Opposite Shannon Airport
The Stop Trump Peace Camp,
Peace activist Johnny Keenan (him what was on the ‘telly) writes:
On Monday, August 13 in St Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall, Butts Green, Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny at 7:45pm with a suggested donation of €5.
Some of Ireland’s leading campaigners for change come together for an evening to speak about corruption and its impact on democracy and the public good.
From the worlds of journalism, banking, education, farming and the courts, the speakers will discuss their own battles in tackling wrongdoing at the hands of state institutions.
And why local communities need to stand up against corruption in all its guises in order to create a fairer society that holds power to account and makes the best use of public money.
Previously: Gemma O’Doherty: They Are Laughing At You
— Johnny Keenan (@OffalyGoodVibe) July 7, 2018
Borris Castle, County Carlow.
Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) joins ‘revellers’ at BARE music and arts Festival for choons, chats and massive amounts of
Thursday: BARE All This Weekend
— Johnny Keenan (@OffalyGoodVibe) July 7, 2018
Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.
Johnny will be reporting and tweeting for the ‘sheet from the Body & Soul Festival throughout the weekend. He can be followed here.
If you see him, why not say ‘hello’ and have the ‘chat’?
He’s on his own.
Johnny Keenan ‘hangs’ at the Dark ‘n Stormy tent.
He may still be there if you are about the festival.
Would a quick ‘hello’ kill you?
From top: from left: Gino Kenny, Vera Twomey, Hazel Robinson and Kenny Tynan; from left: Johnny Keenan, Vera Twomey and Mike Cunningham in Athlone last Sunday. Above: Kenny addressing a rally in Athlone.
Longford, County Longford.
A rally and march across Longford town to promote the legalisation of cannabis.
Kenny Tynan, who has brain tumour and recently had his cannabis oil seized, was joined by friends, family and fellow activists Vera Twomey, Gino Kenny TD, Hazel Robinson Mike Cunningham and Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) to urge the easing of access to medicinal cannabis.
Previously: Athlone He Stands
At The Grand Social, Dublin 1.
A tribute to comedian, singer songwriter, conspiracy realist, poet and philosopher Bill Hicks with our Johnny (yer man off de telly!) MC-ing.
Tickets are €12 and proceeds will go to the Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation and to help the homeless in Dublin.
Derek Clabby (above) in 2018, in #Kingsativa (top far right) and The Bionic Rats (middle pic foreground) and as Del Bionic with ‘Don’t Let Them Get Away with It.
Concert promoter Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:
So many people can go through this life in complete ignorant bliss. Listening to poxy radio with one banal tune after the other. I kind of envy them in the sense they don’t seem to have any real concerns. But I certainly don’t want to live my life like that.
Seventeen years ago I booked the most politically astute band in the country at the time, #Kingsativa, for a venue in Kilkenny. Long before hashtags were all the rage I knew I was dealing with something real and raw and on the edge.
The bass player and main lyricist of these band of reggae soul brothers was Derek Clabby known now as Del Bionic.
Coming out of Kilbarrack this man has being writing killer tunes since he was a boy. Inspired and influenced by the reggae vibes and ska beats of Jamaica, he brings his own Dubland style.
And, it’s fair to say he is the longest gigging and most consistent musician of this gratifying genre on the island right now.
Always moving forward he is now singer and songwriter of Ireland’s biggest secret… The Bionic Rats
It’s a tribute to his spirit and consistency that since he first started performing in 1992 he never faltered or sold out.
However when I hear the anger and frustration in this newly penned piece I am also angry and frustrated. For different reasons though.
As a lover and promoter of music I can’t understand how someone that has consistently soundtracked Dublin and Ireland for 26 years is not known to radio stations in the capital. Apart from Near Fm and a few more mavericks.
When a citizen of our country gives his heart mind and soul by holding a mirror up to society and highlighting the good the bad the beautiful and the ugly, surely he deserves a platform.
I’m sick of seeing frustrated artists blacklisted by corporate radio stations..
And for RTÉ not to have a real music show covering alternative music from Ireland is actually unbelievable.
This battered and broken republic should be dancing to a beat of many alternative tunes.
In the meantime I for one am thankful that serious sound heads like Derek Clabby are there to remind me what it’s all about.
Kevin Murphy feat Marc Kenny – We’ve Got Salah (for the Spider-Ede Appeal)
It’s not going away.
A charity release of the song that killed the Kop.
Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!), writes:
Richy Sheehy and his alter ego Kevin Murphy are releasing “We’ve Got Salah” on all formats TODAY for The Spider-Ede Appeal – DIPG Awareness [for a little girl Edie May who needs life saving treatment in Mexico]…
You’ll never dance alone.
Previously: May God Have Mersey On His Soul
Johnny Keenan writes:
It is with a heavy heart that unfortunately we have to postpone our End Of Summer Vibe/One Love Concert scheduled for this Sunday, September 10 in the open air Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre in Kilkenny.
The reason that I decided to pull the plug was based on two factors. The first and most importantly was the weather. It’s 95% forecast of rain and also to be cold. This is not at all conducive to the vibe we want to generate.
Although there is so much good will for the event ticket sales have not being forthcoming. So the reasoning behind this is that people have decided to see what the weather is like on Sunday.
As we have so much good people giving their time and talents for little or no monetary gain we have taken the tough decision to postpone until early summer 2018.
The residents in Direct Provision Centres in The South East at Waterford and Tramore are disappointed that the concert will not go ahead but are happy that something will be organised in 2018.
This will give us more time to highlight the plight of people in Direct Provision and hopefully this time next year Direct Provision will be dealt with for the betterment of everyone.
In the meantime please support the initative of Kilkenny Solidarity Dinners who have being doing fantastic work in organising some great afternoons with our brothers and sisters in Direct Provision.
Promoter Stephen Garland who was also to benefit from this event has got some good news. He will now go to Russia for his much needed surgery this November. So for anyone who wants to sponsor Stephen please do so by visiting his website
We have got so much support locally and nationally with this event. In order to do it justice we will look forward and move forward together for making OneLoveKK 2018 a reality.
Thanks to the following for their support and goodwill.
All the Crew at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Martin Leahy for designing poster. Perfecto Print Kilkenny, Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny, The Book Centre Kilkenny, KCLR fm, The Kilkenny People, The Kilkenny Reporter, The Kilkenny Journal, Lucky Khambule MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland), Broadsheet.ie, Residents in Direct Provision Centres in Waterford and Tramore. Oliva Lyng, Gareth Hanlon, Sandrine Dunlop, Geraldine Fahy, Emmanuel & Nic at Kilkennny Solidarity Dinners and for everyone else who i’ve missed who has got behind this event and will get behind it again in 2018.