12th Annual

Ballintogher Music Festival 2009

Fred Finn Branch C.C.E.


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Come and visit Ballintogher Co. Sligo Ireland for the:

12th Annual Traditional Music Festival 2009

Thu 29th October to Sun 1st November  2009

Commemorating John Egan - Flute Player


Ballintogher 32nd Annual Feis

Sunday 11th October 2009

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Traditional Music Festival 2009

Fáilte Róimh Gach Einne                              Traditional Pub Sessions Nightly

Please note change of venue for some events.

(Ballintogher Community Centre under reconstruction)

Thursday 29th October                         De Deardaoin

9:30 PM                        Donegans Lounge Ballintogher


Oiche Gaelach - Bilingual Table Quiz

Caint, Ceol agus Craic



Friday 30th October                               De hAoine

8:00 PM                        in Blue Devon, Dromahair


Official Opening
by Seamus McCormack, Uachtarán C.C.E. followed by:


Traditional Concert  featuring
 Sean O'Sé - Singer, Storyteller, Martin Donohue & Seamus Fay, Workshop Tutors, C.C.E. Musicians, Singers and Dancers.




Saturday 31st October                       De Sathairn


11:00am to 4 pm   (Registration at 10:30am)
Music Workshops in Ballintogher (advance Booking essential) Tel. +353(0)71 9164250

Improvers 11:00am to 1:00pm - Lunch 1 -2 pm - Advanced 2:00pm to 4:00pm



Paddy Ryan
Colm O'Donnell
Steph Geremia
Seamus O'Mongain
bulletButton Accordeon
Martin Donoghue
10:30am to 1pm
bulletDancing - Old Traditional Style
with Helen Kilgallen
2pm to 4pm
bulletCeili Dancing
with Vera Meehan
bulletTraditional Singing Session -Morans
with Frank Finn
bulletCeilí- with the SWALLOW'S TAIL CEILI BAND (Blue Devon Hotel, Dromahair)


Sunday 2nd November                      De Domhnaigh

10:00am    Aifreann na Féile St Therese's Church  Ballintogher

10:45 am


Commemoration at John Egan Memorial -followed by Lecture - "WB Yeats and local area" in Morans Ballintogher with Joyce and Martin Enright

5 - 7pm  

Junior Music Session - in Enterprise Centre Ballintogher


9.30 pm Farewell Session  - Donegan's Lounge, Ballintogher

 Enquiries Teresa McCormack Altvelid, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo Irl Tel. +353-(0)71-9164250
Francis Taaffe Tel. +353-(0)71-9164204



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32st Annual Traditional Feis 2009



Junior competitions in Art, Music, Dancing (C.L.R.G.)

Feis enquiries      Pauline Lennon, +353-71-9167766

Music   Teresa McCormack   +353-71-9164250

Art        Mary Mulvaney         +353-71-9164187




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John Egan

Flute player (1903 – 1989)

John Egan was born in 1903 in Ardleybeg, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. John had 4 brothers and 3 sisters. His mother was Ann Callaghan from Coolbock, Riverstown, Co. Sligo.

He started playing the flute at home at a young age. John and his brothers were involved in the local Fife and Drum Band in nearby Sooey. Young people and musicians would congregate in neighbour’s houses a few nights each week, where music would be played, songs would be sung , sets, schottisches, barn dances and the occasional waltz, would be danced.

John spent much of his young days in Callaghans, Coolbock. He learned his first tunes from Andy and James Doyle (Father and Son), flute players from Lackagh, Drumfin, Co. Sligo. At that time he also met and played with flute players Brian Luby and John Joe Gardiner, Corhubber Ballymote. This was where John acquired his initial store of music. He also learned to play the fiddle.

He left Sligo in his early 20’s, to work on the railway in Donegal and London. He married Mary Reynolds from Donegal. They had 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys. He returned to Dublin in 1937 where he worked in Murphy’s pub. He joined The Pipers Club in Dublin and there he met and played with Kathleen Harrington, Pat O’Brien, John Brennan, Bill Davis and John Stenson from Sligo. Also Tom and Joe Liddy, Tim and John Mulligan from Leitrim. He was a member of the Kincora Band. This group produced an LP with rare recordings in the Sligo – Leitrim style of music. On this LP, there is a mix of the Kincora Ceili Band, the Gardiner Trio and the Belhavil Trio. In 1952 John and other musical friends established the St. Mary’s Traditional Music Club, Church St. The Club moved to various venues in Dublin over the years. Up to 100 musicians singers and dancers attended. The sessions continued up until the time of John’s death on the 10th January, 1989.



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Teresa McCormack                +353 (0)71 91 64250 Tourist Office Sligo                  +353 (0)71 91 61201

Fáilte Róimh Gach Einne                              Traditional Pub Sessions Nightly

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