Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

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Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby RobertaSparrow » 17 Dec 2014, 18:40

I was thinking about this, how popular the festival in Ballyshannon is compared to the Cork Rocks for Rory a week later. When I think about it though, aside from his birth in Ballyshannon, did Rory have much real connection to that place? Born at the Rock Hospital, baptized in the church there, and spent part of his infancy there, but he did not really grow up there. Here in this interview, he jokes about it a little:



Beginning at 0:12 -
Gay: This guy was born in the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon. Is that what they call it?
Rory: I believe so, yeah. I don't remember it meself, but . . I believe the hospital is still there, as far as I know, but, they didn't put the plaque up yet, you know, so . . .
Gay: Any day now, Rory, any day now.
Rory: They're working at it . . .
Gay: So, how come you came to live in Cork, then? What was that all about?
Rory: I dunno, various reasons, but that's where I grew up really, and went to school . . .


In the interview he doesn't really emphasize much of a connection or affinity for Ballyshannon. But he speaks of growing up, going to school, buying his famous Strat, and forming the first Taste there in Cork. He is laid to rest in St. Oliver's in Cork. So why is it that Cork does not embrace one of their most famous sons?

Don't get me wrong, I think it's wonderful that the festival in Ballyshannon has become so big, and that they have that wonderful statue of Rory in the town, but in his adult life, did Rory have much of a connection with it? I know he did with Ireland in general, and he was famous in Belfast and Dublin, but he called Cork his home.

I think it is a shame that Cork doesn't see the treasure they have, the potential to have a huge celebration for him there where Crowley's was located, where his family home was, where he joined up with the showband and learned his trade?

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby capo » 21 Dec 2014, 17:04

Just to see, I went to Cork's Wiki site, and they do name check Rory, along with other famous musical acts from Cork, but that's all. Theres a site called "Trip Advisor" you can go to and type in a City's name. Interesting, they rank as the 23rd top attraction out of 69 Rory's gravesite at St. Olivers Cemetery. The "Cork City Guide" online, under top monuments and sites, list no Rory related attractions. This was not a serious study, just a few minutes time, but it shows how little they (Cork) advertise Rory's connections to the city.
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Re: Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby Jay Jay » 23 Dec 2014, 10:30

capo wrote:This was not a serious study, just a few minutes time, but it shows how little they (Cork) advertise Rory's connections to the city.


Even with a serious study Capo..
I would think Rory Fans worldwide, will be a little disappointed that the majority of Rory's hometown folk do not think highly enough as he should be thought of IMHO. Compare my name sake for instance James Joyce (author). Dublin celebrates his works with about 10 to 12 / exhibition places / monuments, in the city centre. Mr J Joyce IMHO did not compose or work any harder / better, or achieve anymore in his career / lifetime than Mr R Gallagher did either??
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Re: Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby RobertaSparrow » 05 Jan 2015, 17:18

Yes, I have to agree. Although I think that there are a lot of Cork residents that would support the Cork Rocks for Rory event and other things. I have to think it's the leadership in the city that is dropping the ball there, and I chalk it up to shortsightedness or maybe the myopic institutionalized conservative mindset as we have in some localities over here, that would snub him because he was a rock star, a blues man, and an independent thinker.

I am not much of an Elvis fan, but there are quite a few of his earlier things that I have on my iPod. But if I was an Elvis fan, I think I would compare going to Graceland where Elvis lived as like going to Cork.

Going to Ballyshannon to honor Rory is more like an Elvis fan going to Vegas to hear people do the music. But I don't know that Rory himself ever played in Ballyshannon. Unless you include him playing as a very young child. :lol:
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Re: Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby Jay Jay » 06 Jan 2015, 09:18

Jay Jay wrote:Going to Ballyshannon to honor Rory is more like an Elvis fan going to Vegas to hear people do the music.


Oh no no no Cynthia. I hope the good friendly folk of Ballyshannon don't see your post :mrgreen:
Comparing Ballyshannon with Vegas is like comparing chalk with cheese :lol:
They are a million miles away from each other. Well a few thousand. You'll more likely to find more resemblance in Cork City.. maybe a casino and lap-dancing clubs in there?? Nothing like that in the small friendly town of Ballyshannon.
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Re: Rory's connections to Cork or Ballyshannon?

Postby RobertaSparrow » 06 Jan 2015, 10:30

Jay Jay wrote: . . . I hope the good friendly folk of Ballyshannon don't see your post :mrgreen: . . .


:shock: :shock: :shock: :? Perhaps I should have phrased that better. In my defense, I will point out that I am home with the flu, and heavily medicated. :lol: :lol:

I wasn't meaning to compare the crazy and somewhat Sodom and Gomorrah aspect of Vegas to the charming, peaceful and scenic Ballyshannon. I was thinking more of Rory, which of those two towns would he have called home. He was born in Ballyshannon, and he often spoke of all of Ireland as being his home, but where, when he went home for Christmas or Easter, which place did he see as his home?

8-) Going to his hometown-

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