Monday 24 July 2017

My Fingal

Ronnie Delaney from Ballyboughal.
Ronnie Delaney from Ballyboughal.

BRINGING music to the people of Fingal for decades has been Ronnie Delaney, the man behind the Fingal Folk Club in Ballyboughal who has travelled the highways and byways of the county armed only with a song.

The folk club is only in its second year but Ronnie and 'V' Delaney, as part of the always popular Morning Dew ballad and folk group, have been travelling Fingal for many years bringing music to the masses. Ballyboughal, Rolestown, Oldtown and Swords has been their main stomping ground over the years and the family has its roots in Ballyboughal, where Ronnie returned to live in 1992 having spent 20 years in Swords. So what brought him back to the village? I suppose it was just the draw of country life and living among green fields again and I wanted to give my children the same upbringing that I had.' He is now back in the home of his grandparents in Ballyboughal and could not be happier there. He has also earned himself a place right at the heart of this community. As well as running the Fingal Folk Club which kicked off its second year with an opening night last Friday at St. Patrick's Hall in Ballyboughal, Ronnie is secretary of the local pitch and putt club which is where, for him, a perfect day begins. 'If I was to describe a perfect Sunday, it would start at the pitch and putt club. I'm very much involved with the club and it is a huge outlet for me. On Sundays we would always have a game then go and watch a bit of football in the afternoon and then head for The Harp in Swords in the evening where Morning Dew play every Sunday night.' But on Friday night there is only one place Ronnie – or anyone else who loves their folk music – wants to be and that's at the Fingal Folk Club in Ballyboughal. 'I was inspired to start the club when I looked around and saw a lot of my musician friends were not working because the recession thing was kicking in and it was hitting the pubs and I thought that musicians needed somewhere to perform in a non-pub environment. 'Because it is not in a pub it brings out a lot of extra people who want to hear the music but don't maybe want to go to a pub at night. It is great for the musicians to have a place where they can meet each other – it is a social outlet for the musicians as much as anything else.' Ronnie said there is a great appetite in Fingal for this kind of music which doesn't only include Irish folk songs but also American folk like Bob Dylan so there's something for everyone at the Friday night club which is now open each week from 8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

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