CIT to unveil plaque for blues great Rory

CIT to unveil plaque for blues great Rory

Rory Gallagher on stage in 1972. He performed his final Irish concert at CIT in 1993. The college will unveil a plaque in his honour on Thursday.

LEGENDARY musician Rory Gallagher is set to be commemorated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) who will unveil a plaque in his honour on Thursday, March 1.

The ceremony takes place just one day before what would have been Gallagher's 70th birthday and is one of a number of events taking place throughout the city.

The plaque, a raised panel with a simple inscription and photo of the musician, is being mounted in the West Atrium in the Bishopstown Campus, the space where Gallagher performed his final Irish concert.

The unveiling will be performed by Dónal Gallagher, Rory’s brother at 1pm and will be followed with a performance of some of Rory’s music by critically acclaimed Belgian guitarist Jacques Stotzem.

Gallagher played his final Irish concert in the West Atrium in CIT on 18th November 1993 as the headline artist of the inaugural Cork Arts Fest.

“I was lucky enough to be there myself and it was an absolutely fabulous performance,” said Peter Somers, Timetabling Coordinator of CIT.

“I say that having seen him previously at the Macroom Mountain Dew Festival, several times in Cork City Hall, at the Lark By The Lee and also in the Everyman Palace Theatre.

“Long before ‘Unplugged’ concerts became fashionable Rory’s concerts always contained 3 or 4 acoustic numbers so for him to play an entirely acoustic show here was a huge bonus for the thousand fans who were able to obtain tickets,” he added.

“His concert was the highlight of the inaugural Cork Arts Fest and was also an acknowledgement of his uncle – the late Jim Roche who was the first Principal of the then Regional Technical College – with whom Rory had a very close bond.” 

Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and brought up in Cork, Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. His albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Gallagher received a liver transplant in 1995, but died of complications later that year in London at the age of 47.

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