Brand new Rory Gallagher mural underway in Ballyshannon

The Irish guitarist amassed a global fanbase throughout his career, with hits such as ‘A Million Miles Away’ and ‘What In The World’.

Fans of the legendary rock musician will be delighted to hear of the brand new Rory Gallagher mural underway in Ballyshannon, County Donegal.

The guitarist was born in the town in 1948, where he lived for a short time with his mother and father before moving to Derry in 1949.

Ballyshannon natives are hugely proud of the rock icon who hailed from their small Donegal town. So, the brand new Rory Gallagher mural underway in Ballyshannon will be a welcome addition to the town’s landscape.

Celebrating the musical heritage ‒ one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians

A brand new Rory Gallagher mural is underway in Ballyshannon.
Credit: Lauren O’Connor

Rory Gallagher is one of Ireland’s most successful musicians. He gained a global fanbase throughout his career that spanned four decades, from 1963 to his death in 1995.

Fans of the guitarist travel from all over the world to Ballyshannon to discover the heritage of this legendary musician.

Many visit for the annual Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, a rock and blues music festival named in his honour that takes place in the town every year.

Now, fans visiting the town can check out the impressive new Rory Gallagher mural, which is currently underway in Ballyshannon.

A stunning tribute ‒ a celebration of an Irish music icon

The new Rory Gallagher mural is a welcome addition to the town of Ballyshannon.
Credit: Lauren O’Connor

The new Rory Gallagher mural in Ballyshannon was painted by Irish artist Nik Purdy. A talented painter, his works have appeared throughout Ireland and further afield.

The Ballyshannon Regeneration Group contacted Purdy to paint the mural, which is funded by followers of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival and Donegal County Council.

Fans visiting the town can view the mural in Ballyshannon’s Bridgend area, where it holds pride of place. A welcome addition, the stunning new mural will no doubt attract even more music fans to the area.

Brand new Rory Gallagher mural underway in Ballyshannon ‒ an impressive piece of artwork

Rory Gallagher was one of Ireland's most-loved musicians.
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Barry O’Neill is the chairperson of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival. Speaking on the mural, he said, “This is another proud moment in our 22-year history of commemorating Rory.

“From the very start of the tributes in the town at Rory Gallagher Place to the establishment of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival to the freedom of the town being bestowed posthumously on Rory Gallagher.”

He continued, “It’s very fitting that the space where the mural is being located at the top of the street where Rory first resided with his parents Danny and Monica. It’s also located in the hub of the annual Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival.”

Rory Gallagher fans can also visit the bronze statue of the music icon that sits at the centre of town. Created by sculptor David Annand, the statue has proven to be a huge attraction for the area.

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