Monday, 4 March 2019

Altan In Killarney



 We set off for Killarney on Saturday morning.  We stopped at Casey's garage in Bantry and filled up the car with diesel and bought two steak pasties.  Then we stopped at the carpark opposite the ruins of Carriginass Castle and ate our pasties.  

Built in 1540.This was a former home of Dermot O'Sullivan.  He was a member of the O'Sullivan clan.  They owned a large part of West Cork land in those days. It was a very wet and windy Saturday.

We went to Killlarney Nec to The Gathering Festival.  We got tickets to see Altan.  They come from the same neck of the woods that Clannad come from: Gweedore in County Donegal.  They are a band who I have wanted to see for a while.  I have seen Clannad three times in Manchester.


The poster for the concert. 

 Altan in concert.
Altan and the Sliabh Luachra Band all performed together for the final song.  The first band didn't play until 9.30 and Altan came on at 10.55 and finished at 12.25.  It was a good night and great to see another legendary Irish band.  

Check out some of the great videos from the concert on You Tube.  Just type: Altan Killarney!  Here's an appropiate recorded track for the weather over the weekend.


14 comments:

  1. We lived in just outside Cork City in the 80s and went to Killarney several times. Impressive landscape.

    We miss the music, people, rugged land.

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  2. Thanks Susan. The Gathering is attended by Americans every year. Killarney is said to be the most visited town in Ireland. There is always something happening there. I like Kerry very much. Thanks!

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  3. She's got an amazing voice Philip. Especially when she sings in Irish. They are playing London this month. Well worth checking their website out. Thanks!

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  4. A steak pastie, old castle and an Irish band..perfect day/night out. I love that music.

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  5. Hi LA. It was a good day shopping, Indian takeaway and the night concert. The pastie is was good too. The rain and wind not so good. Thanks.

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  6. Lovely, Dave. I could listen to this music for evermore. Thanks for getting my feet tapping.

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  7. Thanks Valerie. I am glad you enjoyed Altan. They are very talented musicians.

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  8. Great band Dave. I would love to see them. I love her voice too. Thanks.

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  9. Thanks Rachel. They're playing the Irish Cultural Center on the 23rd of March me thinks? I would go if I lived there. Thanks.

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  10. The American spell checker changed centre to center!

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  11. I love all the historical places you see!

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  12. I am glad you like them Sol. Have you been watching the Secret Scotland programmes on Channel 5? You have lots of historical places too.

    Thanks!

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