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Flesk River.
Cattle grazing in Glenflesk Co Kerry.  Church in Glenflesk in Co Kerry

In the nineteenth century music and dancing were very much in the homes of the people and the set began to get popular. In the early twentieth century in Glenflesk sets were danced at cross roads and one popular place was a rock beside the Loo Bridge Bar. This rock was made smooth by ice action in glacial times. Local people played for these dances. The young people learned their music at home or from a local musician. Some of these musicians were Pat Byrne, Rusheenmore, Johnny Sweeney, Gortlicka, Tim F O'Donoghue, Inch, The Careys of Coomaculen, Mick and Henry Williams of Brewesterfield, Tim Crowley and Florie O'Donoghue. In the mid twentieth century dance hallls became popular and Murphy's Hall in Barradubh, which became The Orient Ballroom and Mick the Bridges were the popular local halls. With the coming of the Showbands in the 1950s the small rural dance halls disappeared.

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