A music and heritage evening in Raharney

Third place, Raharney.

An evening of music and heritage will take place at The Third Place, Raharney (next to St Brigid’s Church) on 20 July at 7pm, with guest singer Róisín Gaffney, artist Geraldine O’Reilly and historian local Aindrias O Duinn.

Roisin Gaffney will sing a song she composed ‘The Hill of Knockshebane’, based on an agrarian crime that occurred near Killucan on April 15, 1868, when Lord Howard Fetherstonhaugh, a local landowner, was shot dead.

On the day of his murder he was picked up at 9 p.m. from Killucan station by his coachman William Fulham and in the darkness of an April evening as he began the ascent at Knockshebane, a number of shots mortally wounded him.

Five men were arrested but no one was charged. Roisin’s father, Ned Gaffney (Ballyhaw, Killucan) loved song and history and she dedicates his song to his memory.

Geraldine O’Reilly, an accomplished Irish painter, draftsman and printmaker, is from Thomastown, Killucan, and is a member of Aosdána (Irish Artists Association).

Aindrias O Duinn created the ‘Raharney Rathwire History of Killucan‘ Facebook page last April, and he tries to fan the flames of historic enthusiasm.

The site now has nearly 250 members and Aindrias (a native of Killucan) expects more support from local people and community groups who are acquiring historical records with photos and stories from their past.

For more information on the evening and to reserve a place, contact Ann Maher on 087 9308405.

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