Standing Ovations & Spooky Surprises - By Brian Hurley
Last weekend we had an amazing event here at the Carlton Hotel Tralee to celebrate the life of Christie Hennessy, one of Tralee’s finest singer/songwriters. On Friday night the famous musician Francie Conway kicked off proceedings by welcoming Mickey Harte on stage to pay tribute to Christie Hennessy. Following this we had many brilliant performances from the likes of Mark Leen, John Buggy and Ian Doherty. The talk of the night was an up and coming group called Chapter 2 who got a standing ovation and are certainly on their way to new heights in the music industry.
Saturday night saw the final of the Christie Hennessy song contest sponsored by IMRO. Ten acts from all over Ireland performed their socks off for another full house and a panel of judges. A real treat on the night was the performances of Christie Hennessy’s children Hermione and Tim, seriously breath-taking and another standing ovation from the crowd. While the judges deliberated as to who would win the contest, Aonghus McAnally of RTE fame took to the stage with his son Andy performing some of Christie Hennessy’s best written songs. The judges then returned to announce that birthday boy Alan Kavanagh was crowned winner of the song contest with his song Bitter Man. It was the combined effort of so many talented singers, musicians, songwriters, the Carlton Hotel, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Imro and Francie Conway and his team and the public’s love and affection for the late, great, Christie Hennessy, that made this weekend such a memorable one. Can’t wait for next year!!!!
This week we’re well under way with preparations for Halloween, and being a parent the lead up to Halloween can be a scary experience. My eldest son Darrion gets a great kick out of creeping up on me when I least expect it. At a perfectly timed moment he jumps out with a roar, that leaves my shoes on the spot and the rest of me ten feet behind, sporting a few more grey hairs! My seven year old daughter has just informed me of the Halloween disco at school on Friday night and my youngest child thinks Halloween is all about going around the place shouting everything and everyone, the decibel increase automatically makes him scarier! When I was younger my dad told me a scary story that still haunts me to this day, the way things are going with my kids at the moment I think I may be duty bound, to pass on the story to them. That will quieten them!!
The reason I get most scared about at this time of year is the fact that the days, weeks, months and years seem to be flying bye, even faster than the wicked witch on her broomstick. Once Halloween is over we immediately worry about the preparations for Christmas, and then we are into a new year where we all become a year older and worry about other stuff! We need to constantly trick ourselves into believing that we are younger than what we actually are. We need to trick ourselves into treating ourselves more often. We need to take a break from being scared too much and enjoy the now. If you agree, well then why not book yourself a break right now at the Carlton Hotel Tralee and I look forward to welcoming you…….no tricks, just treats.