Famed Longford piper, the late Peter Carberry, pictured performing at College Green, Dublin in 1988
Next weekend the inaugural Éigse Peter Carberry will take place on Friday Saturday and Sunday, with a great line up of events and Irish music of the highest quality echoing throughout Lanesboro town all weekend.
The very finest local and nationally renowned musicians will be in Lanesboro over the course of the weekend and while it is just the inaugural weekend, the organising committee have put together a strong programme that will be remembered for many years.
The excitment is building for a wonderful weekend of Irish music back in Lanesboro, where the atmosphere is expected to be electric.
There will be impromptu sessions popping up throughout in some likely and unlikely places. One can look forward to the echo of Irish music throughout the weekend and favourable weather should entice many visitors to town.
The official opening takes place on Friday, April 12, in St Mary’s Parish Hall at 8pm with the opening address given by Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
This will be followed by a recital by two of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers Neíllidh Mulligan NPU Dublin and Michael Cooney Tipperary. The Ó ghlúin go glúin (from generation to generation) ceremony will involve Méadhbh and Óisín and the opening will close with the Clarke’s group and friends. Admission is free.
On Saturday morning registration will take place for the following workshops at 9.30am for a fee of €20: Piping classes and reed making with Cormac Keegan, Michael Cooney and Donncha Keegan; Whistle with Gerry Bohan, Fiddle with Laura Wall, Accordion with Dan Brouder, Banjo with Angelina Carberry.
Classes will take place from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. Also on Saturday in Lanesboro library, there will be an exhibition on the life and music of Pete Carberry opening from 3pm to 4.30pm.
On Saturday night, the Gala concert will take place in St Mary's Hall, featuring many musical talents such as Piper and CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann, Gay McKeon. Also playing on the night will be Uilleann Pipers Cormac and Donncha Keegan and Michael Cooney, the Donlon family, singer Helen Barry, Noel Sweeney on the flute, Jimmy McLoughlin on the accordion, Gerry Bohan on the flute and the highlight of the night, the Carberry family playing an array of instruments such as uilleann pipes, the harp, whistles, fiddle, accordion, banjo, mandola and the bodhrán. Fear an tí on the night will be the very popular Seanachaí Vincent Pierce.
On Sunday, April 14, an Anniversary mass for Peter will take place in the Church of the Nativity and Blessed Virgin Mary Newtowncashel at 10.30am. Following mass, there will be a recital at Peter’s grave in Clonbonny Cemetery.
On Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 6pm, there will be a gathering of Uilleann Pipers in St Mary's Hall.
Make sure you don't miss what will be a fantastic weekend of Irish music.