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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, 31stMay 2015 where comely maidens and eligible bachelors are hoping to strike it lucky!

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, Liam O’ Sullivan, Southern Pride plus many many more.

Waltzes, quicksteps and 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 which is rapidly becoming a household name throughout Munster.

Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) who is 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 are celebrating our 18th year in existence this very year and 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 added Mr. O’ Shea”.

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.

Ted & Cathal Barry kicks off proceedings on this Sunday 31st May. Bands appearing at Laharn Cross for the month of June are as follows:

Sun 7th June              Joe Desmond

Sun 14th June            Country Roads

Sun 21st June            Michael Kennedy

Sun 28th June           Liam O’ Sullivan

An image from Dancing at the Crossroads in the early 1900's. Some people suggest this is actually below the road where we have the dancing at Laharn Cross today!

An image from Dancing at the Crossroads in the early 1900’s. Some people suggest this is actually below the road where we have the dancing at Laharn Cross today!