27 Sept 2022

In Pictures: Great night in Portarlington for The Bridge Céilí Band

New CD launched at the The East End Hotel

Portarlington Comhaltas Branch drew a great crowd from far and wide to to launch a new CD recording of The Bridge Ceili Band 'Curlews over Coolnafearagh'.

The Bridge Ceili Band and was formed on Thursday 7th May 1970 at the Girl's Club on Foxcroft Street in Portarlington. Its members came from a twenty-four mile radius of the town.

The band was called The Bridge Céilí Band because the leader Eugene Nolan came from Monasterevin, which is noted for its bridges, and in particular the Pass Bridge, at the foot of which Eugene Nolan lived when the band was formed.

The Bridge Céilí Band have entered the Fleadh Cheoil Céilí Band competition twelve times. They have won the All Ireland competition six times - 1970, 1973, 1974, 1992, 1996 and 1998.

The launch takes place on at 9pm on Saturday 28th of April last in the East End Hotel, Portarlington.

Photographer Michael Scully went along for the Leinster Express.

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