Ballyshannon museum to get vintage mandolin that Rory Gallagher played

An event with a difference will take place in Ballyshannon this Friday morning.

The Ballyshannon and District Museum will hold a reception to mark the handing over of a vintage musical instrument that was found in a rubbish bin in Belfast in the early 1970s.

It’s a George La Foley mandolin from the 1920s that was restored, and which was played by the late great rock and blues performer Rory Gallagher, a native of Ballyshannon.

The handover of the instrument coincides with the Rory Gallagher International Festival that’s taking place in Ballyshannon this weekend, stating this Thursday evening.

Shane Toolan of Ballyshannon and District Museum has been telling Ocean FM News the background story about the vintage mandolin.