Tunes for Thoor - Galway’s finest unite for Thoor Ballylee

Following the recent flooding of Yeat’s tower and cottage at Thoor Ballylee, a number of Galway musicians are to perform a fundraising concert in The Village Theatre, Carrabane this weekend.

A local community group, the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society worked exceptionally hard over the last two years to reopen Thoor Ballylee following the devastating flooding event of 2009. Through local and international fundraising and a significant amount of voluntary labour and expertise, the group managed to reopen Thoor Ballylee to the public last June.

Since then a number of excellent cultural events have take place at Thoor Ballylee to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yeat’s birth. However in the last week both the lower floor of the tower and the adjoining cottage have been completely flooded and will need significant work.

Thanks to the foresight of the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, the electrics and other services installed as part of the refurbishment are deliberately placed at a height to avoid flood waters. Just this week a number of Galway musicians who have a particular affinity for Yeats and Thoor Ballylee have decided to stage a fundraising performance in The Village Theatre, Carrabane which is just a short 20 min drive from Yeat’s Tower.

The event is spearheaded by Philadelphia based musician Gabriel Donohue, Galway based musician, Carmel Dempsey and Ciaran Cannon, owner of The Village Theatre. The full lineup for this Saturday night includes;Sean Keane, Máirtín O’Connor, Máirín Fahy and Chris Kelly, Gabriel Donohue, Frankie Colohan, John Faulkner, Carmel Dempsey and a host of special guests.

Tickets are €20 and are available online on The Village Theatre’s Facebook page or from the Box Office at 087 6997357.


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