President Michael D  Higgins will host an event to mark the unveiling of a new commemorative coin in honour of the legendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher on Monday. 

Rory was born in the appropriately named Rock Hospital, Ballyshannon in the south Donegal Town in 1948. 

The Rory Gallagher statue in Ballyshannon

At the event, which takes place in Áras an Uachtaráin, Central Bank Governor Philip R. Lane will present the Rory Gallagher silver coin to President Higgins.

Rory Gallagher’s brother, Dónal Gallagher, a regular visitor to Ballyshannon over many years and coin designer Michael Guilfoyle will also be presented with a coin.

The late Rory Gallagher in classic pose. The Ballyshannon legend is to be honoured with a new commemorative coin

The coin, produced by the Central Bank of Ireland, is the first in a series of three honouring modern Irish musicians.

It will be followed by a Phil Lynott coin in 2019 and a Luke Kelly coin in 2020. 

President Higgins previously paid tribute to Irish legendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, dedicating the board room at Fender Guitars Irish offices.

The President paid tribute to Rory and spoke of his ability as a live performer.

Rory Gallagher commemorative coin

On the 20th anniversary of the singer’s death, in 2015, the President had spoken of his admiration for Gallagher, his talent and his lasting influence on rock music.

The annual Rory Gallagher International Festival draws thousands of fans and music lovers to the banks of the Erne in Ballyshannon every June Bank holiday.


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