The golf gives way to great night of cul­ture at Bal­brig­gan golf club

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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.

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