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‘Gatehouse’ on stage in Ballinasloe




On Friday, the 15th of November, ‘The Pillar House’ in Ballinasloe welcomes top Trad group ‘Gatehouse’.

  Having just released their 2nd album – ‘Heather Down the Moor’ – which is performing very well and getting some great reviews, the band are touring Ireland with it.

  Gaining inspiration from the rich history and beautiful hinterland of Lough Key Forest Park, ‘Gatehouse’ was named after the ‘Tiara’ gate lodge, situated at the entrance to the Rockingham Estate near Boyle,  

  They are an Irish traditional group boasting an exciting line-up of experienced traditional musicians including singer Rachel Garvey, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, John McEvoy on fiddle and mandolin and John Wynne on flutes and whistles.

  Certainly Ballinasloe will be enriched for having this band perform in the town and there is no finer venue than The Pillar House’s intimate setting to enjoy this ‘not to be missed’ gig.

  Tickets are only €10 and available at www.thepillarhouse.ie or by calling the venue at 090-9643939.


‘God has no Country’ on stage in Glenamaddy




Donal Courtney’s much-acclaimed one-man show ‘God has no Country’ comes to Glenamaddy. The play depicts the true war-time exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who heroically saved 6,500 Jews and allied POWs during the second World War. The play has been published by EdCo as part of the new Junior Cycle English Syllabus.

  The show commences at 8 pm in Glenamaddy THT on Friday, November 8th. Tickets cost €12 and are available through the booking line on 086-2045896.


‘Finding Julia’ on stage in Ballinasloe





St. Brigid’s Hospital Heritage Group with Club Damhsa Beal Atha na Sluaigh and Miserearl Productions present Finding Julia…a new play about the woman who loved Liam Mellows in the Town Hall Theatre, Ballinasloe on Wednesday, the 13th, Thursday, the 14th and Friday, the 15th of November, starting at 8 pm.    

  Julia Mary Morrissey was just 24-years-old when she commanded 50 women during the Galway Rising of 1916. However, in the aftermath of the revolutionary period, these women were written out of the story, their ideals and sacrifices largely forgotten.

  Written by Pat Johnston and directed by Declan Kelly, this play reflects on the life of Julia Mary Morrissey against a background of the changes in Irish society from 1916 up to 1974.

  Based on the faint traces of her life and with song, poetry and dance, the play is set in East Galway, from Athenry to Ballinasloe. Admission €12 (concession €10).


Celebrations for Abbey Health & Fitness at Q Mark Awards




There were smiles all round for the management and staff from Abbey Health & Fitness Roscommon at The Clayton Hotel on Dublin’s Burlington Road recently where the National Q Mark Awards ceremony took place.

  The gala event was a chance for all those nominated to celebrate the high standards they had achieved in rigorous audits by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of quality standards.

  To make it onto the list, each enterprise had to earn a place in the top six per cent of the audits carried out across the island of Ireland.

  The Abbey Health & Fitness Club, at the Abbey Hotel, is a family-run, state-of-the-art facility set amid the fantastic surroundings of the old Abbey in Roscommon town. The club won a Q Mark award last year and was thrilled to be nominated once again in 2019.  

  Management and staff feel this nomination shows customers that they provide an excellent service and the dedication to keeping standards very high.

  Tom Grealy, Manager at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon says: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for the Q Mark Awards as this award has been going on for over 50 years and it is fantastic that our company has been recognised”.