The Arts Centre keeps the home fires burning

As part of the Roscommon Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and in memory of World War I, the Galway Percy French Society and Patrick Kavanagh Western Association, hosted a concert of music and dance, poetry, song and story, inspired by the Great War, entitled: Keep the Home Fires Burning at Roscommon Arts Centre recently.

  The event was also part of the Roscommon Diaspora and Town Twinning/Sister Cities Partnerships programme, which took place recently.

  The presentation captured the thoughts and narratives of renowned war and soldier poets including Rupert Brooke, Laurence Binyon, Margaret Cole, Mae Herschel-Clark, Tom Kettle, Francis Ledwidge, John McCrae, Patrick McGill and W.B Yeats. The unforgettable melodies of Jerome Kern, Ivor Novello, Jack Judge, Eric Bogle, Fred Weatherly, Harry Lauder, John Keegan Casey and Cormac McConnell were captured by Deirdre Curley, contralto, Pat O’Sullivan, tenor, and Eamon Shevlin, bass baritone.

  There was also wry humour from the pen of Percy French! Patrick Kavanagh, ten-years-old when war was declared, was also remembered. 

  The cast included Eamon Shevlin and Pat O’Sullivan, who are members of Galway Choral Association and Deirdre Curley, who is a member of Ancór Chamber Choir, Limerick. Music from areas around the world touched by the war was provided by violinist, Ide Ni Fhaolain, Cepta Byrne on button accordion accompanied by Deirdre Curley on piano, with dance performances from Pat and Connie O’Sullivan, Dolores Wright and Terry Coogan.