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Musicians of Shannon gathered for Culture Night outside the Hope Café in a bid to bring the back the arts back to the town with a bang.

‘Coming Together Again’ was the theme for Culture Night across Co Clare with the title of ‘Le Chéile Arís’ adapted in Shannon.

Funded by the Clare Arts Office, musicians of Shannon gathered to put on the show which included live performances from Benz Kristopher, Ali Hayes and Colm McGuinness. The bands on show were StageFright, David Hope accompanied by Liam Boyle and Kealen Kenny, Sticky Fingers and Mangled Badgers.

Emily O’Callaghan was the host on the night with others to appear on the live stream including Youth in Music, Adam Moloney, Cyril O’Donoghue and Blackie O’Connell with a tribute to the late Paul ‘Swive” O’Donoghue, Muse Productions, The Kirby Sisters, Shannon Gospel Choir, Amherst Writers and a beautiful tribute to the late Pat Costello from the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Damian O’Rourke of Cuppa Tea TV was one of the main organisers of the event along with Niamh O’Callaghan, Madge O’Callaghan and Elton Good. O’Rourke was also behind the camera with the event streamed live online.

Lighting and sound was provided by Mike McGrath of Unit 5 Audio Services and Chris Walshe from Hippo Sound and Lighting. On the switcher was Pat Clarke-Browne while praise has also been heaped on Jacquie Murphy of St Patricks Comprehensive for designing online posters in advance of the night and “local hero” Joe Buckley for capturing the occasion from behind the lens.

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