After a very long winter, Music at the Gate is back to fill streets of Drogheda with traditional Irish music, song and dance.
Taking place on Saturday 5th May from 10.30am to 2.00pm at Saint Laurence’s Gate, this free event is open to everyone.
Founder of #MusicAtTheGate Darragh Ó hÉiligh explains “This is an open music session with the magnificent St Laurence’s Gate as our backdrop. Musicians from all over Leinster will be there to play. Locals are invited to sit in on the session, to sing or to dance. Drop along at any stage on Saturday and enjoy the music and fun.”
He continues “We’re thrilled to be joined at May’s #MusicAtTheGate by dancers from the world-renowned Ní Chearra Ó Baoláin School of Irish Dancing. They’ll perform on the day but they’ll also encourage the audience to join them and learn a few steps.”
Darragh, an internationally recognised Uileann Piper, explains “With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann arriving in Drogheda in August, a visit to #MusicAtTheGate is a great way of introducing children to Ireland’s living traditions of Irish music, language, song and dance.”
Music at the Gate takes place during the Drogheda Arts Festival so there’s lots more to do afterwards including the free family day on St Dominic’s Park in the afternoon.
This is the fourth #MusicAtTheGate event in the series. The event started back in September, just weeks after the closure of St. Laurence’s Gate to traffic. Darragh, who is passionate about heritage, tradition and music, saw the opportunity to make the space under the Gate a performance space. He galvanised musicians and other supporters from the community to help make his idea into a reality. And what a success it has been. Each event attracts an average of 800 people over the course of the 3½ hour session.
Darragh concludes “Find out more visiting www.MusicAtTheGate.ie and follow us on Facebook. It promises to be a great session of music, song and dance – we look forward to welcoming a great crowd.”
#MusicAtTheGate is proudly supported by Design Gallery, Order of Malta, Louth County Council, Drogheda Arts Festival and Ireland’s Ancient East.