Thursday 18 July 2019

Drumshallon host to Scottish night

The recent Scottish Night at Drumshallon proved a huge success.

The talent was second to none with piper Dermot Carragher from Monaghan heralding the start of the evening and stopping short of raising the roof. He was followed by the lively tunes of Gle Geal Gaire. They were upllifted by the beautiful voices of Clodagh King whose great grandmother left the forge house at Drumshallon in 1937 to marry Gussie King from Garvillagh, Lynn Kirwin from Clogherhead and Maria Clarke from Bettystown.

The young musicians from Drumshallon Seisiuin na nOg accompanied by Aine ,Brid and Mick Dunne made their debut performance on stage and did themselves proud.The brilliant group of Irish dancers from Fieldstown Luascadh an Lu , Emma Maddens school of Dancing stole the show and were as entertaining as Riverdance any day.

Scotsmen Neil Mc Keller and his friend Stevie read from the poems of Robbie Burns whose birth is remembered traditionally with a Burns night including a supper of haggis, tatties and nipes which came at the end of the evening.

Enda Fahy on the accordion and the Nic an Riogh sisters Aine,Aisling and Eithne on violin and cello, Aine Winters on the Uilleann pipes also excelled and the evening's entertainment was complete with the voices of the Drumshallon for pleasure Thursday singing night group, under Maria Callery, who sang Mairi's wedding and Westering home followed by Ireland's call at the request of member James Howell.

The Burns supper with tea and Jenny Thornton's cakes and delicious buns were a welcome treat to round off a superb evening.As one local lady said in a world where crazy things are happening, this was a wonderful experience of community living at its best.

The host for the evening who did a great job on behalf of the Monasterboice Twinning Association was Philip King . Monasterboice is twinned with Letham in Scotland since 1997.

Local Caterer Michael Devine cooked the very tasty supper.

Drogheda Independent