1950s Glamour to be restored: The front of the Rainbow Ballroom is to restored to the former glory of the 1950s. The painted black and white signage will evoke fond memories of the iconic image of the late, great John McGivern standing in front of the dancehall with his arms outstretched to welcome all to the world’s original “Ballroom of Romance”.
The Rainbow on Scottish TV: Many thanks to the caller who ‘phoned from Scotland and left a voicemail on Thursday night to say that there was a programme shown on Scottish TV about “The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance” and Leitrim. (We have not had time to research this yet, but we are looking forward to finding out more details).
Appeal for play equipment: Anyone in the parish that would be willing to lend robust play-equipment to the Glenfarne Gala Sports Day on Sunday, 4th August; please contact Glenfarne Community Development on 071 9856831. Much appreciated.
Heritage Night: It will soon be festival time in Glenfarne... This year’s Glenfarne Gala Festival will run from 1st to 5th August and there will be an interesting new event called “Heritage Night” on Friday, 2nd August at 8pm. There will be story-telling and a nostalgic look on the big screen at the Leitrim Team as Connacht Champions coming back to Glenfarne; also snippets from a Heritage evening at the Rainbow – it all happened nineteen years ago. Extracts from the CD shown on the night will show Charlie Cullen getting shaved with the old fashioned cut-throat razor; Mrs White making bread on the old hearth fire (one cake got slightly burned); the Evans brothers making scythe-stones and many more crafts can be seen taking place. More Gala news is to follow, so keep an eye on this space for more updates.
The Seven Glens: Visitors might be interested to know that “Gleann Fhearna” means “Glen of the Alders”. Glenfarne is one of the seven famous, beautiful “North Leitrim Glens”; Glenfarne, Glencar, Glenaniff, Glenboy, Glenkeel, Gleniff, Glenade.
Festival Dancing Nights: Get your dancing shoes ready! All roads will lead to “The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance” during the 44th Annual Glenfarne Gala Festival! The Nathan Carter and his band dance will start at 11pm on Thursday, 1st August; and on Sunday, 4th August Philomena Begley and her band “The New Ramblin’ Men”, featuring Aidan Quinn will also take to the stage at 11pm. Two fabulous festival nights that you won’t want to miss!
Glenfarne Gala 10k: You will never walk or run on a more scenic multi-terrain 10K course that the Glenfarne 10K! The A.A.I. approved race will take place on Saturday, 3rd August at 1pm and will start at St Mary’s Park, Glenfarne. Entry fee is €10. See the Glenfarne community website for more information.
Gala Festival Meeting: There will be at Glenfarne Gala Festival meeting tonight, Wednesday, 10 July at 8pm in Cullentragh Centre. New members are always welcome.