Plaque unveiled at Kilteevan school

Another successful annual South Roscommon Singers Festival took place last weekend. This year’s festivities were boosted by the presence of descendants of Annie McNulty, who visited the area for the duration of the Festival.    The South Roscommon Singers Festival, incorporating The Annie McNulty Award, is a weekend of traditional singing and storytelling incorporating workshops, recitals, concert, award presentation and sessions galore.    The Festival is organised in memory of Annie McNulty and the McNulty family who were major recording and performing stars in the United States for many decades in the early and mid 20 th century.    Annie McNulty was born Annie Burke in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon in  1887.     Last weekend two grandchildren of Annie McNulty, Patricia and Jim Grogan, travelled from the USA to attend the Festival. They were accompanied by Courtney Grogan, daughter of Jim and great-grandchild of Annie McNulty.    On Friday morning there was a very special plaque unveiled at Kilteevan N.S. This was in recognition of the fact that Annie McNulty gave her first concert in Kilteevan N.S. one hundred years ago, on 24 February, 1907.    This week Mr. Declan Coyne of the South Roscommon Singers Circle acknowledged the sponsorship of the plaque by Mr. Brian Murray.    Meanwhile, one of the oldest residents in the area, John Mooney, presented a piece of bog oak to the American visitors on behalf  of the people of Kilteevan and Kilteevan N.S.