Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Commemoration Committee hosted a free concert on the 7th May in Ballyphehane Community Centre. Acts included Nial Vallely on Concertina, Polyphonics male voice choir, Karan Casey and the Frank Clarke Cork Choir, Clann Éireann, The Celts and The Exiled and Ballyphehane Club Ceoil Performance Group.
To mark the special centenary year, the commemoration committee commissioned a song from John Spillane entitled ‘The Streets of Ballyphehane’, which John performed on the night to a full house. Later, John wrote in his book how he came up with the idea for writing the song like a conversation between a father and son, with the father telling the son about the heroes that the Ballyphehane ‘streets’ are named after.
Thanks John, for writing us such a powerful and stirring song, and thanks to everyone who performed at the concert, it was a truly great night!