West Tipperary The New Home Of Irish Music

By Paddy Coen

By Paddy Coen

The clock strikes six in a small country pub hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding towns of Tipperary,Thurles and Cashel. Welcome to Daverns in Rossmore, West Tipp!

One by one young and old musicians from all over the country filter through the door with smiles on their faces and instruments in hand. They are here for the monthly traditional music session where they meet new friends and share tunes and tell tales of the weeks gone by.

Together through the recording of a music session a CD was produced. The proceeds of this CD, which raised a thousand Euro, is being presented to the Laura Lynn foundation. This foundation helps and cares for the needs of terminally ill children in Irelands first children’s Hospice. There is no state funding so all donations and fundraising is vital.

The session in Rossmore is ongoing since 2008. It is thriving as new faces and new tunes emerge every night, not bad for a small rural pub. Everyone is welcome.

Tonight the music is lively to say the least as a crowd from Templederry are “raring to go” with flutes, concertinas and banjos blending well. Local band ‘Section 8’ from Thurles are in top form while the Mahers from Moyne are adding strongly to the session. Locals Danny Slattery (Whistles), Paudie Coen (flute),Kate Ryan (Guitar) and Jim Ryan on Banjo are enjoying the night. Tom Carew is playing various instruments and excelling on all, while Cleo Lenihan from Rearcross is an up and coming star. Popular singer Denis Troy from Moyne entertains while Richie and Jacinta Ryan from Bilboa have the fine crowd entertained with some beautiful ballads. Patrick Brown and his daughter Grace (Guitar and Whistle) and Mattie Forristall (Guitar) lead the crowd in some lovely songs and tunes. All Ireland winner TJ Heffernan (Fiddle) and the young Paul Ryan Larry (Guitar) blend lovley together in some fine reels and polkas.The session is in full swing..See you at the next one!