John McCullagh July 14, 2004

It is now Sunday afternoon and after dinner my wife and I will go to Rostrevor for the opening of the Fiddler’s Green Festival.  I shall avoid the Derry self-publicist and listen to Burn the Whins.  This is a highly-talented local (Mayobridge) folk group that includes mandolin player Robbie Dinsmore and multi-instrumental singer/songwriter Loretta Phillips.  […]

John McCullagh July 6, 2004

So inured have we grown to the hyperbolic cant of advertisers that we might welcome as a refreshing breeze the opposite attitude of deliberate understatement.  The Fiddler’s Green Festival in Rostrevor was introduced so; you might say with a whisper rather than a fanfare.  No matter.  Anything so good would sell itself.   Still I […]

John McCullagh April 28, 2004

Warrenpoint has suddenly become our cultural Mecca!  No sooner are we over the huge triumph of the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals [Confined] that we are pitched straight into the Blues on the Bay Festival! Now I’ve made it clear before that I consider this Festival to be the highlight of the cultural year and the […]

John McCullagh March 8, 2004

Rosaleen Beattie shared her memories of rural life in South Armagh over six decades. ‘Most farmhouses were self-sufficient in past days, with milk cows, stores, calves, horses, pigs, a few sheep, goats, turkeys, geese, ducks, hens as well as a wide variety of crops.  In summer the sound of mowing machines filled the air.  The […]

John McCullagh October 30, 2003

There’s something special about witnessing birth. I was there for all of ours (our children) and these were the highlights of my life. I witnessed the birth of a star last weekend. Have no doubt, those lucky enough to have attended Denise Hagan‘s two concerts at the Town Hall on Friday and Saturday will boast […]