Thousands flock to Rory’s “Hometown”

Thousands flock to Rory’s “Hometown”
Thousands of music fans flocked into Ballyshannon last weekend to pay homage to a man who has left a lasting musical and cultural legacy in the town of his birth along the River Erne.

Thousands of music fans flocked into Ballyshannon last weekend to pay homage to a man who has left a lasting musical and cultural legacy in the town of his birth along the River Erne.

In what was a rarity up until last weekend the sun shone for the thousands of fans who filled the pubs, the streets and the large marquee celebrating the music that continues to live on and on, years after his untimely death.

This festival is now one of the most popular festivals of its kind in the country and has been recognised by both the tourism and musical industries as one of the most important events nationwide.

Run by a voluntary committee, spearheaded by Barry O’Neill, it is indeed a credit to all involved.

Driving through the Erne-side town in the middle of night over the weekend, one could not but be impressed by the dozens of workers out sweeping the streets and leaving the town spic and span for the following morning.

Without a doubt this surely would have prompted Rory to ask “What’s going on?”

A truly great festival and one that will continue on for many years to come.