Chairperson of the Festival Barry O'Neill said "this is another proud moment in our 22 year history of commerating Rory, from the very start of the tributes in the town at Rory Gallagher Place to the establishment of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival to the freedom of the town being bestowed posthumously on Rory Gallagher, to the main theatre at the Abbey Arts Centre being renamed the Rory Gallagher Theatre to the commissioning and completion of the Rory Gallagher life size bronze statue by sculptor David Annand and now the first mural at the Bridgend in Ballyshannon of Rory".
"It's very fitting the space where the Mural is being located at the top of the street where Rory first resided with his parents Danny and Monica and its also located in the hub of the annual Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival. On behalf of the Festival we thank everybody to date for their input and involvement, we thank the Gallagher Family for their support Donal, Eoin and Daniel and we wish the artist Nik Purdy well with his work in the coming days. We thank Sheerin Painting & Decorating for preparing the wall in recent days and especially thank all Rory fans who initiated this project with their support at last years amazing Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon"
Rory Gallagher Festival Shop 2023