Cuban ambassador to open Kilkee festival

Cuban ambassador to open Kilkee festival

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Kilkee Bay
Picturesque Kilkee where the festival will be held – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Cuban ambassador to Ireland will officially open this year’s Che Do Bheatha festival in Kilkee.

The west Clare town will once again come alive to the sound of all things Latin American between September 25th and 27th.

Kilkee Chamber of Commerce has promised an electric line-up of music, dance and theatre over what has become the signature festival for the town.

With its history of combining traditional Irish and Latin American music the festival has always created a party atmosphere and this year will definitely live up to that billing as the headline act, Sharon Shannon, playing to a limited ticket only event at the Diamond Rocks Cafe on Saturday the 26th. Topping the Latin American bill are Baile an Salsa who play in the Greyhound Bar on Friday night.

Che Do Bheatha Poster

Opening the weekend at the Stella Maris Hotel on Friday 25th will be His Excellency Mr Hermes Herrera, Cuban Ambassador to Ireland who follows in the path worn by his predecessor, Her Excellency Teresita Trujillo, who had attended the festival on a number of occasions, most notably in 2012 when she was accompanied by Dr Aleida Guevara March, the eldest daughter of the famous Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

This years line up includes, Sharon Shannon, Baile an Salsa, Los Paddy de las Pampas, Serious Mischief, The Troubadour Mules and La Orquesta Kalamares with music workshops and family fun events such as an attempt at the longest conga line on the beach, previous record of 504 was set in 2013, face painting, capoeira exhibitions and salsa classes.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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