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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Hugh returns to Albert Hall 40 years after band performance

Published 16/04/2014 | 05:20

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Hugh Sheridan outside the Albert Hall where he performed with the Corduff Pipe Band in 1974.

PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins wasn't the only historic visitor to the Royal Albert Hall in London this year.

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Local man Hugh Sheridan retraced his steps 40 years after he performed in the famous London venue.

Hugh, who lives in Dromiskin, had been part of a pipe band that played in the Royal Albert Hall for St. Patrick's Day in 1974.

Last month he visited the historic venue with his family, to commemorate 40 years since performing there.

Hugh explained how his original appearance at the Albert Hall had come about.

'I was a member of the Corduff Pipe Band in Carrickmacross along with my brothers Pat and Michael. In 1973, we won the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil title and following this we were invited to play in the Royal Albert Hall.'

Hugh added that it was an eye opening experience for all the young performers from Ireland.

'It was an exceptional event over St. Patrick's weekend 1974. There were over 3,000 people in attendance and we took to the stage along with other guests, actor TP McKenna and musician Hugo Duncan. For many of us it was our first time in London.'

The return visit to the city 40 years on gave him a chance to reflect on his experiences as a young musician.

And as he watched coverage of the state visit, Hugh said: 'The visit of President Higgins to the venue for the Ceiliuradh event did bring back fond memories for me and in fact I travelled to London with my wife Maureen and son John in March where we visited the Royal Albert Hall and took a tour of the arena.

'It was 40 years to the day since we had played there.'

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