The golf gives way to great night of culture at Balbriggan golf club
Balbriggan Golf Club held a Culture Evening with Music, Art & Photography on Saturday 29th Sept.
The idea for the Culture Evening came from the club’s Lady Captain, Beatrice Magee. Balbriggan Golf Club and the Social Committee were helped by Balbriggan Library and Tom Reilly from Ardgillian Castle in staging the event with the supplying of boards and easels for the art and photography work from club members and the local art group.
The clubhouse dining room was transformed into an amazing art gallery for the day.
A spokesperson for the organisers said: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the artists and photographers for exhibiting their magnificent work.
‘There were also some beautiful photographs courtesy of Joe Curtis that brought many members and visitors down memory lane with so much talk of ‘who’s who’ in some of the photographs.’
Evelyn Tolan and Padraig Faughnan also provided some fabulous prints and canvases that were admired by everyone throughout the day.
The evening entertainment began with an historical talk on Balbriggan by Hugh Cumisky. Hugh brought a very relaxed, much informed talk on Balbriggan to a packed clubhouse.
This was followed up by a traditional music set from two club members, Sean O’connor and Brian Flynn.
The Balscadden Church Choir that recently sang at the Papal Mass entertained the audience with some hymns and a medley of songs that had everyone joining in.
A spokesperson for the organisers said: ‘You could hear a pin drop when the talented Amy Campbell began to play the Uilleann Pipes.
‘Amy accompanied by her very proud grand parents Mary and Eddie played a number of traditional tunes as well as songs the slightly older members of the audience could sing along to.
‘Amy is a student at Child Vision College. She has been invited to play for President Obama, President MD Higgins, Christy Moore, Joe Biden and more recently
‘Amy also played at the very successful Fleadh Ceol in Drogheda. We wish Amy every success in an upcoming event she will play in Vicar Street.’
Connie Morgan recited her own beautifully written poem penned in 2002. This was a very emotional piece that could also relate to today’s life about her childhood in Clonard Street.
Next was the unbelievable Sean Kiernan. Sean teaches the tin whistle and is a brilliant banjo player and singer.
Sean’s tone is very similar in style to the late Luke Kelly. He had great ‘banter’ with the audience and there was no request he couldn’t play or sing. Theresa Murphy brought some friends along as well, the Skerries Ukulele Strummers. The group brought great musical fun and song as well as some stories from their front man that had everyone in great form. Something of a resident poet for the club, Tony Curtis, entertained everyone with poetry and stories.
Mary Rogers at the Culture Evening and Art Exbo in Balbriggan Golf Club.