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 Commemorative weekend
    To celebrate the life of John Joe Scanlon

John Joe lived in a small cottage in Ballyella, Fanore and was a quiet, unassuming and gentle man. He sadly passed away on the 19th November last year leaving a deep void in this close-knit community where he was much loved and respected.

The Fanore Events Club committee and local people have great pleasure in organising this Commemorative weekend for their wonderful friend who spent his life entertaining people with his wit, songs, lilting and tin whistle playing.

Programme of events (all at O’Donohue’s Pub, Fanore)

Friday 15th November 2019

8 pm Launch of the John Joe Scanlon weekend with Paula Carroll
followed by a short DVD of the late John Joe Scanlon; songs and stories at 8.30 sharp.


Saturday 16th November 2019

11 am Ballyella walk with Patsy Carrucan and local historian Joe Queally; 3-hour walk (good boots a must!)

12 noon Bus tour of the Burren /Fanore to the Burren Perfumery cost €5 each; places must be booked by 10 am Saturday morning.

2 to 4.30 Songs and music in Bar.

5 pm 1st Anniversary mass for John Joe at Fanore Church.

6 to 9 pm Music in Bar Christy Barry & Friends.

9 pm Launch of CD ‘The Village of my Childhood’ by Joe Queally.

9.30pm to 1am. Music and dancing with Michael & Martin


Sunday 17th November 2019

Visit to John Joe’s grave 11am; Trevor Linnane will lay a wreath on the grave.

Turf footing and reek building at O’Donohue’s land with children from Fanore School 12 noon.

Judging of local songwriting competition of songs written by the children of Fanore School 1 pm.

Children from Fanore School will entertain us with some songs.

Honda 50 Bike run organiser Kevin Mc Cormack 1.30 pm.

High Nelly Bike run to John Joe’s house organiser Ivan Linnane 1.30 pm.

3 pm to 5 music and song in Bar.

5.30 pm: Céilí and Traditional music session at O’Donohues with Oliver O’Connell, Dessie Mulkere and friends (all musicians welcome).

Followed by singalong and music in Bar.



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