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Fri 15th February - Sun 17th February 2019

Remembering the songs of Jimmy Kennedy & stories of Packie Manus Byrne


Jimmy Kennedy’s mother Anna Baskin was an Ardara lady. Born and bred here, she married the local constable Joseph Kennedy in the church of Ireland in 1901. Subsequently, her husband was transferred to Omagh, where Jimmy Kennedy was born in 1902.

Jimmy was a world famous composer of music and one of the most successful songwriters of all time. He had more hits in the USA than anyone until Lennon and McCartney. His hits included ‘South of the Border‘, ‘Red Sail in the Sunset‘, ‘Isle of Capri‘, ‘The Prayer‘ and ‘The Hokey Pokey’.

We will also celebrate the great poet, storyteller and general character Packie Manus Byrne. He would be celebrating his 102nd birthday on the 18th but sadly he passed away a few years ago and as a community we want to keep his memory alive.


A wonderful Song Contest for amateur composers with 1st Prize of €1000

Friday 15th – Open Session of Music & Storytelling

Saturday 16th – The Jimmy Kennedy Concert at 8.00pm and the Stories & Recitations of Packie Manus Byrne at 10.00pm

Sunday 17th – The Song Contest at 3.00pm with €1000 for the winner


More details to follow.


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