Anam Presents: Nell Mescal, Kingfishr & God Knows | From Desmond Castle, Newcastle West
Tune in at 8pm on 11 May as MayKay brings you incredible performances by three of Ireland's brightest acts.
The King of Irish hip-hop God Knows will be shutting down Desmond Castle with a little help from his nearest and dearest. Limerick's very own folk trio Kingfishr will be joining us for a very special hometown gig, plus one of Ireland's most exciting new songwriters Nell Mescal will make highly anticpating OV debut for a special acoustic set.
Special thanks to our partners at the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for making Anam possible.
About Desmond Castle
Desmond Castle, located in Newcastle West, County Limerick, Ireland was built in the early 13th century by the FitzGerald family, who were part of the Anglo Norman invasion of 1169. Maurice FitzThomas FitzGerald was named the first Earl of Desmond (Deas Mumhan, meaning South Munster) in 1329, but would have a fractious relationship with the Crown for much of his life, veering between compliance and open defiance of the King.As the power of the Desmonds reached its height in the 15th century, the 7th Earl introduced many improvements to the structure including converting a 13th century chapel into the Banqueting Hall we see today – a venue for frequent and lavish feasts. A great deal of the castle complex was lost in later generations and among other things it served as a base for British forces during the Irish War of Independence, a Masonic Lodge, a community hall and even a cinema in the 1960s. The Office of Public Works took over Desmond Castle in 1989 and has undertaken extensive conservation work and renovations to restore the Banqueting Hall and other buildings on site. The castle is now free to visit for members of the public with fascinating guided tours available.