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Traditional musicians The Pick and Shuffle Mando Band will celebrate the mandolin family of musical instruments in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Thursday next, February 27, at 8 pm.
Hardiman tells us, “There was from time immemorial a gap in the river called the Main Gap, through which small boats, sometimes with difficulty, passed up and down the river from the lake to the sea. This particular gap was always kept open from February to August, when all others were shut. The proprietors of the fishery, finding that it diminished the value of the weirs, caused it to be closed. This became the subject of legal contention, but it was finally decided that the gap should be, and it has ever since accordingly been, kept open.”