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The Lane Kiskeam

Turf lights the way!

For many years the old Kiskeam Brass Band rehearsed by marching through the village using pitchforks with lit sods of turf to show the way. The new band will recreate this scene and hope to stir memories of the past!


The first Kiskeam fife and drum band was formed in 1880. This band played at local race meetings and at all the Land League assemblies and was led by Young John Casey on a saddled horse. In 1895 a gifted musician named Tim Kiely came to Kiskeam to set up business as a shoemaker. He had been a member of the famous Millstreet Brass Band, and had been trained by Herr Jacobwich, a famous German band master. Over a number of years it changed from a fife and drum band to a fully fledged brass band. During the war of Independence they marched behind the Thomas Ashe flag. The Kiskeam Brass Band was reestablished in 2016 for the 1916 centenary celebrations. On culture night the band will ‘re enact a previously common scene whereby the band used to practice whilst marching through the village using the light from burning sods of turf, held by pitchfork.

Time: 10pm - 10:30pm

Genres: Music

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Kiskean Village, Kiskeam

No Booking Required