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The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend Festival

July 29, 2022 - August 1, 2022

The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend Festival is returning in 2022 after a two year break owing to Covid 19.

Sean was born in Listowel on July 5th 1923. He was one of a family of ten children. He attended Listowel Primary School, where his teacher for a time was Dr. Bryan McMahon, who once said of Sean that “he was always a special person, I’ll even go so far as to say he was unique.”

Among his best known songs are “Shanagolden”, “Red Haired Mary”, “Highland Paddy”, “Murphy’s Volunteers”,, “Step it out Mary”, “Mountain Tae, (Hills of Connemara) and “In Shame Love, In shame”.

Over the years Sean entertained and delighted thousands of listeners to “Sunday Miscellany” adn “Thought for the Day” on RTE Radio.

His songs are available at the Seanchai – Kerry Literacy & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel, Tel: 068 22212

He played a major role in promoting “The Rambling House” on Radio Kerry, which is now continued at Sheahan’s Thatched House, Finuge over the winter months.

The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend provides a fitting tribute to an individual who will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.

Aonghus McAnally in Concert An Evening of Music and Stories Friday night 29th July @ 8pm in Teach Siamsa – Admission €15 – An entertaining journey through his musical career, including his much requested tribute to the songs of Christie Hennessey 

Childrens Art Saturday 30th July @ 11.30am to 1.00pm

Final of the Ballad Competition Sunday Night 31st July @ 8pm

Storytelling Competition Sunday Night @ 8pm and the final on Monday afternoon 1st August  @ 3.30pm  taking place in the Rambling House. 

This year we are also having a youth Storytelling Competition up to the age of 18 years followed by the adults 




July 29, 2022
August 1, 2022
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Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend
068 40203
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Teach Siamsa
Listowel, Co. Kerry Ireland
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068 40203
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