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Declan Ryan

The Lord Mayor and County Mayor of Cork, Presents to the Family of Declan Ryan our Tribute Award 2019 is in grateful appreciation for his lifetime contribution to the Musical Culture and Heritage of Cork. Sadly Declan passed away on 18 th March 2019 taking from our midst another showband legend. Declan, in 1965 with the Regal Showband had a huge hit with "I Need You" Following which He formed the Arrivals showband. In the early 1960’s Declan toured around Ireland and England and further Read more [...]

Professor John A. Murphy

Born in Macroom, reputedly ‘the town that never reared a fool’ or a rather subtle variant, ‘There was never a fool that came out of Macroom’. All four grandparents came from within a five mile radius of the town so that I could boast of a pure West Cork lineage! The storied river Sullane flowed through Macroom, becoming part of the River Lee some miles to the east. As boys, we frequently walked up over Sleaveen to the scenic pre-flood Gearagh. Irish was still spoken in Cúil Aodha and Read more [...]

Ronnie O’Shaughnessy

Ronnie O`Shaughnessy has been involved in almost every aspect of Cork theatre for a considerable number of years, as actor, singer and musical director. As a musical performer she appeared with all the leading musical societies in Cork. She was musical director for the annual Pantomime and Summer Revels at the Opera House for over twenty years. Ronnie`s happiest memory is her introduction to the stage at St. Aloysius School production of a Gilbert and Sullivan Musical. Her teacher brought James Read more [...]

Dr Éamon Lankford

Éamon Lankford, whose parents Séamus Lankford and Siobhán Creedon -Lankford were cultural nationalists, grew up in an Irish speaking household in the north side of Cork city. He was educated at Blackpool Primary School and An Mhodh Scoil, Corcaigh and thereafter at De La Salle College, Waterford. He pursued a B.A. degree and H.Dip. in Ed. at University College Cork. He worked as Area Manager for Gael Linn in Counties Cork , and Kerry in the 1960s, organising cultural activities throughout Munster, Read more [...]

Jim Mountjoy, Pearce Harvey, Ray Fitzgerald

Jim Mountjoy former past pupil of PBC commenced his business career on South Mall before joining staff of Aerlingus and worked from Patrick St. office. He then undertook management of Lucey Bros. dance organization which included Redbarn, Youghal, Majorca, Crosshaven and the Grand Parade headquarters. He then moved to the Metropole Hotel as marketing manager. Faced with filling the Metropole Hotel after a National Bridge Conference cancelled, over the newly created October Bank Holiday in 1978 Read more [...]