Tuesday 20 March 2018

Weekend will honour Paddy

Legendary fiddle player Paddy Killoran.
Legendary fiddle player Paddy Killoran.

BALLYMOTE is about to honour one of its most famous sons.

The Paddy Killoran traditional weekend takes place from June 20th to 22nd.

Gurteen Road native Killoran is a legendary fiddle player.

Traditional musicians from Sligo and throughout Ireland are taking part in the three-day event.

It is being organised by the Paddy Killoran branch of Comhaltas.

Branch member Michael Hurley said: "The Festival is long-established at this stage.

"Paddy Killoran was a renowned fiddle player and we are delighted to pay tribute to him again in his home area."

The Festival begins on Friday night with the Annual Concert.

This features special guests Fr James McDonagh and friends and All-Ireland winners 'Reel Appeal', featuring Cian Kearins, Caoimhe Kearins, Niamh O'Sullivan and Christopher Maguire.

The Art Deco is the venue at 8.30pm.

Admission is €10.

A music session follows in Tighe's.

Saturday features an illustrated talk by well-known accordion player and researcher Daithí Gormley.

'The Life & Times of Paddy Killoran in Ballymote and the USA' starts at 9pm in The Pastoral Centre.

Earlier, there is a junior session from 4pm to 6pm in the Centre.

John Doddy's hosts a session on Saturday night.

A special ceremony will be held at the Killoran monument in the Town Park at 12.30pm on Sunday.

The monument was unveiled in December, 2012.

There will be an afternoon session in Gormley's Corner House from 4pm to 6pm.

The curtain comes down on the Festival with singing, storytelling and a closing session in Hayden's from 7pm.

Michael Hurley said: "All in all it promises to be another successful Festival."

Members of the Killoran family from the UK and Ireland have been invited.

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