Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cork to pay tribute to the late Rory Gallagher this weekend

Musician Rory Gallagher
Musician Rory Gallagher

A host of events are planned across the city of Cork this weekend to celebrate the late great blues rock guitarist Rory Gallagher.

The #RememberRory events will mark the 20th anniversary of his death and kick off at 1.10pm on Friday when local radio stations Red FM, 96FM, UCC 98.3FM and C103FM will simultaneously play Tattoo'd Lady.

Meanwhile the famous Shandon bells will rock to the same beat and a Gallagher tribute act will perform live on Rory Gallagher Plaza.

There will also be a reading of Louis de Paor's poem, 'A Poem for Rory Gallagher' and Cork City FC will arrive on the pitch that night to play Bray Wanderers to the sound of Rory.

Phil Lynott joins Rory Gallagher for a song at Punchestown Racecourse in 1982
Phil Lynott joins Rory Gallagher for a song at Punchestown Racecourse in 1982

The actual anniversary is on Sunday and previously unseen photographs and memorabilia will be on dispaly at the arts centre on Camden Quay.

Rory Gallagher was actually born in Donegal but grew up in Cork.  He was a member of the band Taste in the 60s and released solo albums in the 70s and 80s.

He had a liver transplant in 1995 following years of heavy drinking but died aged 47 from complications on June 14 that year. 

Cork City Council and Camden Palace Hotel arts centre are running the Remember Rory event.

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