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Gerry seeks Shelter from the Storm 15.03.10

THE organiser of the countryís only Bob Dylan festival is seeking shelter from the storm that hit with news the legendary singer will upstage the fledgling event when he returns to Ireland this summer.
DylanFest has been held in the seaside town of Moville in July for the past two years.
But organiser Gerry McLaughlin was left stunned when Aiken Promotions revealed last week the American singer/songwriter would play Thomond Stadium, Limerick, on Sunday, July 4.
Gerry admits he initially felt his third annual festival, from July 1 - July 4, 2010, was doomed.
"I don't suppose a whole lot of Dylan fans down the country are going to trek all the way up to Moville for the Friday and Saturday and then make the long trek to Limerick on the Sunday," he said.
"It would be very difficult for me to change the weekend now. I've had 10,000 flyers printed about it. They would be redundant. I can't believe it. It's very bad luck."
But he has since had a change of heart and hopes his Donegal DylanFest will be able to piggyback on the publicity surrounding Bob Dylan's upcoming Limerick gig and the unfortunate clash with his own.
He also hopes to organise a bus from Moville to Limerick on Sunday for DylanFest revellers who want to see the real thing after the four-day tribute to the folk singer on the shores of Lough Foyle.
"Organising the DylanFest in Moville is a labour of love. Dylan is hugely popular in Ireland so itís great to
Gerry McLaughlin
have a whole extended weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, dedicated to his music, finished off by the man himself in Limerick on the Sunday," added Gerry.
The eternal optimist, he is also hoping his ill-fated festival might reach the radar of the legendary singer himself.
"There's always the outside chance that it wasn't a coincidence and that (Dylan) has planned to be in Ireland on the same weekend as our DylanFest!" he quipped.
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