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Thursday, 9th May 2019

We can’t afford to lose Music at the Gate - Callan

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Music at the Gate - a positive image of Drogheda seen locally and around the world.

Independent Councillor Kevin Callan has reacted to today’s story on Drogheda life that there may be no more Music at the Gate either in advance of the Fleadh or during it. He says that just cannot be allowed to happen.

Callan, who campaigned for years to close the gate to traffic, said that the space is ideal for events such as the one that Darragh O’Heiligh had taken it upon himself to organise.

“I’m at a loss as to why Darragh has not received communication from the Fleadh organisation” he said.

However I will be making contact with the county council and the Fleadh and they should to establish exactly what the issue is and if there is any reason why the Music at the Gate project has not been included in the Fleadh programme for this year so far.

Their sessions at the gate have been a positive image of Drogheda seen locally and around the world on television and with images of the gate and the Irish music being sent across the world. I am fully aware of the importance of this and I am willing to work with the parties to do whatever is needed to make this happen.

I know Darragh, he and his team have done fantastic work as have the Fleadh so let’s get this resolved and let’s keep it going.

“From my point of view it’s very simple” he told Drogheda Life, “we closed the gate so that the space could be used, Darragh has filled that gap, he has done unbelievable work and in doing so got positive promotion for the town, he deserves more than to be ignored.

“I will do whatever it takes to get Music at the Gate back up and running. The Fleadh have to fix this.”

See this morning’s article:

Future of Music at the Gate in doubt – not on Fleadh programme


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