Flamboyant Senator David Norris launched the County Leitrim Percy French Society in Mohill last Friday night to the background of song, music and some hilarious sketches!
The society was set up in appreciation of the hugely talented man who immortalised the local area of South Leitrim and West Cavan in song and word in the early 1900s. The launch took place in Hunt Hall, Mohill, where the great Percy French himself performed in back in 1914.
Percy French (1854- 1920), born outside Elphin, Co Roscommon was a man of many talents, he wrote and performed numerous popular songs, parodies, plays, and also was a keen painter of watercolours.
Tish Dunleavy was joined by friends and members of the new society to sing and perform some of the very popular works of Percy French, who often visited Leitrim during his creative years. The society hope to build on his local work and to host a number of workshops in his honour, with a longterm goal of setting up a Percy French Festival in the county.
The opening night was hugely entertaining for all those who turned out - the audience sung along to the songs they knew so well and laughed at the specially produced sketch written by Frank Cadam and performed by the Killyrann wrackers.
The County Leitrim Percy French society joins numerous groups in his name around Ireland and internationally. The new society hopes to educate us all on this man’s amazing observation of ordinary Irish people. The society is an open group and will welcome any new member with open arms!