Katie presented with Jim Cummins Memorial Cup at Rhode concert

A VERY successful concert in memory of the late Jim Cummins took place in Rhode Community Centre on Friday evening last. The concert was well attended and the students attending the traditional music classes provided the entertainment.

A VERY successful concert in memory of the late Jim Cummins took place in Rhode Community Centre on Friday evening last. The concert was well attended and the students attending the traditional music classes provided the entertainment.

The Naoimh Peader Groupa Cheoil performed the programme of tunes they had played at the County Fleadh.

Mrs Frances Cummins and son Declan together with Jim’s granddaughter Rachael attended the concert and Declan and Rachael performed on stage together in honour of Jim.

Declan later presented the Jim Cummins memorial cup to Kate Griffin from Killeigh who was this year’s winner at the Fleadh in Banagher.

Kevin Bracken who won 4 under 12 medals at the County Fleadh entertained the attendance with two tunes which got him 2nd place in the button accordion competition. Have a look elsewhere in this edition for some pictures of the occasion.

During the evening a minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Pat Jones who passed away a few weeks ago.

A quiz which Pat had prepared before his death will take place later in the year.

In other news a two hour seisúin will take place on Thursday June 21 next, the longest day, in Killeen’s lounge Rhode to celebrate International Music Day.

This event is being promoted by Comhaltas groups all over the world to highlight the benefit of traditional music in our lives.

More on this later.

Don’t forget that the Edenderry Grupa cheoil who recorded a CD recently and will launch it on 26th May 26 in the Bridge House Tullamore. This promises to be a brilliant musical occasion and one not to be missed. So go along enjoy the night.

More information on Offaly Comhaltas facebook page.

Rhode Comhaltas will hold their next Seisúin in Killeen’s on the first Friday in June.

And don’t forget to become friends with our Facebook page at Rhode Comhaltas.

See this week’s Offaly Express for extensive photographic coverage