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Saturday 25 October 2014

Rackhouse Pilfer play gig with a difference at Aras

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

Ray D'Arcy.
Rackhouse Pilfer – Willie Kelly, Fiachra Cunningham, Leon Mooney, Leslie Jones and Hugh Feely – met President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain recently; below: Ray D’Arcy, who was MC for the event.

Rackhouse Pilfer got the President's approval when they performed at Aras an Uachtarain as part of the summer garden party.

The bluegrass boys were entertaining last week at the event, hosted annually by the President.

The couple were happy to pose for a picture with the young musicians after the gig.

Ray D'Arcy of Today FM was MC for the event, while the Templemore Pipe Band, Little John Nee, We Banjo 3 and Margo also entertained.

President Higgins and his wife Sabina welcomed community groups, families and individuals.

A crowd of 350 gathered on the Aras garden in the warm sunshine.

The President said that the event was held to pay tribute to communities, 'wherever they are working in whatever way'.

The Aras garden party tradition began during Douglas Hyde's presidency.

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