Amongst our most loyal of fans, Paul Ennis will without doubt spend today and much of this week with his eyes and his heart acutely tuned in to Leopardstown and Kempton Park as he watches some of the best national hunt racing of the year.
I have had a love of horse racing since my teens, taken from my dad. But, I am a small punter. Each time my dad brought me racing he would say ‘half a crown is a bet son, a pound is gambling’. My late mother-in-law, of whom I was so fond, always asked me when I arrived in Letterkenny, ‘how are the horses running’. I once replied, ‘well, since I bought one of those wide screen television sets, they are running much better – more space for them to catch up on the screen’. I can still hear her laughing.
Paul was given this superb caricature as a present:
I was given a present (for my 70th) of the attached caricature and of course, it had to include Kinnegar – in memory of my late mother-in-law, who spent happy times in Rathmullen. And, because it is a terrific brew.
Belated happy birthday, Paul. Happy Christmas, and all the very best for a wonderful New Year. Thanks for your support and best of luck with the gee-gees this week!
How many places in Ireland can claim they’ve staged a Hillfolk Noir concert? Very few! Teenchy-weenchy little Rathmullan had the honour of hosting this wonderfully eclectic trio from the States during SeaFest 2012. The concert was memorable; the session in the White Harte afterwards was mythical.
Kinnegar is thrilled to rekindle Rathmullan’s unique association with a band whose music has been described by legendary BBC presenter “Whispering” Bob Harris as “amazing”. Together with Earagail Arts Festival we’re bringing Hilfolk Noir back to the shores of Lough Swilly where they will play in the tent at the Taproom on Wednesday 15 July.
Visit Hillfolk Noir’s website to hear them playing what has been described as music “filtered through a country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues-ragtime word machine”. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise.
Tickets cost €10 and the gig starts at 8pm.
With the dust settling on a frantically busy Easter period, we’re rubbing our eyes and trying to readjust our focus to the future. Some deity in the sky was definitely smiling on Ireland for the holiday period! The magnolia blossoms smiling on Kemal’s new pizza oven are wondering just what has hit them now that normal weather services have resumed.
Having limbered up for the season, the Taproom will be open for the coming period as follows:
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April, 5–9pm
Saturday 25 April, 5–9pm, followed by our Taproom Concert with Pearse McGloughlin and John Muldowney
May Bank Holiday weekend:
Friday 1 May, 5–9pm
Saturday / Sunday / Monday 1–9pm
These days there are so many beer events on the festival landscape that it’s hard to keep track of them, let alone attend them. One of the longest standing and most revered celebrations of craft beer in the country is the Easter Festival at Corks’s Franciscan Well, right smack bang in the middle of the city.
Even though we were tied up in Donegal, Kinnegar got a great spin out in Cork thanks to Mark Cadden and Phil Tavey from our distributers, Grand Cru. Mark knows the birthplace of the product he represents better than most: his grand aunt was one of Rathmullan’s much loved grand dames, Dympna Maguire, while his parents, Eugene and Eileen, retired to Rathmullan a couple of years ago and now enjoy life in our own community.
Mark and Phil get top Kinnegar marks for their splendid point of sale display at the Franciscan Well. And good news for his legion of fans — the White Rabbit will be back on the landscape for a lengthy summer spell.