Listowel Rambling House at Kerry Writers’ Museum revives the old Irish tradition of long ago 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 takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm and on special occasions such as St. Patrick’s Day and Listowel Storytelling Festival.
Admission is free and a cup of tea and homemade refreshments will be served at half time! Come and join us for a great night of traditional Irish entertainment.
Céad Mile Fáilte to the Irish Rambling House
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.
by Joe Harrington, Lyreacrompane, Co. Kerry.