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Dubliners tribute band to perform in The Coachman’s Inn

Dubliners tribute band to perform in The Coachman’s Inn

Irish traditional and folk fanatics will be delighted to know that one of Ireland’s best tribute bands – ‘The Clann’ Dubliners tribute band – will be performing live at The Coachman’s In n this Saturday 23rd June.

  This four-piece band – Paul Watchorn, Shay Kavanagh, Gerry Caffery and Kevin O’Hare – are all vastly talented and experienced musicians having toured not only Ireland but many countries around Europe as well.

  When the question is asked as to whether there are any groups to continue on the Irish tradition, folk and ballad tradition in Ireland you need look no further ‘The Clann,’ the ultimate tribute to 50 years of one of Ireland’s greatest ever performers.

Boyle Musical Society join in World Music Day Celebrations

Members of Boyle Musical Society are busily rehearsing for what promises to be a wonderful night of music and song at King House Boyle on Thursday June 21st.

  If you’re a fan of musical theatre then you want to miss a night in the company of Boyle Musical Society’s finest performers. A trip down memory lane is promised with performances of the songs from some of the best loved and well-known musicals. From Chess to Oaklahoma, Beauty and the Beast to The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Showboat there will be something for everyone.

  The magnificent Salon of King House is the venue for the event, which is part of King House’s new summer programme of events. The wonderful acoustics and the grand piano are the perfect accompaniment to both the solo and choral performances, which will mark Boyle’s participation in World Music Day celebrations that are taking place across the globe.

  Tickets for the event are now on sale via Roscommon Arts centre’s box office on 0906 625824 or Tickets will also be on sale on the evening of the performance from 7.15pm at King House. 

Ballymoe actor stars in the play ‘Halfway House Hotel’

Ballymoe native Patrick Flynn will take to the boards at the Backstage Theatre in Longford, to star in the much talked about production. 

  Seamus O Rourke certainly is the man of the moment with his play Victor’s Dung having achieved untold success with an unprecedented number of sell out shows and his You tube shorts gaining national coverage on both press and radio.  

 On top of all that he is currently directing his new play “The Halfway House Hotel” for a Canal Studio at Backstage Theatre production which will run from Thurs 5th – Sat 7th July

  Over 70 people from the counties Roscommon, Longford, Cavan, Westmeath, and Leitrim auditioned for the production. A cast of eleven comprising of some of the finest amateur actors from across Roscommon Longford, and Cavan were assembled featuring Patrick Flynn, as Law, as well as Phil Gilbride as Mr Bold, Colm Farrell as Mr Mc Coy, Sean Rooney as Tom Crier, Evelyn Kelly as Nurse Mullins, Eileen Murphy as Mrs East, Deirdre O Reilly as Miss West, Garrett Gilbride as Rev Chapel, Blaithin Mc Cormick as Blossom, Jack Considine as Danny, and Luke Casserly as Order.

  Halfway House Hotel is packed with all the laughs, madness and fun, which is typical of a Seamus O Rourke play. 


When journalist Tom Crier visits The Halfway House Hotel one morning, not only does he ruffle the feathers of conscientious Nurse Mullins, but also his meddling sparks off shenanigans of almost global importance. This satirical look at human behaviour is layered with comedy and thought provoking parallels with everyday life.

  As a writer, Seamus O’Rourke is best known for ‘Victor’s Dung’ (currently touring) and ‘Ride On’ (touring in Nov/Dec) as well as ‘Dig’ and ‘The Trappe Family’ which were both short-listed for the ‘Warehouse Theatre, (London) International playwriting Competition’ in 2008.

  As a member of the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen, he has received the RTE All-Ireland award for Best Director 2005, Best Actor 2010 and Best supporting Actor 2011. He has also three more of his own productions lined up for this year, The Sand Park, STALE MATE and another instalment in the Victor Maguire story, called ‘Victor’s Dung (The Second Cut).

  The Halfway House Hotel runs at Backstage from Thurs 5th – Sat 7th July, tickets available on 043 33 47888, from Farrell & Coy in Longford or online on   

Glinsk Song Conest celebrating Silver Jubilee

On Sunday July 1st this year Glinsk Song Contest will celebrate its Silver Jubilee.  The Glinsk Contest marked the opening of  Glinsk Community Centre way back in July 1988.

  Originally planned as a ‘once-off event’ the Song Contest received such support from songwriters around the country that they have returned year after year making the name of  Glinsk synonymous with song. Over the course of its twenty-five year run, thousands of songs have been written specifically for this Contest and it became recognised as the leading Song Contest in Ireland.

  This Silver Jubilee year will be a major milestone for the Glinsk Song Contest and the thirteen finalists from all around Ireland fighting it out for this muchly coveted title.

Martin Donohoe and Friends set to cook up a storm in Strokestown Park House

Join Cavan man Martin Donohoe when he will be cooking up a storm for the ‘Reel Thing sa Cistin’ summer session with a real All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil show which takes place in the galley kitchen Strokestown Park House on Thursday 5th July at 8 pm. This concert is part of Roscommon Arts Centre’s Reel Thing programme where trad music returns to it’s roots – around the hearth in the kitchen and what better way to celebrate our culture and tradition than in one of the counties most historic houses.  

  Joining Martin Donohoe, accordion player and Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio broadcaster, in the kitchen will be Seamus Fay, Cavan Lilter, four times All-Ireland Champion; Kavan Donohoe harp/uileann pipes; Sean Owens Singer and Flute player from Fermanagh; Joao Soares on Mandolin from Portugal; storytellers and yarn spinners, Eamonn Maguire, Cornafean, Co. Cavan and Liam Butler, Co. Westmeath; Noel Sweeney on flute; Gerry Gorman on accordion; John O’Sullivan on fiddle, all from Co. Longford; Savannah Donohoe on flute and saxophone and Darren Maloney on banjo.

  Tickets for this unmissable concert are just €14/€12 and can be purchased in advance through Roscommon Arst Centre’s box office 09- 6625824 or online at Audiences can expect plenty of music and craic and are welcome to join in the frolics!

Derek Campbell to feature on Bandwagon TV

It all seems to be happening for Roscommon singer/songwriter Derek Campbell, who when speaking to the Roscommon People, was resting after a busy few weeks on the road. 

  He entertained the crowds at this year’s Helium festival In Ballymahon in Co. Longford. A week later he took to the stage at Charleville Castle in Tullamore at Facefest. 

  June has been good to Derek when he was named as the featured artist at

  Involved in music from an early age Campbell lists as his influences as Paddy Casey, Damien Rice, and Munday.

  In his music collection you will find The Beatles, Duke Special, along with Munford and sons, Johnny Cash and Mick Flannery.   

  The Roscommon Town native has also been interviewed and featured on Bandwagon TV. Despite his recent success the 29 year-old who describes himself as an Indie/Folk/Singer/Songwriter, who has twice in the past, sang at two All-Ireland finals, and has been composing from an early age.  

  Derek describes one of his favourite past times as meeting people and listening to their stories. This is one artist that is worth checking out, even if it’s only to hear Derek’s best known ballad: ‘The fog.’

Issue dated: 22 June 2012
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