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Monday, 17th June 2019

Music at the Gate returns bigger and better than ever

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Young performers and a large crowd at the Music at The Gate session on Saturday afternoon.

Music at the Gate made a welcome return on Saturday last and it was good to hear from organiser and musician Darragh Ó Héiligh that they have overcome the problems they has been experiencing making the future of the very popular event more secure.

Laurence’s Street was transformed with the combined energy of the Music at the Gate and the Drogheda Motor Show filling the area with energetic activity.  Ten motor dealers exhibiting 14 brands lined Laurence’s Street and at Laurence’s Gate 105 musicians, singers and dancers entertained hundreds of people for six hours. 

In the glorious sunshine Laurence’s Gate came alive again for the first time in 2019.  Performers included:

  •  Ni Chearra-O Baolain school of Irish dancing
  • Aston Village school
  • MGM
  • Hanna O’Brien
  • Jessica Donnagh
  • ABACAS school
  • Coscán
  • Declan Garry
  • Mixed Bag
  • Coinneach Farrell
  • Screelin
  • Sean Matthews
  • Scoil Aonghusa
  • Kieran Gallagher
  • Eimear King
  • Roisin Ward Morrow
  • Oisin McCan
  • Darragh Ó Héiligh 

Music at the Gate continues to encourage and promote traditional Irish music in Drogheda.  It was therefore great to see so many schools and musicians just starting out on their musical journey play alongside more seasoned musicians.  

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Darragh Ó Héiligh organiser of the Music at the Gate events commented “I’m delighted at the success of Saturday’s Music at the Gate.  Musicians, singers and dancers are enthusiastically getting involved and local businesses are helping by sponsoring or giving reduced prices. I’m grateful and delighted with the support the event has received in the community.” 

Asked about plans for the event during the Fleadh Darragh said “I’m hopeful that the event will run for the duration of the Fleadh.  Music at the Gate would continue to invite and encourage musicians of all abilities to play together on an inclusive platform in the heart of Drogheda. It could be one of the highlights of Fleadh 2019. “ 

Music at the Gate for June was supported by

  • The Drogheda Motor Show
  • The Morning Star
  • The Punt
  • Barney Mac’s
  • Sarsfields
  • North east Marquees
  • Drogheda Higher
A young dancer during the Music at The Gate session on Saturday.
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