We send our best wishes and congratulations to renowned musician Peter Carberry number one Derrahawn and formerly of the Hollow Kenagh, who was guest of honour at a function organised by Piobari Uileann at their head quarters in Dublin last Saturday night. Peter was honoured for his lifetime of piping and his deep interest in traditional music. The event was known as the Rowsome weekend or a learning weekend which featured a special performance by the Rowsome quartet, grandchildren of the famous Leo Rowsome. Peter was greatly influenced by the music of Leo Rowsome from very early in his lifetime. The ceremony honouring Peter took the form of a “this is your life” where he was presented with a book depicting his life story of music. It contained many photos of his world tours along with letters , newspapers cuttings and other items collected during his lifetime. He travelled to England , United States , Lybia and Portugal where he accompanied president Mary Robinson. His lifelong friend and admirer Jerry O’Sullivan gave a lecture on the life and music contribution of Peter. Jerry O’Sullivan is a very well known piper on both sides of the Atlantic. Peter was honoured with patronship of Piobari Uilleann. The Wexford piping quartet also gave a recital in his honour. Peter who is eighty seven years old has been playing the pipes from his teen years ,is now regarded as one of the top pipers in Ireland. In his early years he played with the “Rising of the Moon” Ceili band which also included his brother Kevin, Larry Kelly Mick McGann (the Hill) and John Egan. He played the Piccolo also with the band. Peter was accompanied on the night by his wife and family. His son Noel played the pipes during the ceremony as also did his grandchildren Deirdre and Kevin on harp and pipes also his nephew PP on the accordion. His daughter Kitty who is a renowned step dancer and teacher informed us that it was a most memorable night and was attended by over two hundred people from the music world. Peter retired off bord na mona where he was an employee for forty three years. We congratulate him on this great honour and wish him many more years playing the pipes and listening to his beloved ceili music.
Kenagh GAA Club will be holding their annual social and presentation in the El Paso on Saturday night march 5th. Tickets are now on sale at fifteen euro each from committee members and are limited. Early booking is advised. Music by the dance kings.
There will be a table quiz in the El Paso on Friday night march 11th at 9pm sharp. Proceeds in aid of Kenagh tidy towns association .Work will soon begin on the tidy towns effort for 2011 and funds will be needed. Tables of four twenty euros with raffle and supper served .Clubs and associations in the locality are invited to sponsor a table. More next week.
Preparations are well underway for the forthcoming ploughing championships for 2011 which will be held in Lismacaffrey on Sunday April 10th. There will be a full supporting programme wih loy-digging , vintage tractors and cars and a display of agricultural machinery.
St Dominic’s Community Centre was a hive of activity last Saturday where the count for the constituency of Longford Westmeath took place. The count went on from early Saturday morning to the early hours of Sunday morning when the job was completed and the four lucky candidates declared winners. The whole affair was very orderly and well conducted both inside and outside. Over sixty staff took part in the count. All the media at national and local level was present for the entire operation. Car parking was very good in the capable hands of Kenagh GAA club members, they did a fine job which was much admired by the visiting dignatories. We congratulate all those who were lucky enough to be elected.
Congratulations to Karen McLoughery Kenagh who celebrated her twenty first birthday with a party in the El Paso last Saturday night.
Numbers drawn last Sunday night were 2,13, 18, 23. No match three winner. The following names were drawn Derek Callopy Kenagh; Seamus Nugent c/o Father Barden; John Mulligan, Ballinacargy and Michael Galvin Athlone all get twenty euro each.