Ballyfad heritage on the world wide

Folklorist MICHAEL FORTUNE and CLLR FIONNTAN Ó SUILLEABHÁIN who performed the launch of A Ramble Through Time in Ballyfad Hall last night.

By Dan Walsh

A series of interviews with local people in the Ballyfad area are available on the world wide web following last night’s launch of ‘A Ramble Through Time – Vol. 4 and 5, by local Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, Leas-Cathaoirleach of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, held in Ballyfad Hall.

The work was done by well-known folklorist, Michael Fortune, a few years ago, however due to the death of the parish priest of Kilanerin Fr. Donal Berney (August 24th 2019), and two years of the pandemic lockdown, it has taken until now for the work to be launched and it is universally available on the internet via

“It was a great event and many of the people involved were here tonight to hear Michael Fortune who played excerpts from the recordings, and I wish to thank Michael for his great work with the community over a number of years,” concluded Cllr Ó Súilleabháin.

Amongst the locals who appear in the visual recordings are Tom Cullen, Mary Fortune, Joe Miller, Peter Kelly, Maureen Cullen, Tom Boland, Kathleen Kinsella, Eileen O’Sullivan, Paddy and Nellie Murray, and Cllr Ó Súilleabháin.

AUDIO ADDITION; CLLR FIONNTÁN Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN speaking at the launch of A Ramble Through Time in Ballyfad Hall last night.

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