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first_img Pinterest TAGSBallyhupahaunRainbow People Council WhatsApp Twitter By Siun Lennon – 22nd August 2018 Facebook A Hollywood director in their wildest dreams couldn’t script the events that happened in the small townsland of Ballyhupahaun, Rosenallis, 25 years ago.On August 25, 1993, a group of over 2,000 ‘Rainbow Gatherers’ came from all over Europe to share in peace and love, and earned national media attention for themselves and for the quaint townsland.The gathering made all the headlines, with people from near and far scrambling to see these fascinating Rainbow people. Reports even suggest that former Taoiseach Charles Haughey flew over Ballyhupahaun in an aeroplane to catch a glimpse of the celebrities of the summer in their talking circle and black hat.To mark the 25 year anniversary of this astonishing gathering, Midlands 103 broadcaster Ann-Marie Kelly spoke to the Rosenallis landowner Mick Clear, former Mountmellick Garda sergeant Joe Marshall and journalist John Whelan, who lived among the Rainbow gatherers, and published a book about his experiences.Many thought that these unusual visitors to quiet, rural Ireland would have been chased away – but it was quite the opposite, as landowner Mick Clear explained in the Midlands 103 broadcast.“I always remember ’93 as being my best year,” said the Rosenallis man. Six people came to visit Mick and his wife Maureen, to ask if they could stay on his 30 acres of land for the Rainbow Gathering.“So six of them landed here to me, someone had sent them to me. They decided on Ballyhupahaun because they wanted 30 acres with plenty of water.“The first thing I had to do was go into the Garda Siochana to get permission from them. I was skeptical because I thought the sergant would say no,” Mick admitted.However Garda sergeant Joe Marshall surprised the cynics and gave the Rainbow Gathering the go-ahead.Welcomed with open arms “He welcomed them all with open arms,” Mick said.Joe said his recent diagnosis of cancer at the time was a major catalyst for letting the Rainbow folk gather in Rosenallis.“I have to say that what I went through – I did appreciate life. I appreciated people and the small things. I appreciated people’s feelings and what they do and everything like that. That’s really why I took them on and gave them an open way to do their thing,” explained Joe.The former Garda sergeant also enjoyed visiting the gathering, and even sampled what the Rainbow folk had to offer.“When I went up to Ballyhupahaun, felt like I was going up Mount Everest at the time! I got this cup of stuff and sure I was feeling great after it!“I did see one or two mushrooms floating around in it, but that didn’t deny me from taking another one. I struggled down the hill but came back up like a butterfly!” Joe laughed.Joe wasn’t the only local to join in in the festivities. Rosenallis parish priest Father Walshe also visited the Rainbow tribe. “We’ll have to get them down to Mass some evening and ask them to bring the magic hat!”Mick described the scene as thousands of people descended on Rosenallis for the occasion.“The road outside our house was the same as the road heading into Croke Park of an All-Ireland day.”The Rainbow people were completely self-sufficient and had a medical centre, kitchen, and even a creche and playground – but they still remained au naturale most of the time.“Sure they were all in the river washing and all, sure they wouldn’t have too much on them,” Mick laughed.“Everyone here people loved them, they were all for it. They came around here three or four of them wanted baths. Everyone let them in,” he added.Journalist John Whelan joined the Rainbow People in Ballyhupahaun and has a full programme of events taking place this Saturday, August 25 to mark the 25 year anniversary of the gathering.You can listen to the podcast in full here.SEE ALSO – Legendary multiple winning Eurovision singer coming to Electric Picnic WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleBrand new act announced for Electric PicnicNext articleHuge drop in the amount of pubs in Laois Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Community Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Remembering Ballyhupahaun’s Rainbow people of 1993 Home News Community Remembering Ballyhupahaun’s Rainbow people of 1993 NewsCommunity Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mechanic Joe Mallon Motors Ltd is a family owned and run business in Naas since the 1960s. Joe Mallon Motors has been selling Renault cars and commercials and is the main Renault dealer for Kildare and Laois.Over the years, we have established a large base of satisfied customers. A quality service for each customer is forefront to all staff members to achieve our company motto: TEAM – Total Effort Among Many.Due to growing business levels we are increasing our workshop team. We are currently seeking to recruit Fully Qualified Service Technicians to join our team.Motor Service Technician/Mechanics required for Portlaoise Experienced mechanics should ideally have recent Renault dealer experience. Formal skills training with a recognised automotive organisation is essential.Experienced technicians should be skilled in all aspects of vehicle repairs and servicing including diagnostics and electronics.You must be able to produce high quality work in a busy environment and be motivated through set targets, showing flexibility according to the needs of your team.You will be a committed individual with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude, and willingness to work as part of an effective team.You will have good communication skills to ensure the smooth and efficient flow of work through the workshop, making sure you liaise with other team members to meet and exceed customer expectations.Candidate Requirements:Carry out fault diagnosis, service, and repair.Ensure faults are accurately diagnosed and report to workshop controller as required on vehicle condition, safety, reliability and performance.Indicate to workshop controller possible future faults and repair requirements.Ensure that quality procedures relating to the function laid down by the Company are adhered to at all times.Ensure all procedures relating to service books and service, repair and warranty are carried out.Maintain all records and paperwork relevant to the function, ensuring they are accurate and up to date at all times.To ApplyIf you meet the above requirements and are interested in becoming a member of our team please apply below including full Cover Letter and CV attached. This is a great chance to work within a very successful motor dealership who rewards hard work and dedication and a company that offers you the opportunity to further your skills.Address: Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise, Co LaoisWebsite: www.joemallonportlaoise.ieSEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: Joe Mallon Motors are looking to hire Motor Service Technician/Mechanics… Jobs Council Facebook JOB VACANCY: Joe Mallon Motors are looking to hire Motor Service Technician/Mechanics in Portlaoise Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSJoe Mallon MotorsJoe Mallon Motors Portlaoise Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Joe Mallon Motors are looking for Sales ExecutivesNext articleDeep sadness in Stradbally as pillar of the community passes away LaoisToday Reporter Community Community Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 29th November 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitterlast_img read more