’Neill’s publications, in various locations in Bantry Town including SuperValu and The Tourist Office and outdoors, weather permitting.

2.00 PM – Music Session with special guest John Kelly and friends @ The Boston Bar.

3.30 PMBantry Bay Hotel (function room)– an afternoon of singing with an emphasis on songs relating to 1916. Bean a’ tí: Máire Ní Chéileachair. Guest singers include Mícheál O’ Shea and members of West Limerick Singing Club, Dick Beamish and Michael Marrinan.


Mícheál O’ Shea of the West Limerick Singing Club. Mícheál has attended every one of the Chief O'Neill Festivals to date.

4.00 PM -5.30 PM: Tunes Among the Teacups.
Afternoon Session: Upstairs @ Organico Café, Glengarriff Road where winners of junior competition announced.

8.00 PM - Bantry Bay Hotel - ‘The Lios Buí Lass’; Seán Ó Muinhneacháin led a tribute in music, song and verse to Mary (De Búrca) Cahalane, late of Courtmacsherry and Cill na Marta.

9:30 PM - Bantry Bay Hotel - Singing session with Michael Marrinan and guests including Maire Ní Chéileachair and the West Limerick Singing Club.

9.30 PM - Session Trail, in various pubs/hotels in Bantry town. Musicians include: John Dwyer, Richie Dwyer, John Kelly, Oisín Morrison, Aidan Connolly, James Duggan, Graham Guerin, Cailín O’ Shea, Michelle Foy, John Connolly, Mary Crowley, Eibhlís O’ Sullivan, Richie Tisdall and Geraldine O’ Callaghan. Bookmark our web site for updates.

The session trail also incorporates the senior competition for the recital of selections from O’Neills publications. Competition winners announced at The Boston Bar @ 11.30 PM


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Sunday 11 September 2016

Annual Pattern Day

1.50 PM Performance of “Chief O'Neill's Favourite.” All musicians welcome to join in this musical tribute at Tralibane Bridge.

2.00 PM Walking Tour (2 miles approx.) with local historian Timmy McCarthy, from Tralibane Bridge to The O'Neill Monument, via O'Neill's birthplace.

2.30 PM Music and Dancing at O'Neill Monument in Tralibane.

5.00 PM Closing Session – In The Quays, Bantry with Anne and Nicky Mc Auliffe, Eibhlín de Paor and Connie O’Connell. All musicians welcome.

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