House Show back in Siamsa Tire
It has been described as one of the best
Irish Rambling House Shows yet and it was certainly up there
with the best. Our thanks to all twenty two entertainers who
took to the stage at Siamsa Tire in Tralee on Sunday night
Our musicians were…
On Banjo - Owen Turner Cork
On Mouth Organ/Bodhrán - Limerick’s Pat Curtin.
We had four members of the Breen family from Kilflynn…
Conor on Accordion - Thomas on the Box drum. - Darragh on Guitar
and Sarah on Fiddle.
From the general Lyreacrompane area we had…
Katie Galvin on Fiddle and Sarah Murphy on Concert flute
and from Tipperary faraway - Caroline Glennon on tin whistle
From the Nolan School of Dancing we have Orielle O’Donnell from
Limerick, Michael and Sadie Duffy from our own parish of Duagh/Lyre
Kate and her Sean Nos Dancers from Lixnaw
Margaret Madigan from Limerick organizing the half-set and barn
Our storytellers were Noel Joyce from Tipperary and Mike
Shinnors from Limerick and they sent everyone home in stitches.
We had the man who can’t stop singing - Cork’s own Willie
And talking about Cork, two of our special guests were from that
lovely county - Sean O Se, eighty six years young and Elle Marie
O’Dwyer. Our other special guest come from the even more lovely
Kingdom of Kerry - Bryan Murphy.
Our thanks to the management and staff of Siamsa Theatre for
looking after us and being so welcoming and friendly and a big
thank you as well to Billy Donegan and Radio Kerry for asking us
to be part of their Concert series – and to Billy who did such a
great job on sound all night.
And to the people who gave us a reason to be there – the
audience. The crowd enjoyed two hours and forty-five minutes of
might Irish traditional music, song, dance and the humour of the
storyteller who, once again, confirmed our slogan that ‘If
laughter is the best medicine then an Irish Rambling House Show
is the prescription’.
Kay and Joe.
This short clip is from Radio Kerry’s Facebook page…
Musicians at rehearsal...
A chance to hear and see an Irish Rambling House Show
during the Pandemic!!!
Rambling House Celebrating Radio Kerry's 30th Anniversary
Recorded at Siamsa Tíre Tralee in 2018 and released in 2020 to celebrate
thirty years of
broadcasting. Due to Covid 19 Radio
Kerry along with the Irish Rambling House
were unable to stage a live show in 2020.
See Order Form or call 00 353 (0) 87
Keep safe everyone.
Hi to all fans of the Irish Rambling House
Show here in Ireland and especially our exiles. Hope you are all
and keeping safe in the face of this pandemic. Not sure how long
it will be 'till Kay O'Leary will, again, be calling on
you to "Pull up your sugán chairs my friends".
Our Show planned for Killorglin in
co-operation with Radio Kerry at the end of April can obviously
not go ahead. We will miss meeting up with you all for a while.
In the meantime you can dust down
that old Irish Rambling House DVD and watch it again - just for
old time sake.
Also, Joe Harrington continues to broadcast his internet radio
programme, Joe's Country Kingdom
on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 to 11pm Irish time. Tune in to hear
Country and Irish music - and a bit of
chat. It's on Irish Country Music Radio and it's a way to keep
in touch. Keep safe.
The Irish Rambling House group organised by Lyreacrompane
natives Joe Harrington and Kay O’Leary
performed at Siamsa Tíre on December 4, 2019. The sold out show
was the groups’ final one
for 2019 having just returned from their twenty second tour of
Paddy Commane Co. Clare, Kevin Willis Mallow, Katie Galvin
Elle Marie O’Dwyer Freemount, Geraldine and Aoife Murphy
Lyreacrompane, Seán O’Sé Cork,
Triona Ní Shúilleabháin Ballyferriter, Caoimhe Lyons
Lyreacrompane and Caoimhe Laide Listowel.
Billy Donegan Causeway, Kay O’Leary and Joe Harrington
Chrissie Roche Newcastle West Co. Limerick and Tony O’Brien
Bryan Murphy Causeway, Máirtín O’Cathasaigh Dingle, Neilus
Mackessey Listowel, TJ Willis Mallow,
Darren Roche Newcastle West. Missing from the picture Helen
Schisas and Michael O’Sullivan.
Irish Rambling House Show
organisers Joe Harrington and Kay O'Leary make a presentation
to John Fitzgerald, Minstrel Music, in recognition for all his
help in promoting the Show in Birmingham
over the years. John is retiring at the end of the year and the
Irish Rambling House Show was the
last at the Birmingham Irish Centre which is due to be
demolished early in the new year.
John Fitzgerald addressing
the Irish Rambling House Show audience.
Meeting up with old friends
It was Máirtín
O'Cathasaigh's birthday in Camden
Another Mighty Irish Rambling House Show
This time at the Killarney Racecourse
Auditorium - Thanks to everyone involved...
Great crowd... Great entertainment... Great atmosphere...
In the article the reporter
mistakenly refers to the Irish Rambling House as the "Irish
Tour 2018 - Our thanks to everyone who came
along to our Shows in England.
Looking forward already to going back to entertain
the exiles next year.
See photos from 2018
Our Show in Siamsa
hosted by Radio Kerry on December 12, 2018
was a sell-out!!!
Well done to everyone
The Songs of Joe Harrington
These songs were written over a twenty year period by Joe
Harrington, a native of Lyreacrompane. They are sung by
various singers. Joe has been a community activist in both
Kerry and Limerick. He served as a Councillor for many
years and as Mayor of Limerick City. He is Chairperson of the
Dan Paddy Andy Festival since it began in 1998 and,
along with Kay O’Leary, takes the
Irish Rambling House Show
each year, to entertain the exiles.
Broadcasting is Joe’s other passion. While working in Limerick
he presented music programmes on Limerick radio
stations and he now has a programme two nights a week on
internet radio called
‘Joe’s Country Kingdom’ on
Eight of the
singers on the album have been to England with the Irish
Rambling House Shows.
Proceeds from this album go to the building fund for the Stacks
Mountains Heritage House, Lyreacrompane. This is a
project aimed as renovating an old schoolhouse as a Heritage
House which will highlight the Heritage and Culture of the
area and as a space which will play an important part in
lessening social isolation in this very rural part of Ireland.
For more info on the project go to
and click on Heritage.
The album costs 13 Euro
or 13 Sterling which includes post and packaging and can be
ordered from Joe Harrington, Lyreacrompane, Listowel, Co Kerry
and cheques should be made out to Lyreacrompane Heritage Group.
Joe's mobile number is 00 353 (0) 87 285 3570. E-mail
Click on the half-door above to hear Doris Shire sing
Irish Rambling House Song which was written by Kay O'Leary.
For an account of how the Irish Rambling House began
Irish Rambling House Tour 2018
Cousins and friends meet up
Taking a break at Obama's on the way home
Joe Harrington of the Irish
Rambling House makes a presentation to Patrick O'Connell OBE (on
in appreciation of his invaluable support for the Irish Rambling
House over the years.
On the right some of the ramblers on a walk-about in Chester.
Kay O'Leary of the Irish Rambling
House introducing one of the shows and, on the right Danny Tim
a great supporter of the Irish Rambling House jumps on stage in
Camden to give a bar of a song.
Cian Cronin takes to the floor and on the right the O'Shea's of
Tralee Irish Rambling House coach
outside the Manchester Britannia Airport Hotel
Joe Harrington meets with Jim
Carway from Diverse Radio and on the right Bryan Murphy leads
Caoimhe Lyons does the brush Dance
A fine turnout for the Irish
Rambling House Show at the London Irish Centre, Camden 2018
Irish Rambling House at Siamsa Tire, Tralee,
Great Irish Rambling House Show at Siamsa Tire last night. Twenty
mighty entertainers and two great guests (Sean O'Sé and Annmarie
O'Riordan). Packed venue and a great atmosphere. Thanks to the lovely
staff at the venue and to Radio Kerry for asking us to put on the
Show. The following were those on stage and where would you get a
nicer and more talented group of people?....
Doris Shire The Mungret Nightengale Pat McCarthy Duagh and
Dublin Young Bob Casey
Peter Casey Co Clare Chrissie Roche Castlemahon
Paddy Commane Co. Clare Noel Joyce Tipperary
Stephen O’Leary Kilcummin Accordion Sean Kelleher
Fossa Banjo and Guitar Padraig Enright Flute player Lixnaw
Sarah O’Keeffe Brosna Concertina and dance Maurice
O’Keeffe Brosna Fiddle and Dance
Pat Curtin Shannagolden Mouth organ Joe Creedon Co Cork
Mouth Organ and singer
Triona Ni Shúilleabháin Ballyferritor Dancer Michael
O'Sullivan Dance Caoimhe Lyons Lyreacrompane Sean Nos
Margaret Madigan Co Limerick Two hand Dances
Darragh O’Donnell Co Limerick Bodhran and Dancer
Bean a Ti Angelina O’Donnell Bean a Ti Co Limerick
Rambled in - Annmarie O’Riordan and Sean O’Se.
Sound – Billy Donegan
Managed and produced by Kay O’Leary
and Joe Harrington Lyreacrompane
2017 Irish Rambling House Tour
Our sincere thanks to all who helped make our 2017 visit to
entertain the exiles such a success. It was great to meet up again with
old friends, especially in Cheetham Hill, Manchester where we hadn't
been for a decade. Our entertainers were mighty in what was an all new
show. Their ages ranged from 11 to 80. This was our 19th trip and we
look forward to meeting up with you all again for our 20th next year.
What a lovely surprise we got when we arrived in the Birmingham Irish
Centre. We were approached by members of the 32 County Association which
had just decided to wind up the group and who had decided to present us
with a cheque for £300 - the funds remaining in their bank account.
Maurice Long hopped on stage to present the cheque to Kay O'Leary,
Manager of the Irish Rambling House show. This was a fantastic gesture
from one non-profit community group to another non-profit group. We also
take it as an appreciation of the work we do to bring our particular
show to the heart of the Irish communities up and down England.
In the photo above are Eddie Falahee, Maurice Long, Peggy Falahee, Kay
O'Leary, Joe Harrington and Jim Tomlinson. 32 County Association members
missing from the photo are Paula Turner, Michael Tomlinson and Willie
The gang's all here. The Irish
Rambling House Group 2017 (Vince
Shuel Irish World)
Photos from the 2017 trip
Taking in Manchester, Birmingham, Harrow and Luton
(Our thanks to
Vince Shuel, Irish
World, for some of the following photos)
Meeting the cousins
Get Well Danny Tim
Best wishes for a
quick recovery to Danny 'Tim' O'Sullivan, a true friend and supporter of
the Irish Rambling House Show. A former Dublin and London Kerry Person
of the Year, Danny is respected at home and among the exiles in England
for his support for worthy causes and for all things Irish. All at the
Irish Rambling House are thinking of you, Sheila and your family.
2016 Irish Rambling House Tour
On the Ferry
Part of the full house at the Birmingham Irish Centre
Irish Rambling House 2015 Tour Photos
Rehearsals on the ferry
Helen and Mike having breakfast on the ferry
More rehearsals on the ferry
Mike Mangan and Helen Schisas on raffle duty
Ready for a nap on the coach
Tom McGinty meets up with some cousins from Mayo
Helen, Mike and Liam Óg
Maurice and Sarah meet up with their Granduncle and Grandaunt
Mary O'Sullivan Enright, Lyre and B'ham, and friends chatting with Kay
Kay with Liam Óg Waiting in the lobby
Mike with some Roses!
Maurice and Sarah O'Keeffe to the fore
Kevin O'Neill, Jenny Murphy, Seamus Harnett, Maurice O'Keeffe,
Tom McGinty, Sarah O'Keeffe and Darragh O'Donnell.
The best of Music from the Irish Rambling House
Angeline O'Donnell giving out and Seamus Harnett whistling his tune
Joe met up with Willie and Patrick from
Paddy Commane and Pat McCarthy on stage
Margaret Madigan and Darragh O'Donnell step it out
Irish Country Music Radio presenters Joe and Helen meet up with
listeners to the station, Robin and Rosemary from Stevenage.
Doris Shire and Chrissie Roche
Paddy Joe from Mayo
Aleena from London meets her grandaunt
Don't know who owns the Hummer
Part of the full house at Dollis
Connecting up with Lyreacrompane exiles
Kay O'Leary, Danny and Sheila O'Sullivan and Joe Harrington
Met up with Lucia Butler from the Irish World
Mother and son
Happily our driver Tom stayed awake!
Foilmore Sat 17 October 2015
Some members of the 2015 crew
Eileen and Caití O'Sullivan with Áine and Niamh O'Connor
Joe Harrington and Billy Donegan with from left Mary O'Neill McDonell,
John O'Shea, Arena O'Sullivan, Eugene O'Sullivan, Catherine Clifford,
Christy McDonnell, Eileen O'Shea, Mary O'Shea and Ger O'Shea.
Being Fed and
Kay getting the show underway
Marie Clifford Foilmore and Kathleen O'Connell Ballinskelligs
On DVD sales duty
Sinéad Behan and Caoimhe Lyons from Lyreacrompane
Irish Rambling House Supporter
gets well deserved award
Some photos from the Kerry Association function in Dublin last Saturday at
which a great friend of the Irish Rambling House, Danny O'Sullivan, received
the honour of Kerryman of the Year.
A mighty event and a well deserved award.
The Irish Rambling House
2014 Tour Photos
Birmingham Irish Centre,
London Irish Centre Camden,
Harrow Salvatorian College Hall and the
Derby Irish Centre
The Irish Rambling House 2014 Tour group
pictured at the
Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood in London
Click here for more photos from the
We get a lot of good feedback about our tours but
Robin and Rosemary put pen to paper...
Hello Joe and Kay
It was a pleasure to be the Irish Rambling House Show at Harrow on
We are sure everyone there couldn’t but have enjoyed the excellent
music, songs, dances and of course the stories. A few new faces in
the group but still with many of the regular ones we have watched
in the four years we have been coming along to these wonderful
shows... A sincere thanks to you both and to all involved in
organising the annual trip to the UK. Also to the performers who
continue to provide the excellent entertainment not only for the
‘Irish Exiles’ but for all of us who have a love of things Irish.
Regards Robin and Rosemary
Stevenage, England 5/11/2014
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from the 2013 Tour
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photos from the 2012 Tour
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Kay O'Leary and Joe Harrington make a presentation to
Danny O'Sullivan in appreciation of his continued support for
the Irish Rambling House Shows
Joe's Country Kingdom
Programmes of Irish Country and Irish
music on internet radio on your computer
Click on the following link to listen to
Joe's Country Kingdom with
Irish Rambling House's Joe Harrington broadcast live from Lyreacrompane on
9 to 11pm and Saturdays, to 11pm on internet radio.
Photos from Irish Rambling House Shows
Some of the
Irish Rambling House entertainers
from the Listowel Show in 2012
Latest Rambling House DVD
The Craic in Camden with
Irish Rambling House
This DVD was recorded in the London Irish Centre
Camden. It features the usual mix of great traditional music, songs and
stories. The entertainers get better with age and some of our new
talent adds greatly to an already successful mix.
To find out about our other DVDs and to order them please
Supporting The Fireside Charity
Mr. Eddie Falahee presents a cheque for €500 to Sr. Sabina & Friend
on behalf of the Irish Rambling House following their 2008 tour.
Photo by Vince Thompson Irish World
Maids of Erin
The Maids of Erin with Donncha O'Duailing
outside the Crown in Cricklewood
after their sponsored walk and prior to
their mighty concert in the Crown
Moran Hotel in 2007 to raise funds for
the new Cricklewood Homeless
Maids of Erin CD
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