Thousands of music fans are basking in glorious sunshine and enjoying a great line-up of international acts at the Rory Gallagher Festival.
Fans have travelled to Donegal from all round the world to pay tribute to the legendary Ballyshannon-born guitarist and soak up the rock-fest atmosphere.
People who were gathered at the Rory Gallagher statue this lunchtime had come from Kildare, Tipperary, Cork, Sheffield, Birmingham, Rennes and Munich.
Acts that all of those fans said they were most excited about seeing were Wilko Johnson and the Blockheads and the Band of Friends featuring Gallagher’s band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with Dutch guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel.
In total, 25 acts will perform on 15 stages during the four-day event which began on Thursday and runs until Sunday evening. There are also numerous exhibitions, acoustic sessions and other fringe activities taking place for the duration of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Now in its 14th year, this festival has gone from strength and is a great boost for the Erneside town.
And from talking to people in Ballyshannon today it is clear that 21 years after his death, Rory Gallagher’s light continues to burn as brightly as ever.
One emotional French fan told Donegal Now: “Rory, he was the best. He was genius. I come here every year and for me it is like he is here too.”
Further information and updates can be found at www.rorygallagherfestival.com
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