Some 60 golfers took part in a cultural Golf Classic in Slievenamon Golf Club recently to help raise funds for the continuation of maintenance work at the Reen Viewing Point overlooking Glengoole, and for a family Music Day on top of the ancient Reen.
A Presentation Evening followed in Brennan’s hostelry in Glengoole where awards were presented to the prize-winning golfers.
The winning team from Ballysloe comprised of Eamon Dunne, Pat McBride and John McBride. Set dancers, singers, storytellers, musicians and even comedians from all over County Tipperary and adjoining counties will entertain at the eleventh annual Reen Family Music Day to which all are welcome, on the scenic Reen Viewing Point, on next Saturday, July 14th.
Local artistes in abundance will be joined by special guests from various parts of Ireland, including top international dancer, Anthony Fallon, the former world champion and former “Riverdance” lead dancer. Anthony is nephew of Anthony O’Dwyer, Killenaule, whose son, John (“Bubbles”) O’Dwyer is Captain of the Tipperary Under-21 hurling team currently enjoying great success. In the event of unfavourable weather the festivities will go on in the local Community Hall in Glengoole.
The event is being organised by the inimitable Mike Nolan, well known ballad singer and dedicated community activist and by many local volunteers and musicians. A marquee has been secured for the festival, courtesy publican, Kevin Webster, The Commons.
This festival invariably attracts trad Irish entertainment lovers from Tipp and Kilkenny in particular who have always been harmoniously united in music.
Later that night of July 14th there will be trad Irish craic galore in Brennans’ hostelry at the foot of the Reen in Glengoole, famous in song and story.
The scenic picnic area on top of the Reen commands fine views of a number of counties and is a perfect setting for an outdoor event if the weather is favourable.
Local volunteers have been working hard, helping to maintain the Reen Viewing Point.
Mike Nolan was delighted with the huge success of the annual Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club to raise funds for the continuation of maintenance work at the Reen Viewing Point and for the Family and Music Day at the Reen.
Mike Nolan said: Every year we are made welcome at Slievenamon Golf Club by Manager, Brendan Kenny, and owner, Margaret, and the Staff. It’s like a reunion of old friends from various parts of Ireland and this year, like most other years, the same players participated. We thank all who took take part, especially the Tipps from Dublin, who enjoyed renewing acquaintance with old friends”. Mike was speaking at a Reception in Brennans’ pub in Glengoole to announce the results of the Golf Classic. Subsequently Mike hosted a session in Brennans’ hostelry, featuring numerous artistes, including amazing harmonica player, singer and bongos player, Timmy Cleere, Denis Heffernan (guitar/vocals), Mary Cahill (accordion), Noel O’ Brien, (banjo/vocals), Joe Carroll (guitar/vocals), Cathy Waters (accordion, concert flute and vocals) Stephanie Cahill (tin/whistle), Billy Stapleton (accordion).
Anthony O’Dwyer’s team, which took second place in the Golf Tournament, comprised, Anthony O‘Dwyer, Michael Grimes, brother of former Limerick hurling star, Eamonn Grimes, and Conor Lynam (Dublin).
In third place was the team comprising Richard Kenny, John Kenny and Martin Cooney.
The team who came fourth comprised Paddy Morrissey, Tim Corbett and T J Leahy.
The Non Golf Union of Ireland Award went to - Michael Holohan, Keith Holohan and Micheal Holohan. The Mens’ Long Drive winner was Michael Grimes and the Ladies Long Drive winner was Lily Graydon. Nearest To Pin was Joe Clohessy, Littleton.
Ballad singer Mike Nolan, famous for his singing of “Rosslare Harbour“ and Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More“, is hoping for a huge crowd at the Reen next Saturday
Mike Nolan started the event for funds for the management of the Reen and maintenance of it and for the Reen Family Music Day.
As usual, The Master of Ceremonies for the Music Day will be History and Geography Professor and esteemed author, Willie Nolan, Mike’s brother. Mike Nolan added: “The Dublin contingent at the Golf Classic included, Patrick Raleigh and Liam O‘Donnell from Killenaule, who wrote the music for “The Hills Of Killenaule”, penned by the late Davy Cormack, who once won the Captain’s Prize at Thurles Golf Club.
“Members of the famous All-Irelands winning Sean Treacy Pipe Band from Moycarkey/Borris are expected to take part in the Reen festival also.” The band practices up on the Reen Viewing Point sometimes.
The Family Music Day will be officially opened on July 14th at the Reen by Mr John Fahy, MCC, who will also present a cheque on behalf of the Reen Family Music Day to Mandy Quigley of the Cystic Fibrosis Association.
“Indeed, both the Larry Wall Memorial Day and our Family Music Day have the common aim of keeping alive our Irish, music, song and dance, story and heritage in the Slieveardagh area”, said Mike Nolan.
And both groups who work in harmony, are doing quite a wonderful job which is a very exemplary form of patriotism, indeed, and much enjoyed by the heritage-conscious and trad Irish entertainment-loving people of storied Slieveardagh Region.
”We will have a host of musicians at the Reen Music Day this year from Dublin, Kilmanagh, County Kilkenny, Corofin, County Galway, and many parts of Tipperary”, said Mike Nolan.
Local musicians, Sinead Brennan O’Donoghue and Marie Brennan, will be joined by Aoife Power, niece of Enda O’Donoghue, and All-Ireland-winning entertainers from Corofin, Galway. We will have a shop on the Reen, run by Joe and Mary Pollard of Coalbrook. I also have a caravan called ‘The ‘Reen Mobile’ up there“.
Photo: Pictured at the Reen Festival Golf Classic night in Brennan’s of Glengoole, were (l to r): John McBride, Pat McBride, Pat Brophy, Eamon Dunne and Mike Nolan. Photo: Brid Ryan