Mayo County Council Plant tree in memory of Pipe Major

This year’s 2018 Mayo Manchester Tradfest staged a series of events to remember Bill Lisgo (RIP) the pipe major of the award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who recently lost his battle against Cancer.

The first event took place in Castlebar on Friday 3 when the Cathaoirleach (Mayor) of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin and Mayo County Council arranged the planting of a tree in Bill’s memory alongside Lough Lannagh. The Mayo Manchester Tradfest group were joined by representatives from Mayo.ie the diaspora website along with Cllr Blackie Gavin the Cathaoirleach of the County and fellow councillors Michael Kilcoyne, Joe McHale and Martin McLoughlin.

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band marched through Lough Lannagh holiday village to where the tree was to be planted and played Bill's favourite tune 'Sally Gardens' at the spot that had been chosen for the tree which was just over the new bridge and right beside the Lough with afull view of Croagh Patrick in the background on a clear day.

Tony Hennigan the director of Mayo Manchester commented "It was a very emotional event and it meant a great deal to the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and Bill's family and relatives, Bill had been battling cancer for a number of years, but despite his illness he always tried to join in our annual festival in Mayo. It was a lovely gesture by the Cathaoirleach and the Council to arrange such an event and tribute."

Later on the same night the band staged a special 70th anniversary concert in honour of Bill at the Achill Head Hotel and the next day they performed alongside othwr Pipe Bands in an Open Air concert at Scoil Acla on the Island.

Finally the group staged a charity raffle on Saturday 4 August at the Ballina Arts Centr, the money from which is to be donated to The Christie Cancer Hospital.

The Ballina concert was sponsored by the Mayo Association Dublin and is hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club www.alankeegan.com and it featured:

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band www.fiannaphadraigpipeband.org , Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice www.joekeegan.co.uk and Marion Waldron as seen on Sky TV, representing Mayo's Premier Irish Dancing talent are The Jiving Juniors as seen on RTE TV Late Late Show www.facebook.com/jivingjuniors1 and The Turley Duggan Academy of Irish Dancing www.facebook.com/turleyduggan

Mayo's vocal talent was represented by The Centre Stage Vocal Academy www.facebook.com/cenrestagevocalacademy plus singer songwriters Con Murphy www.conmurphymusic.com and Leah Walsh.

For more details about the events visit www.mayomanchester.com