Listowel Rambling House at Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm. The “rambling house” tradition has been revived in recent years, particularly in North Kerry, where people come together to be entertained by songs, recitations, stories, and dance.
Eamonn Kelly, the famous seanchaí, who hosted the 1950’s RTE Radio 1 series, “The Rambling House” described a rambling house as being a place “where the affairs of the day were debated, where entertainment mingled with education”. That programme began with the invitation:
”The ricket is thatched,
the fields are bare,
Long nights are here again,
The year was fine, but now ‘tis time,
To hear the balled men,
Boul in, boul in and take a chair,
Admission here is free,
You’re welcome in the rambling house,
To hear the Seanchaí”
Listowel Rambling House invites traditional Irish musicians, singers and storytellers along to perform in an informal setting, and anyone can join in the fun. Admission is free and a cup of tea and traditional brack will be served at half time! Listowel Rambling House dates for 2018 are:
January 25th, February 22nd, March 29th, April 26th, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th, October 25th, November 29th, December 27th.
You’re welcome friends and neighbours, come in and stay awhile; The tilly lamp is lighting, and the kettle is on the boil; Can you hear below the haggard the flooded river roar; Don’t mind the wind and rain outside, come in and shut the door; Pull up the sugan chairs around the blazing open fire; ‘Tis burning well – the turf we sleaned last summer up in Lyre; And by its side we’ll sit and let the conversation flow; About the happenings of the day and the times we used to know; Then sing your songs and play your tunes beside the fireside glow; And take us back to how it was in Ireland long ago.
Céad Mile Fáilte to the Irish Rambling House by Joe Harrington, Lyreacrompane, Co. Kerry.