Well done to all involved in the Comhaltas Mummers’ concert last weekend. It was highly entertaining and wonderful to see such young talent in the community. Lackagh Mummers presented two wonderful performances to packed houses at Turloughmore Social Centre. The demand for tickets for the Saturday night show was so great that the group decided to arrange a second concert for the Sunday afternoon, which also brought in a packed house. The hall was filled to capacity on both occasions, which is a tribute to the hard work that is carried out in traditional music in the area. A huge thank you to all who performed and assisted during the course of the weekend and those who helped in making the event such a success.
The week before, The Lackagh Mummers captured many awards at the annual New Inn Festival, this year taking the top award in the senior and juvenile sections. There are almost two hundred young musicians involved in traditional music in the area, which is a huge tribute to the leadership and work carried out by a small handful of people. It has taken a tremendous effort to get the group to this stage and the mentors and parents involved deserve tremendous appreciation and acknowledgement for the work that they do on an ongoing basis. It is widely acknowledged that this success has come over many years from the initial work carried out by former Lackagh National School principal Joe Collins, who teamed up with the late Denny Costello and Jim O’Brien in the promotion of traditional music in the area. Joe Collins can be rightly proud of his achievements and the fruits of his labours have brought Lackagh up among the top areas in the county in traditional music. Well done to all concerned in providing the people of the area with two wonderful outings of top-class entertainment.
Also, best of luck to our Scor na nOg instrumental music group, who are performing at the Connacht Scor in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar this Saturday. The group members are Amy Murphy, Ava Quirke, Dan Knoop, Eoghan Gallagher and Laurie Moran.