Killoe in the Capital

Report from Longford-Dublin Association

The splash of Green and White in and around the Irish House Party pub in Dublin’s Francis street on a recent Friday evening quickly gave the game away: Killoe GAA club members were in town, primarily to announce the local Gathering they’ve planned, and of course they were also welcomed on the back their great success last year.

They were hosted by new proprietors, Declan Quinn and Gerry Nolan, of the newly decorated establishment, situated opposite the old Tivoli theatre in the heart of the old Liberties. Tasty, hot food was laid on and the real pint drinkers gave the pint of Guinness served up by the chatty bar staff high praise indeed.

After everyone had settled, the Irish House Party band – made up of Declan Quinn (flute), Eugene Quinn (banjo), Gerry Nolan (guitar and vocals), Fergus Chambers (uileann pipes) and Aideen Martin (harp) – took to the stage and put on a show which would hardly be equalled on any international stage; the audience was well and truly responded accordingly.

Gerry Quinn brought the house down with a great version of his own song “Come On Killoe”, specially written by Gerry to mark its 2012 success.

The new Killoe chairman, Jimmy Halpin, in the course of the evening promised, to an enthusiastic round of applause that they’d do their utmost to hang on to the Connolly Cup in 2013!

Jimmy was accompanied by his wife Geraldine and also present were Longford Rose Emily Hughes, Councillor Victor Kiernan, the Brady and Glennon families, outgoing Killoe chairman Frank Kiernan and his wife Dolores, Dan Keogh, Tom Quinn, James Mc Goldrick, Jimmy and Patricia Hannify, John Gillan, John & Gillian Devaney and other members of the Devaney family including Frances, aul (who flew in from Germany), Colm and Liam Devaney, Paul Gray, Padraic Connolly, Mel Farrell (son of former Longford Association chairman, the late Mel) and many other friends of both Killoe and the Longford Association.

Click Here for details and photographs from the night on the Killoe Gathering facebook page.