PLANS ARE well advanced for a number of major events in Ballymote to honour legendary fiddle player, Paddy Killoran.
In addition to unveiling a memorial stone in his honour in the town, the Paddy Killoran branch of Comhaltas intends to hold a gala concert in the newly refurbished Art Deco cinema on Saturday, December 1st at 8.30pm.
Headlining the concert will be fiddle player Kevin Burke, who is making the trip from the USA back to his fiddle-playing roots in south Sligo.
Kevin will be hosting a 'master class' in the town for budding and talented musicians from the area.
On Sunday afternoon he will officially unveil the Paddy Killoran memorial.
Local CCE Chairman, Tim Mulcahy, expects huge interest in all of the events.
Tim said: "The Branch members have put in a huge amount of work to this and we are especially thrilled that Kevin has agreed to come over and unveil the memorial stone, headline our concert and give a 'master class.' It is quite a coup for us here in Ballymote."
There will be a number of special guests on the night and the Branch is also getting in touch with as many of Paddy Killoran's relatives as they can to invite them to join in the weekend of celebration.
Mr. Mulcahy said he as Chairman and the CCE were very grateful for all the support they had received from their own organisation and in the local community.
He thanked in particular those involved in the local community employment scheme under foreman, Gerry McHugh, for their hard work to date, the members of the Ballymote Community Centre for their generosity and the management of the Art Deco cinema.