RORY'S ROCK 'N STROLL IN BALLYSHANNON
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Rory's Birthplace - Ballyshannon
Rory Gallagher's connections with his birth place Ballyshannon are as strong now in 2023 as they were in the year of his birth 1948.
Rory was born at the appropriately named Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon on 2nd March 1948 to parents Daniel and Monica. The Gallagher's like many other families in the late 1940's had flocked to Ballyshannon in search of work as the biggest engineering project of its time was underway, the construction of the ESB Hydro Electric Station by the Cementation Company.
Rory's father, Daniel was a tradesman, a talented carpenter who resided at East Port Road, Ballyshannon during that time in an apartment rented to the Gallagher family by the Late Frank O'Neill in the same building as Owen Roe's Bar. The Gallagher's resided in Ballyshannon for four years, but in that time forged great relationships within the community.
RORY REMEMBERED IN BALLYSHANNON
When visiting Ballyshannon for Rory Gallagher Festival 2024, then visit Rory's Places of interest in "Ireland's Oldest Town"
ROCK HOSPITAL - RORY'S BIRTHPLACE
RORY GALLAGHER PLACE - FIRST HOME
RORY GALLAGHER STATUE - BALLYSHANNON
RORY GALLAGHER THEATRE - BALLYSHANNON
ROR GALLAGHER MURAL - BALLYSHANNON
"Locals in Ballyshannon are well-used to Rory Gallagher fans coming to the town as a kind of pilgrimage, especially given that the town is on the Wild Atlantic Way – a bit of fantastic scenery never hurt anywhere’s chances of becoming a tourism hotspot"
"Fans of the Rock Star flock to Ballyshannon for the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, which was established in 2002 and takes place in late May / early June"
"Time to dust off the denim and plan for a road trip
to Ballyshannon this summer, we think" - TheJournal.ie
Rory Gallagher Statue unveiling in Ballyshannon
Rory Gallagher Festival - MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP - 2023