In Memory of Peter Bolger

It was with profound sadness that the longer serving members of Ballinrobe Musical Society learned of the recent passing of Mr Peter Bolger, who hailed from Athlone. Peter was a percussionist of extreme talent who, under the baton of the late and much loved Noël Kirrane, set the tempo and kept rhythm for many Ballinrobe productions over the years. He was also a most affable gentleman with an infectious sense of humour. Great memories remain of Peter and some of his fellow musicians, leading some never to be forgotten sing songs into the very small hours of the morning in establishments such as Flannery’s, The Red Door and The Railway Hotel. Hilarious tales are on record of scary winter journeys home after such sessions! One such event occurred about five miles from Ballinrobe when Peter and a car load of fellow jovial troubadours got stuck in a winter flood near Roundfort at an unearthly hour of the morning! Great argument ensued as to who would wade into the flood to push the car to the other side! Peter brought great joy and pleasure to so many by way of his personality and musical gifts. No doubt, he is now enjoying the fruits of his earthly labour, as he plays in that celestial orchestra, no doubt, in the company of his great friend and conductor of many years in Ballinrobe, Mr Noël Kirrane. We extend our deep sympathy to Peter’s family and his many friends. May his good and gentle soul rest in peace.