A rockin’ weekend for a good cause

Pubs and venues across the city were enlivened with the sounds of home-brewed music this weekend as the 23rd annual Rockfall festival came to town.

Pubs and venues across the city were enlivened with the sounds of home-brewed music this weekend as the 23rd annual Rockfall festival came to town.

The four-day festival in aid of Enable Ireland at the O’Neill Centre brought together a lineup of 70 acts, with singers, bands and DJs, and even a bit of spoken word and dramatics added in for good measure.

From the O’Dwyer Brothers and The Broken Spokes, to The Uptown Band and Elvis Fontenot and the Sugarbees, plus an all-ages gig, it provided nighttime and afternoon entertainment to ease us through the bank holiday weekend.

It also, as always, raised money for the charity that is close to many local hearts. The O’Neill Centre needs to raise e170,000 a year to supplement its funding from the Health Service Executive (HSE), so the money raised by this year’s Rockfall is sure to be appreciated.

Hint of Rhythm ‘n’ Roots

In other local music festival news, we’re halfway to next year’s Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Festival, and a “brand-new” www.kilkennyroots.com was due to go live yesterday (Tuesday) at 8pm.

With this year’s festival season coming to a close with Kilkenomics this weekend, Kilkenny is lucky to have those behind the scenes already looking ahead to 2012.