Over the past week the Lanesboro and Ballyleague has received some tremendous comment. In a time when we see less and less river tourism it is always gratifying to hear some positive comment and feedback. On Wednesday night last three Japanese young ladies arrived in Lanesboro.
They had heard of the very popular weekly music session in Clarke’s Bar and decided to wait for the night’s session. It proved to be a magical night in the history of the Wednesday session as each of the young ladies played the fiddle and joined in a fabulous night. The night was truly international as a young group from Germany also arrived in town by boat just in time for the session. The Wednesday night session in Clarkes is unique as I have been informed that it is the only regular live session along the Shannon and has gained notoriety for the quality of its musicians each and every Wednesday night. These weekly sessions are beginning to find their own reputation far and wide. A keen Irish boat man along with his friends was travelling down river when he has an engine mishap. He struggled to reach Lanesboro and they spent a few days here while having his mechanical faults rectified. During a conversation he was telling me of his travels north and south on the river and her found Lanesboro and Ballyleague to be the liveliest and friendliest town along the river. He was loud in his praise and stayed on a few extra days to enjoy the treasures of our area. It is wonderful that our area is receiving public acclaim for all the right reasons and that people are now coming to Lanesboro and Ballyleague for its warmth and hospitality.