On 10th July, the Ulster Scots community of Bendooragh enjoyed an evening of the best traditional crack that featured the cream of local talent. The Orange Hall played host to the event organised by Bendooragh & District Community Association with a mix of stories, songs, music and poetry. Led by Charlie Gillen, the stories and banter flowed and the hall rocked with laughter as Charlie got into his stride. Alan Wade entertained the crowd with periodic tunes on the pipes and everyone appreciated the songs and renditions from Noel Devenney. A similar event was held last year with the same acts but this year Charlie Reynolds was added to the billing and recieved the same enthusiastic applause as the others.
The evening of entertainment lasted a good two hours and no one saw the time pass. It did us all good to sit back and enjoy the crack and enjoy the rich Ulster Scots language, music and literary talent from our own area. The Community Association would like to thank the ambassadors of our culture for bringing such cheer to the village on such a dismal night and also everyone who supplied and served refreshments. We would exhort other groups throughout Ulster to organise similar events so the Ulster Scots culture can be enjoyed and promoted by everyone.