This time of the year is normally really quiet in the peaceful village of Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry Road situated between Waterville and Sneem. There are two pubs in the village Freddie’s and The Blind Piper.  Freddie’s also houses the local shop.  Last weekend however it was a humming place as the annual music/story telling/poetry reading festival was taking place. The village and indeed both pubs were full of well-behaved young people having a splendid time and being very well entertained.

About 5 years ago a friend to all of our family Emmet Condon from Newcastle West decided that he would organise an annual cultural weekend in Caherdaniel and every year since he has done a marvellous job in arranging a great weekend with splendid talent. He has also brought great business to the village at what would normally be a very quiet time. Well done Emmett, it just shows what one person can do!

Three of our children Eamon, Owen and Nora were asked to play some music in the Blind Piper on the Saturday night as part of the weekend and my nephew Brian Dwyer who is a film director based in London, also stayed with us for the weekend as he was making a video film of the weekend’s events. We had a great time listening to their music for a few hours.

Owen, Nora and Eamon !

Brian, Marina, Owen on the drums and Nora singing !

The following morning son Owen ran a running workshop on the beach at Derrynane to help people to improve their running technique and to help them to avoid injuries when running.  Experienced runners and a few who had done very little running before before took part and they all seemed to really enjoy the experience. They also enjoyed a pint or two in the pub afterwards…it was well deserved!

Ted Dwyer Family Business

November 2014