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Rocking the Island.

I finally made the trip to Arranmore Island on yesterday to attend the three day Arranmore Country Fest CPR (Country, Pop and Rock) in conjunction with Donegal Tourism and the Department of Arts and Culture, organised by the Arranmore Country Fest which is led by Thomas Costello (DJ Tubsy)

Local Donegal bands and artists took to the stage on Friday and Saturday finishing up on Sunday night with Conor O Donnell closing the festival.

Those who performed over the weekend included the Tumbling Paddies, the David Craig  band, Cavanagh brothers, the Cufflinks, White Lighting, Humble Earthworms, Elaine Boyle, Paul Gallagher and Mary B.

This was a hugely successful event organized by the main man from the island Thomas Costello otherwise known as DJ Tubsy.

Thanks to Seamus and Louise Boyle from the Arranmore ferry were flat out all weekend, departing from the Port almost every hour. A big thanks to the ladies from the Arranmore Holiday Village who fed us for the day!

The Festival created 350 bed nights which was a massive boost for the island.

It was great to see so many Donegal artists perform on the Island, drawing great crowds from all over.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Thomas Costello for inviting me out and look forward to making a return trip in the summer.

Louise Boyle from Arranmore Ferry.
Michael and Seamus, skippers with Tommy Rosney.

Mary Rose Dullaghan, my companion for the day along with Tommy and Margo Rosney on the boat en route to the Island.

 

The main man Thomas Costello welcomes Tommy Rosney to the Island.
Thanks to Seamus Boyle, Arranmore Ferry for his hospitality.

The 3 lads including singer Conor O Donnell.
Thomas Costello with Conor O Donnell and the security team.
My 2 bodyguards, Conor O Donnell and Thomas!
The sheep even enjoyed the weekend!
The line dancers providing some entertainment, Orla, Grainne, Erica, Bridie and Eibhlin.

Some of the people enjoying the weekend.
\Mary B and Paul Gallagher who entertained on Sunday, Mary B has a great voice.
Matt and Melissa holding on tight!
Terrence O Donnell with Thomas posing on the Island!
David Craig doing an interview with Tommy Rosney.
Margaret and Terrance O Donnell enjoying the entertainment.
Conor O Donnell who closed the show with his parents Con and Noreen.
Helen and Raonaid with Mary B and Paul Gallagher.

The glamour was also out yesterday, Aoife, Niamh and Megan.
On duty at the door were Dennis and Frankie.
Thomas welcoming his guests from Cork.

Mary Rose and myself.

 

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