Popular RTÉ presenter to visit Silverbridge club

September 7, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

This weekend, Silverbridge GFC will host a special concert to welcome the well-known and renowned RTE broadcaster Donncha Ó Dulaing to the club.

Presenter of the popular ‘Fáilte Isteach’ programme on RTÉ Radio 1, Mr Ó Dulaing’s visit is the fulfilment of a promise made earlier this year when he was unable to honour an invitation to visit as part of a sponsored walk commemorating the Flight of the Earls.

The concert, commencing at 9.00pm on Friday September 11th, will feature some of south Armagh’s most talented musicians and will be broadcast during the presenter’s Saturday night show later this month.

In April Mr Ó Dulaing led a sponsored walk to commemorate the now famous journey by Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, Rory O’Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, the Maguires of Fermanagh and dozens of elite soldiers and scholars who, on September 14th 1607, set out on their journey from Donegal to Europe seeking refuge and assistance for their cause in Ireland.  The event became known as ‘The Flight of the Earls’, marking the end of an ancient Irish order that had survived over 1,000 years and made way for the plantation of Ulster.

Commemorating this historic period in Irish history, the ‘2010 Flight of the Earls Walk’ was initiated to raise funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association.  The ambitious project involved a series of walks across the country and the local leg of the tour included a stop-off at Silverbridge club for rest and refreshments.

Unfortunately, Donncha was forced to miss this leg of the walk and, expressing his regret at not being able to visit the area, he made a promise to return to show his appreciation to the club and local participants in the walk.  This Friday he will fulfil that promise.

Ann Connolly, on behalf of Silverbridge GFC, says the club is honoured to welcome the popular presenter to the area.

“Silverbridge club is both delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to welcome Donncha Ó Dulaing to the area.  Donncha is a household name across the country and his popular Fáilte Isteach programme on RTÉ radio is enjoyed by thousands of listeners every week. We in Silverbridge are delighted that he will get to sample some of the fantastic musical talent we have in our own area.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for these musicians to be featured on the Fáilte Isteach programme on RTÉ radio,” she said.

Among the impressive line-up of acts performing on the night are the musicians from the Ring of Gullion Comhaltas in Forkhill and several other finalists from the recent All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.  Young singers, dancers and musicians who represented Silverbridge in Scór na nÓg earlier this year will also take part.

Everyone is welcome to attend and be a part of this significant and celebratory occasion.

Session musicians are particularly welcome to join in an end-of-evening traditional music seisiún.