Trad and songs in Drumlins

Trad and songs in Drumlins

New CD by Peter Kelly from Cloone. The above CD “Trad and songs in Drumlins” by Peter Kelly is available in Oliver O’Higgins shop Cloone for 10 euro and also in Multisound, Main St, Cavan. Proceeds from this compact disc are in aid of the Holy family special school in Cootehill where children with special needs are taught. The photograph of the Drumlins (hills) on the cover of the CD was taken at Teagasc Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan where Peter worked as Agri Development officer for many years. On this album Peter’s brother, Paddy Kelly plays the piano accordion and his late father, Tom Kelly RIP plays a lovely reel on the fiddle “The Humours of Ballyconnell”. Among Peter’s favourite tunes on the CD are reels - “The Aughacashel” composed by well known musician Josephine Keegan after a night playing music in Aughacashel Co Leitrim; “Lad O’Beirne’s” - attributed to James ‘Lad’ O’Beirne, a fiddler from the Killavil parish near Gurteen, Co Sligo and “the controversial” composed by Billy McComiskey an accordion player from new York USA, jigs “Jerry Holland’s” attributed to the Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland who died in 2009 and “Princess Nancy” composed by Liz Carroll, a fiddle player from Chicago USA. “Shoe the Donkey” is a mazurka and the Versuviana is danced to it as a two hand dance. Mazurkas originated in Poland. The album concludes with “Lord Inchiquinn (waltz) composed by Turlough O’Carolan the famous Irish harp player, born in Nobber Co Meath, spent much of his time around Mohill, Co Leitrim and is buried in Keadue , Co Roscommon. On the CD Peter plays jigs, reels, hornpipes a slip jig , a waltz, a mazurka and a slow air. He is joined by guest artists made up of musical relations and friends – Caitriona Cullivan, (keyboard accompaniment); James Quinn, (keyboard accompaniment); Mary Kelly, (whistle); Tom Kelly RIP, (fiddle); Peter Francis Kelly, (button accordion) ; Paddy Kelly, (piano accordion); Paddy Galligan, (flute); John Fox, (whistle) and Adrian Kelly, (whistle). Peter Kelly’s late grand uncle Fr Peter Conefrey PP Cloone had the first Ceili band on 2 Rn Radio (the forerunner of Radio Eireann) on St Patrick’s Day 1934. It was called the Cloone Ceili Band.

Active Age Christmas party

Our Christmas party held in the Standing Stone Hotel, Ballinamore on the 5th December was a resounding success with members from Aughavas/ Cloone joined by a party of 20 active age members from the Mohill branch. The big turnout ensured that a good atmosphere prevailed throughout the night. We were warmed up with some mulled wine followed by a triple choice of menus all of which were served hot and were enjoyed by all. Music on the night was provided by Frank Feery who kept up the momentum ‘til the very end. Guest artists included John Kelly, Dolores McIntyre, Maureen Heslin, Paddy Kelly and Michael Solon. The members of the Mohill group were represented by Joan Smullen who gave a fine rendering of I’ll take you home again Kathleen. Numerous spot prizes were on offer and thanks were expressed to those who donated prizes by our chairperson Mrs Irene Argue who also thanked the hotel management for a lovely meal and excellent service. She thanked Teresa Slevin and Marian Shanley who looked after the booking and travel arrangements and Frank Feery for his lively music. She finished by thanking everybody for coming and wished them all a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year.


Wednesday 18th December: Aughavas 7pm, Cloone 8.30pm. Three priests will be available for confessions.

Christmas Masses

Christmas eve: Rossan 6pm; Aughavas 8pm; Cloone 10pm. Christmas Day Cloone 10am; Aughavas 11.30am.


Thanks to all who contributed to last week’s St Vincent de Paul collection in Aughavas. Amount collected 690 euro.