Altan to play Malahide in October. One of Ireland's best known traditional music bands, Altan, is celebrating 30 years on the road this year. One of the most keenly anticipated gigs takes the band to Malahide, where their story began, on Wednesday, October 18th. In the mid 80s, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and the late Frankie Kennedy were both teaching in St. Oliver Plunkett School in the village. Both accomplished musicians, they had already released two albums which were met with critical acclaim. Frankie felt that the next step would be to put together a band, and enlisted Mark Kelly on guitar, Ciaran Curran on bouzouki and fiddler Paul O'Shaughnessy. At the time the Malahide festival was in full swing and the band's first gig in front of a substantial crowd was as support to Moving Hearts in the Festival Marquee. From then on the band went from strength to strength and now tour all over the world. The Malahide concert, in the Grand Hotel, is hosted by Malahide Lions Club in aid of the RNLI and Hugh's House (www.hughshouse.ie), a venture that offers free accommodation to parents of children who are long term patients in Temple St and the Rotunda Hospitals. Tickets (€30) are available from Stephen 086-0612984, Mary 087-2479744 and Sheilagh 086-1737315.