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Sean McCarthy

Photo by: Brendan Landy


We would like to thank all the Sponsors & Patrons of the Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend Festival and, of course, to all contestants and supporters who attended the all the events over the weekend, you are what makes the Festival a success year after year and we certainly needed cheering up after the last few years, it was great to see everybody back enjoying themselves again, and long may you continue to support our wonderful Festival in the future.


Now no one loses at these events but there does have to be a winner and so for the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition

1st Place John Kinsella from Listowel with his Ballad "Goodbye to the Maharees"

2nd Place Colin Urwin from Antrim with his Ballad "The Lighthouse Keeper"

3rd Place Noelle O Sullivan from Lixnaw with her Ballad ""Beautiful Listowel"


The Mick McCarthy Storytelling Competition 

1st Place Sonny Egan from Lixnaw with his story "Copying with Technology Through The Years"

2nd Place Domnic Bennett from Antrim with his story "Welcome To The Pilgrimage Hotel"

Joint 3rd Place is Diarmuid Cronin from Cork with his story "A Quare Wake" & James Fogarty from Moyvane with his story "Coco Fiend"







Childrens Art Saturday 30th July @ 11.30am to 1.00pm in the Tatched House Finuge

Final of the Ballad Competition Saturday Night 30th July @ 8pm in Teach Siamsa Finuge

The Final of the Mick McCarthy Storytelling Competition Juveniles & adults Sunday Night 31st July @ 8pm in Teach Siamsa 


List Of Finalists for the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition


  1. Alan Whittle, 4 Binghans Rd, Crossways, England Song Title: A Long Game Moira

  2. Ger Kirrane,134 knockmore, Arklow, Co. Wicklow Song Title: I'll Always be Around

  3. Sean McGrath,Ballydotia,Moycullen,Galway Song Title: Wings of a Dove

  4. John Kinsella, 6 Hollytree Drive, Listowel Song Title: Goodbye to theMaharee's

  5. Sony Egan Song Titlee: Irelands Hardships and Spirits

  6. Vincent Pierse Song Title: The Road around Lough Ree

  7. Colin Brady Urwin, 127 Munie rd, Glenarm, Ballymena, Co. Antrim Song Title: The Lighthouse Keeper

  8. Noelle O Sullivan, Ballyhorgan, Lixnaw Song Title: Beautiful Listowel

  9. Joe Harrington,Lyrecrompane, Listowel Song Title: The White Boys Singer: Tony O Brien

  10. Frank Greally Song Title: The Last one in your Line


List of Finalists for the Mick McCarthy Storytelling Competition


Adult Category


Name                                                          Story Title                                    

1. Tom Moore, Moyvane                             The Taylor

2. Dominic Bennett, Co. Antrim                  Welcome to the Pilgrimage Hotel

3. Terri Ryan, Mitchelstown                        The Loudspeaker

4. Sonnt Eagan, Lixnaw                             Coping with Technology Though the years

5. Brendan O Sullivan, Ovens                    The Gravedigger

6. James Fogarty, Moyvane                       Coco Fiend

7. Frances Kennedy, Listowel                    Old People

8. John Carew, Bruff                                  Shattered Tranquillity

9. Colin Urwin, Co. Antrim                         Oisin in Tir Na nÓg

10. Danny Larkin, Ballybunion                   The Small Window (By Eamon Kelly)

11. Diarmuid Cronin, Cork                           A Quare Wake


Juvenile Category


Name                                                         Story Title

Kate Linehan, Brosna                                        Foothball Mad.

Thanh Creed, Ballylongford                              The Earl of Banemore (by Eamon Kelly)

J J Liston, Lixnaw                                              Minding The House

Darragh Fitzgerald, Newcastlewest                  The Railway Line at Ardagh




A big THANK YOU to the sponsors, Patrons and all those who advertised in our programme and to all those who attended our events over the weekend!




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