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Saturday 20 July 2024
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Old custom of “Dancing at the Crossroads” alive and well in North Cork

The old tradition and historic custom of open air cross roads dancing will resume at Laharn Cross, Lombardstown, Mallow this Sunday, 4th June 2017.

Situated on the foot of Baelic Mountain in the heart of North Cork, Laharn Cross is the location where people gather each and every Sunday night throughout the summer months from 8 – 10pm. Large crowds will step it out on the raised timber platform to dance the night away to live music to bands such as Peter Lane & Blackwater Sound, The Lee Sound, Patrick & Conor O’ Sullivan, Mike, Helen & Southern Pride plus many many more.

Waltzes, quicksteps, foxtrots, not to mention polkas, shoe the donkey and the siege of Ennis, are the order of the evening for the hundreds of enthusiastic dancers who gather for two hours to dance the night at this historic crossroads whose name is rapidly becoming a household word throughout Munster.

Pat Cranitch, Chairman of Laharn Community Action LTD said “the tradition of dancing at the crossroads is alive and well here at Laharn Cross and it is marvellous to see both young and old taking part. We look forward to a great summer of entertainment. Everyone is invited; the fun is free, though we do ask people to contribute a few euros in the donation boxes which go towards the cost of the live bands”.

Don’t be feared about wet summer evenings – it’s only a stones throw to Laharn Heritage Centre where the dancing can continue if the weather isn’t favourable. The centre is located about one kilometre away from Laharn Cross.

Gerome Coakley & The Lee Sound kicks off proceedings on this Sunday 4th June 2017. Bands appearing at Laharn Cross for the month of June are as follows:

Sun 11th June Catriona & High Country

Sun 18th June Mike, Helen & Southern Pride

Sun 25th June Billy O’ Brien & The Shine Band