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Ramble In

A Kerry winter tradition is kept going in Glenflesk

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Ramble In

Like most places, Kerry had a tradition of 'rambling' houses or 'visiting' houses.

This was where neighbours would gather in one house on winter evenings for story-telling, card-playing, singing and music.

In the village of Glenflesk, the 'rambling house' is open twice a year and is in St. Agatha's Community Hall.

The hall is filled with antiques, some 300-years old. An old-fashioned fireplace has been put in.

There's a spotlight for those who don't mind being seen doing their song or story and a roving microphone, in the dark recesses, for those who do.

The programme is loose. There are bawdy stories, maudlin songs and lively dance tunes.

Then a raffle, cup of tea, bit of a chat and back to the songs and stories.

Muireann Ní Loingsigh visited the rambling house for The Curious Ear in October 2012 and March 2013.

April 2013

The Curious Ear' is produced by Ronan Kelly

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