Bluebells and Buskers in Kilinthomas

A painted scene of the spray of bluebells which cover Kilinthomas Woods every year.
the famous bluebell covered Kilinthomas Woods in Rathangan will be flooded with music next Sunday May 5 as part of a unique event in aid of the Rathangan Community Centre re-development project.

the famous bluebell covered Kilinthomas Woods in Rathangan will be flooded with music next Sunday May 5 as part of a unique event in aid of the Rathangan Community Centre re-development project.

The family of former county councillor Jimmy O’Loughlin, who passed away lasts January, is organising “Bluebells and Buskers” in his memory, with 15 musical acts dotted amongst the trees. Kilinthomas Woods held a special place in his life.

“Every day until near the end, Jimmy went for a long walk in Killinthomas Woods just outside Rathangan, where he loved to chat with all he met. We’re coming up to his favourite time of year when the bluebells seeped into bloom and gave the whole place a dramatic carpet of blue dotted with white wild garlic. Jimmy’s family have decided to organise a walk with a difference in his memory on the May bank holiday weekend (Sunday at 2.30 pm). The walk will take consist of a meander through the woods with pop up entertainment from 15 different artistes ranging from tenor Philip Scott to country and western star Whizz O`Rourke and we invite all to attend,” said his family.

“There is no cost, but Jimmys family hope participants will make a donation to the refurbishment of the Rathangan Community Centre, a cause close to Jimmys heart, as he spearheaded the original community centre committee in the old church back in the 1970`s.

“Indeed, one of his last commitments was to promise he would organise a fund raising event to help defray the local cost to add to Leader funding. Now, his wife Mary, sons and daughters Fiona, Sheelagh, Brian, Niall, Niamh, Ronan, Jim, Noelle, Cathal, Sinead and Conor are committed to carrying out one of his last wishes.”

Everyone is invited to come along, enjoy the fun and the banter, and even a bite to eat with sandwiches, soup and burgers available from 1.30pm. There may even be a song in Fullams afterwards according to his relatives. On the day, there will also be a dedication of a bench in Jimmy’s name.

The artists taking part include Philip Scott, Mary O’Loughlin, Conor Mahony, Mary Linehan, Vinne Roche, Tristan Carroll, Sinead O’Loughlin, Des Egan, Noel Heavey, Whiz O’Rourke, Paddy, Joe and Tomas Opoil.

- Niamh O’Donoghue