Return of ‘The Rambling House’

ALONE event in Ballintubber

A Rambling House-type gathering – aptly called ‘The Rambling House’ – will be held in Ballintubber on Sunday, 10th of December next.

This unique community event is the brainchild of Cllr Anthony Waldron and has the full backing of renowned charity ALONE, which caters for people who are living in isolation and/or experiencing loneliness.

The ‘Rambling House’ event will feature an Ecumenical Prayer Service, followed by all the traditions associated with Ireland’s famous rambling houses of bygone years – including music, storytelling, and craic.

There will also be a serious, supportive aspect to proceedings, with representatives from ALONE addressing attendees to outline the services and supports that are available locally.

The day’s activities will begin with an Ecumenical Prayer Service which will be held at 2 pm in St. Bride’s Church, Ballintubber.

This will be followed by the ‘Rambling House’ event in Garvey’s Bar in Ballintubber (from 3 pm), featuring local musicians and storytellers. All are welcome.

Amongst the special guests will be local man Gerard Burke – who has been trending on social media in the pre-publicity for this event – and renowned seanchaí, Vincent Pierse. A number of other guest musicians and singers will also perform.

Born in North Kerry, Vincent Pierse inherited his gift of telling stories and yarns from storytellers of his locality. He grew up listening to stories made famous by characters like the late, great seanchaí Eamon Kelly.

A renowned storyteller himself, Vincent has performed at festivals all over Ireland, the UK, in the US and Canada. He has hosted his own show on Shannonside Northern Sound (called the ‘Open Door’). He is a member of the South Roscommon Singers Circle where is regularly spins yarns to attentive audiences.

Cllr Waldron noted that ALONE founder Willie Bermingham’s wife, Mary (Marie) Kelly, was a native of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon, meaning the area has a proud link with the highly respected charity.