Ballyhoura Country Will Have You Singing & Dancing This Season!

There are plenty of reasons to love May. It's the start of summer, flowers are blooming, and we can finally enjoy the outdoors more. And on top of that, Ballyhoura Country communities offer an incredible variety of events full of music, dancing, heritage and much more.

Save The Date - Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh returns to KILFINANE on the June Bank Holiday Weekend - a weekend of Irish music, song, dance & craic!!

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You're in for a treat this weekend if you're near Mitchelstown! This Sunday is the inaugural Mitchelstown Vintage Tractor and Vintage Car Run 🚜. There are numerous prizes to be won for the best small tractor, best vintage car, best modern tractor etc. Meeting at the Old Mart Yard, George Street at 10am, returning to Saint George's Art's Heritage Centre for refreshments. Entry fee €20, all funds raised go towards the restoration works and running costs of the Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre.

Saint George’s Arts and Heritage Centre is a unique venue for theatrical, dramatic and musical activities including Irish song music and dance and they will host two more concerts this month -🎸Makem & Clancy on the 17th May and 🎼One Enchanted Evening with Lismore Choir & Guests on the 20th May. The night will feature light classics and pop favourites, showcasing the varied and energetic repertoire of the performers.


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Operating since 1997, Friars’ Gate Theatre is a vibrant venue and arts centre in the heart of Munster in Kilmallock. It is dedicated to promoting equality and inclusion in the community by giving all people a forum for expression. You can enjoy comedy stand-ups, movie streamings, theatre performances, and concerts as part of their programme. Shows include:

🎭Demented by Deirdre O'Kane | 12th May 🎸 Makem & Clancy | 20th May📽 Mojo Mickybo (18+) | 2nd June 🎸 Luka Bloom | 10th June📽 Sense and Sensibility | 22nd June🎭 Fred & Alice | 30th June


We are very much looking forward to the Kilmallock Library event on Tuesday, 16th May, when they will be hosting a roundtable discussion on The Inevitable Conflict - Essays on the Civil War in Limerick. There is a wonderful lineup of speakers, and the event will be chaired by Dr. Seán Gannon of the Local Studies Dept. All are welcome to attend. This is FREE event which starts at 7pm with refreshments beforehand.

Another great event for all 'history buffs' - Knocklong History Seminar - is taking place this Friday 12th, and Saturday 13th May, at the Knocklong Community Centre. On Friday, Gerry Shannon, author of “To Declare a Republic”, will speak about General Liam Lynch. On Saturday, the seminar 'Brother Against Brother?' An appraisal of the Civil War in six counties will outline the major events in Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Cork, Dublin and Waterford during the civil war. Saturday's session will be live-streamed on the Knocklong History Facebook page. Tune in, if you can't make it in person!

If you want to relive history via a drama performance, the WestEnd Drama Group is gearing up for an all-female play that will feature 14 local performers. A one-act play adapted by Eimear O Doherty based on the book Local Women of the Revolution by Angela Hennessy. It explores the true nature of the role of the Clancy sisters of Cush & their neighbours in the Irish Revolution. For bookings, contact 087 9717976.

It's an exciting time for Doon Social Farm with the official opening of their first community café this Friday, 12th of May, from 10am to 1pm. This will be the first of many Fridays where they will open their Farm Shop as a café. It will be on donation basis only, and all funds raised will go to support social farm activities. The farms shop will be well stocked with plenty of fresh organic eggs, salads, rainbow chard, and much more.

Meanwhile in Croom, they are busy preparing for a night of fun and excitement with Race Night on the 19th May! Take in the big-screen horse racing action with your friends and family. More info on Facebook page.