Special €15 coin honours Ballyshannon Rocker Rory Gallagher

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Special €15 coin honours Ballyshannon Rocker Rory Gallagher

The new coin officially marks the 70th anniversary of Gallagher’s birth at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, in 1948, where he spent his early years before the family moved to Cork.

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, today Monday, September 17.

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

The unviling event takes place in Áras an Uachtaráin today, 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 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. 

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.

The Legal tender coin with €15 face value to be sold at €60 each as only 3,000 copies being minted.