Athlone welcomed the members of the St. Mary’s Gaelic Class (Limerick) on a special excursion train, igniting enthusiasm among the locals. Despite a rainy morning, the afternoon’s weather cleared, allowing for a grand open-air concert in the Fair Green, which attracted thousands.
A spacious platform was erected, and attendees enjoyed a variety of Irish music, song, and dance performances. The event sought to emphasize the importance of celebrating and preserving Irish culture, and the talent showcased during the concert exemplified the potential within their own community.
Even after the concert concluded, a large crowd escorted the Limerick visitors back to the train station, offering them a warm and energetic farewell as they departed. In the spirit of Irish unity and pride, Athlone proved to be an excellent host for the Gaelic gathering and demonstrated the power of cultural connections within Ireland.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 19 August 1902