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Paddy Killoran Monument is officially unveiled

THE NEW Paddy Killoran Monument at the Gurteen Road entrance to the Ballymote Town Park was officially unveiled by master fiddle player Kevin Burke on Sunday last.

Despite the terrible weather conditions, a large crowd gathered for the occasion, including many members of the Killoran family.

Paddy Killoran's nephew, John, spoke on behalf of the family, telling stories about his uncle's visits home from New York, and his own time in America.

Tim Mulcahy, chairman of Ballymote CCE, spoke briefly to thank everybody involved with the erection of the Monument and the weekend itself.

The national Chairman of Comhaltas, Vince Jordan, travelled from Birmingham for the weekend.

The gathering moved on to John Doddy's for a most-welcome bowl of soup and a lively session of music.

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The whole weekend was very successful for Ballymote CCE, starting with the Kevin Burke fiddle Masterclass.

More than 20 fiddle players from all over Ireland listened to Kevin's experiences and life story, including his early days with the Bothy Band and his trips to his relations in Sligo.

He went on to demonstrate his style and offered playing tips to the enthusiastic audience, who then took the opportunity to play along with the Master.

The night rounded off with lively sessions in Tighe's and Hayden's.

The next Ballymote CCE session is the Christmas junior session, to be held in the Pastoral Centre on Friday 28th December from 7.30- 9.30, followed by an adult session in Hayden's.