The Kilkenny Roots Festival offers up an annual extravaganza of high quality Folk and Americana music and is just a short (less than 2 hour) train ride from Dublin. We caught a performance by The Eskies at Lanigan's Pub. The gig was delayed in starting due to a long-running hurling match featuring the beloved Kilkenny Cats. Once the music got underway, the audience was tapping their feet and humming along with this energetic motley crew.
Walking through the heart of Kilkenny earlier in the day, we suspected we'd seen Morgan O'Kane busking near this archway. Turns out we were right. We instantly recognized him during the evening gig. We were lucky enough to have free tickets to this paid show thanks to the generosity of +Susan FitzGerald.
We packed ourselves into the back room at Ryan's Bar and got up on tiptoe to try and see over the crowd that had gathered.