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Ireland West Music TV's Christmas Show - SOLD OUT

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*Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT.*

Ireland West Music TV are recording a very special Christmas TV show at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Tues 25th Nov, featuring the cream of Irish talent.
 

The show will then be broadcast on Christmas Night on Sky Channel 266 (Freesat 157).

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The Drifters: Keeping the flame burning bright

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By Ed Power, The Irish Examiner.
 

IT’S different if you’re a Drifter, says Michael WiIliams. When the singer was invited to join the American vocal group several years go, it was made clear he had a tough road ahead. He would have to serve as understudy for several tours — even then, his place in the line-up was conditional on becoming intimately acquainted with the R&B ensemble’s history, from its inception in Philadelphia in 1953.
 

“Tina Treadwell [daughter of legendary Drifters manager George Treadwell] approached me after a gig in New York and asked if I wanted to be an understudy,” Williams recalls.
 

“She said I reminded her of [‘50s Drifter] Andrew Thrasher. He was a big guy with a similar voice to mine. I had to learn everything: the back catalogue, the history of the guys, the legacy… everything. The Drifters achieved a lot and it’s up to us to keep that legacy alive. It is quite a responsibility.”
 

Early on it was decided The Drifters, whose hits include ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and ‘Under the Boardwalk’, would be a ‘brand’ as much as a band. The group was assembled as a backing group for singer Clyde McPhatter but was soon losing members through military conscription. With George Treadwell taking over as manager, it was decreed The Drifters would feature an ever changing line-up — indeed, at one point Treadwell, fearing the Drifters’ popularity was on the slide, fired the entire group. Ever since Drifters have come and gone, while the identity of the band has endured.
 

“They knew they were going to lose members — that this would be a regular occurrence, in fact,” says Williams. “Some players came and went and had second stints with The Drifters. We have had a changing line-up ever since. It’s a brand that will keep going, as we keep the memory alive.” However, The Drifters are no dusty museum piece. In 2012, the group released their first original collection in 35 years, earning a gold disc.
 

“That was a big deal for us — a couple of years before that, some of the original Drifters, Butch Leake and Lee Hollis, received lifetime achievement awards from Sony. It all tied together nicely. It meant a lot to be able to put out new material.”
 

He is proud to be a member of an outfit which has spanned the decades — proud, also, of The Drifters’ part in furthering the cause of African-American entertainers.
 

“Starting out, it was tough for those guys,” he says. “Touring America, they weren’t allowed stay in ‘white’ hotels. They couldn’t use the swimming pools. They had to go around the back entrance if they were staying somewhere. Certain restaurants wouldn’t serve them. They travelled America in a beat-up Cadillac and never gave up. Life was very difficult for those guys — and they kept on going.”
 

Indeed, so rich is the group’s lineage, Williams admits to a quiver of nerves when taking to the stage as a Drifter for the first time. He stood in the wings, thinking of all the great vocalists to grace the line-up across the decades. Then, the spotlight came down and he had to leave his jitters to one side.
 

“Those are big shoes to fill,” he says. “I found that hard, starting out. Being an understudy, becoming a Drifter...there’s a lot to take in. However, in the end I got there. I feel I fill those shoes now.”
 

The Drifters play INEC Killarney on Friday; Olympia, Dublin on Saturday; Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday and Opera House, Cork, Monday.

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Watch Paul Potts performance on The Late Late show here!

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Did you miss Paul Potts performance on RTÉ's The Late Late Show last Friday night? Well now you can watch it here.


Paul performs a mesmerising version of the Beatles classic 'Something'.

You can see Paul live at The Royal Theatre on Sat 8th Nov. Tickets, priced €33.50, are on sale now.

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It's 'The Fresh Prince of Delamere'

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Top Irish stand-up and TV comic Neil Delamere is coming to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on St Valentines Night, Sat 14th Feb 2015 with his brand new tour, The Fresh Prince of Delamere.

 

Described by The Scotsman as “a master”, Delamere is renowned for his on-stage banter and quick-witted, well-observed yarns and previous tours & international appearances – including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival – have been a sell-out. Expect The Fresh Prince of Delamere to deliver the same powerhouse performance from the star of RTÉ’s The Panel, 2nd Republic, BBC’s The Blame Game, Fighting Talk and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. 

 

A star of TV as well as stage, Neil can be seen on TV screens later this month in the tenth season of the ever-popular panel show The Blame Game on BBC and in the forthcoming four-part comedy documentary series Holding Out for A Hero, which airs in December on RTE2. Holding Out for A Hero, which is written and presented by Neil offers a wry and humorous look at the lives of four Irish heroes from history: Grace O’Malley/Granuaile, Red Hugh O’Donnell, Cú Chulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  It follows in the footsteps of the IFTA and Celtic Media Award-winning TV programmes on the Vikings and St. Patrick, also written and presented by Delamere.

 

“Simply put Delamere is a master” - The Scotsman



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Conal Gallen show this Saturday is postponed

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Unfortunately Conal Gallen has had to postpone his show due to family circumstances.
 
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Hozier sold out in seconds!

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Please note that Hozier's date at The Royal Theatre on Sat 20 Dec has sold out in under one minute this morning.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: David Gray

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Mon 8th Dec | Doors 7.30pm. Show 8.30pm | Tkts: €40

*Tickets on sale Tues 14th Oct @ 9am*

 

 

Twenty one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, Mutineers, finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.”

 

David’s past includes the phenomenal success of White Ladder with 12 million album sales worldwide and 16 years after it's release it is still the bestselling album ever in Ireland with seven million copies sold. Four years after the initial release of 'White Ladder', Gray followed up with 2002's 'A New Day at Midnight'. His 2005 album 'Life in Slow Motion', achieved similar success and also gave Gray his biggest chart hit to date in the US. The career-spanning Greatest Hits followed later that year, featuring two new tracks as well as Gray’s most popular numbers.

 

Mutineers is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream, a rebuke and a salutation to all that’s gone before.

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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Take on The Kube in Irish Cancer Society fundraiser

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Story by Deirdre Kelly of The Connaught Telegraph.
 

DO you have what it takes to beat The Kube? Based on the popular ITV game show hosted by Philip Schofield, you will have an opportunity to test your nerve, ability and determination at a novel night’s entertainment in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Friday, October 17.

 

Boots Castlebar, in conjunction with the Royal Theatre, are hosting The Kube in support of the Irish Cancer Society. A number of Mayo footballers are among those who have already signed up for the event, and it’s not too late to join them.

 

Boots want 42 skilled and tactical contestants to take part, with €1,000 up for grabs for the winner as they test contestants’ physical ability, mental ability, intelligence and responsiveness. There will be seven heats, with six people competing against each other in each heat. The two winners of each heat go through to the semi-finals, where the real battle begins.

 

There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to also have a go in the Kube on the night. And the ‘bookies’ will be there to take your bets. 

 

Speaking at the launch, Boots Castlebar manager, Caroline McCaffrey, said the event will have all the lights, colour and action of the TV programme. It’ll be an intimate setting, with the kube itself positioned in the centre of the theatre, surrounded by tiered seating.

 

This is one of the biggest shows the production company have been involved with and the enthusiasm of the organising team promises it’ll be a thrilling event. Caroline and her team are passionate too about the chosen charity, the Irish Cancer Society. With 230 new cases of cancer in Mayo every year, it’s something that affects every family, she pointed out, and they wanted to give something back to their community.

 

Pat Jennings of the Royal Theatre said the show was not only innovative and different but also part of the community-driven programme which the theatre has in mind. He highlighted how the Royal Theatre has at least one community driven project each month for the next six months. “We are about giving back to the community and we are pleased to support this venture,” he said.

 

To pit your wits against The Kube or get tickets (€20) for the show, get in touch at Boots Castlebar on (094) 9060823, Boots Westport on (098) 56774, Boots Ballina on (096) 75602, or contact Lisa on (086) 2324543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.ie or on the door on the night, subject to availability. You can get further information on The Kube Boots Castlebar Facebook page.

Each contestant will be asked to register their details and raise €250 for the Irish Cancer Society. The contestant to raise the most money is automatically entered into the semi-finals.

Take on The Kube in Irish Cancer Society fundraiser

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Hozier at The Royal - Sat 20 Dec

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HOZIER 

Sat 20th Dec | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.50/25

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Hozier has just announced, that he will play a very special date at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sat 20th Dec.

 

Tickets go on sale Friday 10 October at 9am – limited to 4 tickets per person

 

Hozier’s debut album has smashed 2014’s Irish album sales records to become the fastest selling album of the year, and is currently at Number 1 for the second week.

 

Following its release today in the UK, Hozier is currently sitting at #1 on iTunes UK and is Top 5 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand.

 

The new single from the album, Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene, is available now and impacts in Ireland on November 28th.

 

His single, Take Me To Church, is currently sitting at over 12 million views on YouTube and Hozier has now become one of Spotify’s most viral artists in their history with over 21 million streams of the single, and with six songs in Spotify US’ Viral Chart.

 

Hozier is now back out on tour across America, where he will perform on Saturday Night Live this Saturday 11th October.

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: On sale from Friday 10th Oct @ 9am.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer

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Let The Good Times Roll ... Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer are on the road again!


Millions of fans around the world will remember Ray Sawyer as the highly animated, eye patched, lead singer of the group. His raspy, soulful, and sometimes comic vocals fronted the bands breakthrough to the ‘Cover of The Rolling Stone’ and international superstar status from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s, with many hits including Sylvia’s Mother, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, A Little Bit More, Sharing The Night Together, Everybody’s Making It Big But Me, More Like The Movies, Sexy Eyes and Years From Now.


Accumulating 60 Gold and Platinum records worldwide with Dr Hook, Ray Sawyer has gained the confidence of a seasoned entertainer and still travels the world with his band. His son, Cayce has been touring with him since he was 13, playing percussion and singing background vocals in the show. He is now the drummer for the Band. Ray has had the honour of being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in April 2005. With an abundance of stage energy, and impish sense of humour, an unmistakable voice and image, and a unique ability to reflect his good times in good music, Ray is definitely a song stylist of the first order, and never was it more evident ...


Ray Sawyer was born and lived in Mobile, Alabama, and got his first job as a musician at the age of 14. His style was indelibly marked by the amalgam of black and white Southern music that kept Alabama dance halls hopping. “When you play Mobile, you play either Country or Rhythm & Blues, though down there, they are just about the same thing” Sawyer explains. Developing a style that extracted honesty and emotion - the best traits of both Country and R&B, Ray sings with an intensity and sense of conviction that truly moves an audience.


He got his trademark eye patch in 1967 as the result of a car accident, and he was in a wheelchair for a year. When he got back on his feet, Sawyer headed to Los Angeles, working his way back east where the core of Dr Hook was formed in time to record Shel Silversteins score to the Dustin Hoffman movie ‘Who Is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me?’



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Check out the new promo vid for Donal Skehan's tour!

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Donal Skehan has just uploaded a promo video for his upcoming "Kitchen Hero" Tour of Ireland. He stops off at The Royal Theatre on Thurs 6th November (Tickets available here). 

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Julie Feeney plays the Royal Theatre this Friday night (Oct 3rd)!

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Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer.

Julie Feeney's sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews, whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra, and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera ‘BIRD’ goes into full production in 2016.

 

In her live shows she combines her ‘mesmerizing stage presence and eccentric pop genius’ (Hot Press) with her unquestionably original sound; and her innovative, avant-garde approach, while rooted in classical music, straddles both the pop and theatrical worlds. For her recent sell-out 10 show run in New York, the New York Times said of Julie, ‘…intricate, articulate…draws on sources across centuries… Ms. Feeney's songs don't shout. They tease, ponder, reminisce, philosophize and invent parables, and she sings them in a plush, changeable mezzo-soprano that usually holds a kindly twinkle’. The New York Times concluded, ‘…a brainy adventurous songwriter lives within the flamboyant theatricality…with songs that set character studies and philosophical musings in elaborate musical confections, often with long, internally rhymed lines… Theatrical on the shell, intricate at the core’.

 

Her third album Clocks went straight to No. 1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts on its Irish release. It was voted ‘Best Album' in The Irish Times ‘Album of the Year' as voted by The Irish Times readers and it was also shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize. Julie is winner of the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish Album of the Year' for her self-produced debut album 13 songs on which she played most of the instruments herself. Her second album pages was shortlisted for the Irish Album of The Year prize and featured in '101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die' by Liberties Press.

 

‘...the world will listen’ - The Guardian (UK)  

‘Julie Feeney ... blending the pop ambitions of Gaga with Elvis Costellian wordplay’ - The Village Voice 

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"Those here tonight have witnessed something truly special."

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Review by Eamon O'Neill. (via Mayo.ie)

 

For any other artist, this review might begin ‘making a rare visit to the west of Ireland’,but for Bryan Adams that simply wouldn’t be true. Following on from his headline appearance just ten miles down the road at the Westport Festival less than three months ago, today the Canadian superstar was back in the Co. Mayo, bringing his ‘Bare Bones’ show to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar. Although the number of gigs in this part of the country has pleasingly been steadily on the increase in recent years, for some it’s a treat not to have to travel to the more usual Belfast and Dublin venues on the other side of the country to see an artist of this calibre.

 

The ‘Bare Bones’ tour has seen Adams going back to basics. He first stripped things right back in 1997, with the release of his MTV Unplugged album, an acoustic album that featured a full band, tonight he took the concept even further. Without fanfare, a lone Adams with acoustic guitar in hand strolled on stage with a smile, and launched straight into ‘Run To You’. Lit by a single spotlight, it’s one man, one guitar, one voice. And what a voice he has. With no big production or band to hide behind, many a singer would falter, but Adams’ familiar gravelly tones soar, as the crowd were captivated from the off. 

 

He followed it up with ‘It’s Only Love’ before being joined by Gary Breit on piano. “This is the band” he comically told the crowd. Breit’s contribution bolstered the songs that followed, and allowed Adams to show off his not inconsiderable guitar skills. Breit too is no slouch, as demonstrated on ‘When You Love Someone’ and later, on ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman’.

 

The show was an intimate affair, with minimal lighting and sparse staging. Adams’ stage banter too brought a closeness to the occasion, and when he spotted one punter leaving for ‘a refill’, he asked “do you want me to wait for you?”.It was clear that the crowd were on his side, providing percussive hand-claps on cue. Not only that, but they were in fine singing voice as well. Also it was genuinely shocking to hear the dominating female voices in the crowd lending their neigh on note perfect tones to ‘Finally Found Someone’ and ubiquitous 1990’s number one ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.

 

It was not all sentimental though, as the pace picked up with a spirited ‘Can’t Stop This Thing We Started’ complete with disco lighting. Adams is of course a pro, and the tempo of the show could not be faulted as rocker followed ballad followed anthem. Picking out the ‘wildest woman’ in the audience to dance during ‘If Ya Wanna Be Bad - Ya Gotta Be Good’ he even convincingly tackled blues. 

 

He was clearly having fun, pulling out tracks from every period of his career, but of course there are songs that he simply has to play, and when he did the place predictably went crazy. ‘Summer Of‘69’ had everyone on their feet, whilst ‘Heaven’ once again incited the newly created Castlebar choir. Clearly appreciative of the adulation, he gave it back, and upon noticing a pair of empty seats in the front row, invited two ladies that were at the very back of the theatre in the ‘nose bleed’ seating on the third floor balcony to fill them. It's a fantastic gesture that the crowd received enthusiastically.

 

Handing control over to the audience for a ‘request’ section, he played a snippet of ‘Jealousy’ for one lady, a verse and chorus of '18 ‘Til I Die’ for another, and offered an apology to one man in the front row who has been to an incredible sixty Bryan Adams shows, for being unable to remember how to play one of his earliest songs. The cooperative atmosphere suited Adams, and as the main set drew to a close he urged the audience to their feet and out of their seats, “fill up that hallway” he commanded! They didn’t need asking twice and pretty soon the floor was wedged, turning the theatre into a concert hall as Bryan and Gary launched into a celebratory ‘The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You’.

 

The closing encores of ‘Somebody’ and ‘I Still Miss You… A Little Bit’ raised the roof on an incredible night, before ‘Straight From The Heart’ brought things right back to where they started, with a solitary Adams singing under a lone spotlight. Leaving to rapturous applause, he took time to shake hands with those in the front row before taking his parting bows.

 

The stripped down show offers affirmation, as if it were needed, of not only what a stunning catalogue of hits Adams has, but also his abilities as a singer, musician and entertainer. Those here tonight have witnessed something truly special. With the ‘Bare Bones’ tour coming to an end, normal service resumes with a full band arena tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of the ‘Reckless’ album due to hit the UK before the end of the year. Whether acoustic or electric, Adams knows how to put on a show and this was definitely a night to remember.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: Imelda May

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Ireland's reigning queen of rockabilly Imelda May, has announced that she will perform at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday 14 December 2014. Tickets priced €35/€39.50 go on sale next Monday 8th Sept @ 9am.

 

Since the release of her raucous debut Love Tattoo, back in 2009 (now 8x times platinum in Ireland), Imelda has been one of the most strikingly original talents in the music arena, taking her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, blues and torch songs from the back rooms of Dublin pubs to the biggest festivals in the world.

 

Next up was the 6x times platinum album Mayhem in 2010, which she took on the road, bringing some good old-fashioned rock'n'roll spirit to audiences worldwide. With her live shows widely acclaimed, she has picked up fans as diverse as Jools Holland, Jeff Beck and Bono who dueted with her at her sold out shows in The O2 Dublin 2011.

 

The truly unique Imelda May, is now back with a brand new album, entitled TRIBAL which was released recently on DECCA.  Far from mellowing with motherhood, Imelda sizzles more than ever with her leather-clad attitude, returning with a brand new album of hard-edged anthems. Imelda is pinning her colours to the mast with music which celebrates the great rock'n'roll sub-culture and her own 'Tribal' allegiances.

 

"May is undoubtedly a star who deserves all the accolades that she gains" - Metro, Jan 2014

 

"A whipcracker of a voice . dangerously rocking" - Guardian

 

"A genuinely great voice that revs like a hot rod at the start line" - MOJO

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Tickets on sale Mon 8th Sept @ 9am

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NEW SHOW ADDED: Derek Ryan in Concert

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Fri 20th Feb, 2015 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €27.90
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Derek Ryan is now one of the biggest stars of Irish Country Music. In just over three years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter.  Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.

 

Derek Ryan’s theatre show contains much of the music featured on his five albums along with new material that affords him plenty of opportunity to showcase his fine guitar playing and his excellent vocal quality.

 

Derek always had the dream having a career in music - and dreams do come true, as Derek has proven.

 

At 17, his career in music became fulltime, signing to Warner Music London as he became lead singer of Irish pop band D-side, with achievements including several Meteor Awards nominations, a multi-platinum selling single ‘Real World’ in Ireland, adding to his 3 top 10 hits in the UK. live TV appearances included Top of the Pops, GMTV and The Late Late Show along with a sell out theatre tour and number one single in Japan in 2005.

 

Returning to Ireland in September 2009, after several years of gigging on the London function scene, Derek took time to consider many offers that were coming his way. It was at this stage that melodies from his formative years kept coming back to him. Derek got hooked on Nashville greats; like Brooks, Jackson and Strait and so the plans were laid to go for it.

 

Derek’s love and passion for country are best measured in his song writing ability as was seen in his debut single ‘God’s Plan’ - receiving enormous airplay and a deafening call from fans to get on the road to play his hits live. From that moment Derek rarely has a day off, travelling across Ireland playing in crowded Irish dance halls and most recently performing at sell out concerts in England and Scotland.



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NEW SHOW ADDED: Christy Moore plus special guests

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Christy Moore will be kicking off 2015 with a very special performance at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday 2nd January 2015..

Christy will be joined by a band of four musicians with whom he has been tentatively arranging his songs with; Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle/banjo), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar) and Jimi Higgins (percussion). Anyone who has caught the band performing with Christy at select shows over the last year (including Live at the Marquee & The Iveagh Gardens) will testify what a special performance this is.

 

From Glór Theatre in Ennis, journalist Gerry Quinn  wrote a rave review in the Irish Examiner, emphasising both the subtlety and the dynamism of Christy’s onstage companions:

 

“Christy opened the show on his own with a trio of songs… then allowed the ensemble to flex their muscles behind the Kildare man’s heartfelt vocals and perform a memorable evening of song that utilised an extensive back catalogue.

 

“Firm favourites like Jimmy McCarthy’s ‘Ride On’, Moore’s own ‘Delirium Tremens’ and ‘Lisdoonvarna’ were speckled among an engaging and eclectic set. ‘The Ballad of the Faithful Departed’ was performed in tribute to his its writer, Philip Chevron, of The Pogues, who died recently, and the segueing of the song ‘McElhatton’ into the jig ‘Larry the Beer Drinker’ evoked memories of early Planxty in their hey-day. A two-song encore featured a heartfelt and polished version of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’, followed by the ubiquitous ‘Joxer…’ to finish off a joyful and emotional night’s music and song.”

 

Tickets for this very special, and rare, show go on sale on Friday 12th September at 9am.

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: On sale Fri 12th Sept @ 9am.

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New online events ebro

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Issue one of our new online events e-brochure is now published - 

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Highlight video from Midwest Radio's 25th Anniversary Concert

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We have just uploaded the highlights of Mid West Radio's 25th Anniversary 'A Night with the Stars' on our Youtube account.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: The Young Folk

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Irish Folk/Rock/Pop quartet The Young Folk have announced a show in the Ruby Room of the Royal Theatre on Bank Holiday Sat 25th Oct, as part of their upcoming tour promoting their upcoming debut album "The Little Battle" (released 8th September).

 

The Young Folk comprises of Anthony Furey (guitar, vocals), Tony McLaughlin (bass, mandolin, and vocals), Paul Butler (keyboards, vocals) and Karl Hand (drums, vocals).

 

The Young Folk count Irish President Michael D. Higgins as one of their biggest fans, have appeared on established national TV shows including RTE’s The Saturday Night Show,  TV3’s Ireland AM, and TG4. Their music featured on a national advertisement campaign for Jameson Irish Whiskey and the original recording of “Way Down South” featured in the Travel Ireland TV advert last year.

 

The Young Folk has appeared at Westport Music Festival, Electric Picnic, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Midem, SXSW, The Stampede City Sessions in Canada. They opened for American folk-rock band Midlake during their American tour at the end of 2013, toured Canada in March 2014, and recently opened for Imelda May in Dublin’s Vicar Street. They have also appeared at Mitchelstown Caves with Mick Flannery and Castlepalooza 2014 in Charleville Castle.

 

"They are quite simply, one of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades, and this debut album is a fantastic calling card and opening gambit for the four lads." - Maverick Magazine

 

“Serious challengers for the area populated by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and The Low Anthem.” – Hot Press

 

 “One of the most promising young Irish bands of recent years”. – Dubliner Magazine


Sat 25th Oct | Ruby Room | Doors 9pm. Show 10pm | Tkts: €15 

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Ruth Trimble announced as support for Beth Nielsen Chapman

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Ruth Trimble has been announced as the support for twice Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, at her intimate show in the Ruby Room on Saturday 20th September.
 

Ruth Trimble is a well-renowned singer songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has been a regular on the musical scene in her home country since 2010. Working alongside other big names, she has performed across the US, UK and Europe and has requests for more international destinations coming in.
 

In 2012, Ruth completed an intense '50 states in 50 days' tour of the US with singer Kevin Montgomery, gathering many new fans of her music along the way. Having taken a break from her professional career as a pharmacist, Ruth has had the time to focus on her song writing and has released two albums - her 2012 debut 'Things I want to Say', and her 2013 Christmas release ‘Each Christmas Till Then’. Both albums have had extensive radio airplay across the UK and Ireland, recently finding their way on to Bob Harris’s playlists at BBC Radio 2! 
 

Ruth's style is unique and her songs are heart-felt. She pours emotion into her music and her productions complement that beautifully. Ruth is passionate about her music and loves performing to a live audience where she gets to impart her lively personality, great sense of humour and love for life! She always has a story to tell! 
 

Ruth is currently focussing her creative attention on her third studio album. One to watch, there are bound to be many exciting things around the corner for her.


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New Musical Society holds Open Auditions for ‘Oklahoma!’

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Castlebar Musical and Dramatic Society will hold open auditions on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th August at 7pm in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar for their upcoming musical ‘Oklahoma!’  The musical society was newly established in July of this year and their first production is an ambitious project which will run from the 4th-6th December in the The Royal Theatre.

Alanna Ní Mhíocháin, who will be directing ‘Oklahoma!’, was very enthusiastic about the upcoming production.  “This is a brand new society so we are starting from scratch.  We are looking for lots of new members!  Anyone who has an interest in music, singing, dancing, drama or performing is more than welcome to attend the auditions – whether they are looking for a staring role or to join the chorus.  We will also welcome anyone who has an interest in set-design, costume, make-up or backstage work.”

Adrian Gavin, Chairman of Castlebar Musical and Dramatic Society, was delighted with the establishment of the new community group.  “This new society will build on previous Tops-of-the-Town and musical productions that have been held in Castlebar over the years.  There is so much musical and dramatic talent in the local area and we want this group to be a way to showcase this talent.”

Sarah Ronayne, secretary of the new society, emphasised the inclusive ethos of the group.  “We really want this group to be open and inviting to anyone in the community who wishes to join.  As we are so newly founded, there are lots of opportunities for people to get involved in so many different ways and we would love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.”

Anyone who is curious about the society can find out more from their facebook page or website www.cmds.ie.   Audition materials for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical ‘Oklahoma!’ will also be posted on the website for anyone looking for a principal role.  The society can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 087-7612214.  

 
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Teenage UV Party with Scotty T (Geordie Shore)

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Skyline Nightclub presents:

 

UV PARTY

With Scotty T from Geordie Shore 

Wed 20th August, 2014 | Doors 8.30pm - 11.30pm | Tkts: €12 


The Royal Theatre & Skyline Nightclub proudly presents UV Party with Geordie Shore's Scotty T!

This Wednesday 20th August, we have a MASSIVE UV Party lined up, with our special guest Scotty T from Geordie Shore! You will be able to have a Meet & Greet with the MTV star and also have pictures taken with him!

And thats not all! Along with UV Paint, UV Lights, bluelasers, glowsticks and our giant club decor, we will also have MC Crazi-P, Daft Punk Mashup, Iceman Robot and DJ Seanie Mac.

Excitement is already building ahead of what will be an unmissable night for teenagers as Skyline presents this UV Party in the biggest venue in the West of Ireland.

Enjoy the ultimate hassle free, affordable, teen disco party experience! Admission is very teen-friendly at €12, with no hidden ticket charges.

Doors open 8.30pm to 11.30. Full adult and parental supervision. This is strictly a non-alcohol event.

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Tickets for sale here.


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NEW SHOW: Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour

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Bryan Adams announces that his very special, intimate and highly acclaimed acoustic ‘Bare Bones’ show is to visit Castlebar this September.

 

As Canada's best-known ambassador, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, "Cuts Like A Knife", "Summer of '69", "Kids Wanna Rock", "Can't Stop This Thing We've Started", "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", "Open Road" and most recently "Thought I'd Seen Everything", Adams status as one of the great songwriter's of our time, has been solidified.

 

He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bryan has been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy's and his handprint has been added to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. In his home country, Bryan has been recognized at the Juno Awards with the Allan Waters' Humanitarian Award and a week later he received the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

 

Bryan's outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers, performing over 120 concerts a year.

Tues 16th Sept, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts from €49.50


Tickets on sale Mon 18th Aug @ 9am.
 


Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Tickets on sale at 9am on Mon 18th Aug.

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Mario Rosenstock's Gift Grub Live 3 goes on sale!

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GIFT GRUB 3

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €35

 

José’s Back! Roy’s Back!! Mario’s Back!!!

Following the phenomenal sold out nationwide tours of 2010 (GIFT GRUB LIVE) and 2012 (GIFT GRUB LIVE 2) with sales of 100,000 tickets, Mario Rosenstock is delighted to announce a brand new stage show for 2014 at the Royal Theatre – MARIO ROSENSTOCK GIFT GRUB LIVE 3.


Mario Rosenstock Gift Grub Live 3 premiered in April before embarking on a major nationwide tour throughout 2014, including a date here at The Royal Theatre this coming October 4th.

It will feature a host of brand new characters developed on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM, and over two series of the critically acclaimed ratings smash ‘The Mario Rosenstock Show’ on RTÉ Two. Expect to see Francis Brennan, Marty Morrissey, Davy Fitz, Donal Skehan and Miriam ‘Genuinely’ O’Callaghan ‘live on stage’ as you’ve never seen them before!

There’s the return of Keith ‘Howya Buddies’ Duffy , Joan Burton, JoséMourinho, Michael Noonan, and of course Mario’s inimitable take on Vincent Browne.

But probably most of all Mario is delighted to bring back probably his most celebrated character – Roy Keane – “Roy’s back, José’s back – it’s a perfect storm”he says.

“I can’t wait for people to see the new show – and there’s going to be even more audience interaction this time so, watch out, If you’re in the audience, you might be in the show too!” 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Click here for tickets.

 

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The West's Biggest ever Teenage Foam Party!

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The Royal Theatre and Skyline presents:

 

- TEENAGE BLAST -
 

The Biggest Teenage Foam

Party in the West 

 

Fri 1st August, 2014 | Doors 8.30pm- 11.30pm | Tkts: €10

On sale soon or on the door.

Finally, it's here as promised! The Royal Theatre proudly presents The Ultimate Teenage Event! 

Following up on all the positive feedback from our Facebook friends, the hugely successful Teenage Blast explodes once again at the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Bank Holiday Friday 1st August. Excitement is building ahead of what will be an unmissable night for teenagers as Skyline presents The Biggest Teenage Foam Party ever held in the West, in the biggest venue in the West of Ireland.

Banging with an awesome sound system, giant stilt walkers, blinding lasers and dynamic dj's in a true nightclub feel. Adding an extra fun element will be the addition of our live music area with the very popular local band 'Everyday Solution' and judging by their ever increasing fanbase on Facebook and following hugely successful recent gigs, this will definitely add to the excitement.

Enjoy the ultimate hassle free affordable teen disco party experience! Admission is very teen-friendly at 10 euro with no hidden ticket charges. For bus parties contact our events team through Facebook for extra concessions. Complimentary refreshments for bus drivers and secure bus parking available.


Doors open 8.30pm to 11.30. Full adult and parental supervision. This is strictly a non-alcohol event.


Back with a BANG! It's BLAST!! The Biggest Teenage Foam Party In The West! At the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar Bank Holiday Friday 1st August. Contact our events team for any enquiries at 087 7786957.

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Country sensation Nathan Carter announces show!

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NATHAN CARTER

Tues 30th Dec, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €27.90
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Following his hugely successful gig last month Live at the Marquee in Cork, the country singing sensation Nathan Carter has confirmed he will play a Castlebar date this December 30th at The Royal Theatre.
 

Appealing to fans across all ages, Nathan Carter is one of the hottest acts on the Irish music scene today. Nathan has appeared as guest on numerous TV and radio shows nationwide, alongside performing at countless sell out shows. His album "Where I Wanna Be" reached number one in the Irish charts - the first country act to have reached number one since Garth Brooks over six years ago! This album followed up his MASSIVE single Wagon Wheel - one of the most requested songs ever on Irish radio.

Born on 28 May 1990, Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool growing up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks originating from Newry in County Down. Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil`s became a regular feature of young Nathan`s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing, and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. In no time at all Nathan had begun playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London as well as occasional shows in Ireland.


On a trip to Donegal in April 2009, he met with songwriter John Farry and in a few short months Nathan`s dream of performing with his own band became a reality. `Wagon Wheel’ became a huge hit for Nathan, with well over a million hits on You Tube.

Nathan has brought a whole new generation of fans of all ages to Country Music in Ireland. To show just how big Nathan has become, he was announced as support for two of the five now infamous 'Garth Brooks Comeback Shows' in Croke Park. Having just signed with Decca Records, a UK/Scottish Tour is planned for later this year.

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie 

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Congrats to the winner of our first big prize

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Congrats to Colette Moran, Kiltimagh, winner of our fantastic prize worth over e800! Colette was picked from many buyers of tickets to the recent International Tenor John MacNally concert. The prize consisted of accommodation and dining at the onsite 4-star Harlequin Hotel, and tickets to Dr Hook in October and Dara O'Briain in November. Watch out for some more fantastic competitions from the Royal Quarter!

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New Shows Announced - many more to follow

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We are delighted to announce some of the many exciting new shows that will appear at the Royal Theatre in the coming months and into next year. From the International Tenor John MacNally, to the magical Russian Ice Stars Peter Pan on Ice. Revisit our website each week to keep up to date on more new shows to be included shortly ...... very entertaining times ahead at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar!

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Good News for the Royal Theatre, Harlequin Hotel and The Royal Quarter, Castlebar

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Islandeady Properties and Lansdowne Francs to Acquire The Royal Theatre, Hotels and The Royal Quarter Retail Area from Andrew O’Leary & Kieran Wallace, KPMG.


Acquisition includes The Royal Theatre, The Ruby Room, Mayo Conference Centre, TF Hotel, Harlequin Hotel (4 Star), Multi Storey Car Park and The Royal Quarter Retail Area incorporating Boots Chemists and other various Retail Stores, The Mosaic and other car parks.


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Islandeady Properties, a hotel management and property company, today announced that their affiliates have signed a definitive agreement to purchase the assets at The Royal Theatre and The Royal Quarter, Castlebar from Andrew O’Leary and Kieran Wallace of KPMG.


Islandeady Properties were advised by JV Geary Solicitors and KPMG were advised by Ronan Daly Jermyn.

Following the closing of the transaction Islandeady’s management team will operate the acquired businesses. The new management team bring decades of experience in the theatre, hotel and retail sector and include Seamus Sutcliffe of Lansdowne Francs, Patrick Jennings and Louise Jennings.


The Assets include the Royal Theatre which has a capacity for 2,200 seated and 4,000 standing.


Pat Jennings, the renowned music and arts promoter, will take the helm at The Royal Theatre and will become its Artistic Director with immediate effect. The Royal Theatre will publish a list of shows and events shortly which will include a number of music events and some excellent West End Musical Shows.


An announcement is expected shortly regarding the appointment of a Conference and Events Centre Director at the on-site Mayo Convention Centre which is currently the count centre for the European Elections. Declan Durcan has recently been appointed as Marketing Director at The Royal Theatre.


Seamus Sutcliffe from Lansdowne Francs who will be the new CEO advises that ”we intend to invest in and grow the The Royal Theatre and its related hotel and retail businesses through enhanced marketing efforts, expanding existing projects and executing on opportunities to broaden the groups footprint in Castlebar. We look forward to providing exceptional arts and music offerings in the theatre and excellent service in our on-site hotels and retail assets”.

Seamus Sutcliffe also added that “we are announcing the opening of new on site retail concessions including a Ticketmaster Retail Store and a Starbucks ‘Proud to Serve’ concession. Over the next number of months we also expect to conclude negotiations with a major UK premium grocery outlet for The Royal Quarter. We hope that we will continue to receive every possible support from the local community for the business going forward.”


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Mayo International Choral Festival returns!

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The Royal Theatre is delighted to host for the third year, the Gala Choral Concert of the Mayo International Choral Festival. The concert features performances from the winning choirs of the festival choral competitions as well as special guests, and promises an evening of singing from across many genres including Barbershop, Gospel, Classical, Pop and Jazz. The finale of the concert features a massed choir, made up of the majority of participating choirs in the festival, with up to 700 taking to the stage in previous years. The highlight of the festival, this concert was one of the most talked about events of the year at the Royal Theatre in 2013. New this year sees the Premier Competition taking place at the concert. Compere for the night is Tommy Marren.
 
Immediately after the concert, the audience can join in the post concert celebrations at the Gala ‘afterglow’.
 
The festival, supported by Mayo County Council, sees 35 International, National and Mayo choirs participating in competitions and performances all over Mayo from 13th to the 18th May, including concerts, street performances and a Dawn Chorus at 8am on Sunday at the shores of Lough Lannagh, for those rising early, or for those coming home after the Gala Concert! 
 
The Royal Theatre is delighted to be associated as Event Sponsor.
 
For more info see www.mayochoral.com
 
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On the door, at the Royal Hotel Reception, Festival Office (Open from Tues 13th May, at the Royal Theatre), or from Downtown Records, Castlebar and Westport.
 
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Junk Kouture West FInal 2014

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Fashions fade, Junk is eternal!

It’s that time of the year again when artistic secondary school pupils from across Ireland get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products in the hope of being crowned the 2014 Junk Kouture champion. This year’s competition, proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP), has challenged students to create extravagant but wearable couture designs to compete in spectacular catwalk finals across the country including the Western regional final in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Wednesday 12th March at 7pm.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour from Co. Donegal, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past three years, with some awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Last year the Grand Final was attended by over 2000 spectators in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre which saw Limerick team ‘Ultra Violet Wash’ walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, €1000 worth of IT equipment, €500 cash and a trip to the Cannes Film Festival.

These extravagant catwalk show  in the Royal theatre promises to be unforgettable experience, for the audience let alone the contestants, if last year’s competition is anything to go by – audience members dancing in the aisles, fog horns sounding for support and audience sing-alongs to classic hits to name a few of the highlights!

 

Bank of Ireland Youth Marketing Manager Conor Mc Glynn commented “We are always looking at ways of supporting secondary school initiatives. For the second year running, we are delighted to be supporting Junk Kouture in such a creative competition that gives us an opportunity to invest in the students amazing talent and their promising future in the fashion world. With our large customer base among the student population the partnership is an excellent fit and provides a meaningful platform for us to engage with our young customers.   We would like to wish all the participants the very best of luck this year and look forward to seeing the creative and amazing entries at the regional finals.”

Martin Tobin, ERP managing director, said: “We are getting to the exciting stage of this competition again. At ERP, we have been consistently impressed by the fun, fashionable and creative way students convey the reuse/recycle/refashion message behind Junk Kouture. We would like to wish all the entrants the best of luck and we look forward to seeing their work at the finals.”

Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative. 

Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) is open to all second level students. For further information, please visit junkkouture.com, Facebook or Twitter.

 
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NEW SHOW: Midwest Radio - A Night With The Stars

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Midwest Radio is delighted to announce details of the next ‘Night With The Stars’ concert at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Monday 3rd Feb 2014 at 8:00 pm. Another star-studded line up of acts has been confirmed with Ireland’s top entertainers live on stage in a four-hour music bonanza.

Make sure to get your tickets ASAP, as this show is sure to be a sell out.


Tickets, €25, are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Good luck St Josephs TY Students

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We would like to say good luck to all the Transition Year students from St Joseph's Secondary School who will be performing their school musical this Wednesday & Thursday in The Royal Theatre! Doors are at 7pm, show at 8pm. tickets will be available on the door.

 

Like every year, it will be a fantastic show!

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Social Dancing Classes Every Tuesday Night

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Social Dancing classes every Tuesday night in The Royal Theatre from 8.30-10.30.

Waltz, Jive and Quickstep.

For more info contact Michael on 086 3083976. No partner needed.

 

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NEW SHOWS: Brendan Grace & Mike Denver

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We are delighted to announce the first two shows of 2014. We are welcoming back Brendan Grace (January 2nd) and Mike Denver (March 8th).

Tickets for both of these shows are now on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online, as well as from The Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111. 

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New Finbar Hoban Presents promo video for Therapy?.

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Here is the new Finbar Hoban Presents promotional video for the Therapy? show that is taking place at The Ruby Room in the The Royal Theatre and Event Centre on Sunday October 27th, with support Lafaro and Pilgrimage

Tickets are selling very fast now but you can still purchase tickets at entertainment.ie and Downtown Records Castlebar. Tickets 22.20 including booking fee

Video by Ger Staunton.

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Ger Carey's hilarious show for Transition Year Students

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Ger Carey's hilarious new stand-up show for transition year students.

By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager!

So come along and learn how teenagers function in their natural habitat. Be amazed by their bonding ceremonies, their migratory patterns and their use of the latest technologies.

For bookings contact 083 1190 024 or 059 9141 333.

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NEW SHOW: Sharon Shannon & her Big Band, with Mundy

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GMIT Mayo Campus is having a Gathering on the 8th November and everyone is invited!

Sharon Shannon and her big Band, with special guest Mundy, will be live at The Royal Theatre on Friday 8th November.

Tickets for GMIT Alumni and current students are €10, tickets for non-graduates/students are €20. Tickets can be purchased from GMIT Chaplain Daniel Caldwell (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and the Students Union, GMIT Mayo Campus Castlebar (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. 094 90 25700).

 
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New Show: Festival Folk - October 24th

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The cream of Irish folk performers including SEAN KANE, MICK HANLY, ELEANOR SHANLY, CHARLIE MC GETTIGAN, LOUISE KILLEEN and many more live at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on October 24th 2013.

All proceeds go to St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar.

Tickets on sale now from The Royal Theatre Box Office. Call 094 9023111.

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Not Long Until The Wedding & Honeymoon Expo

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Now long now until Lifestyle Expos presents a Wedding & Honeymoon Expo in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October, from 12-6pm.
 
This is the must-attend bridal event for any bride-to-be planning a dream wedding.  Dresses, accessories, music, invitations, table decor, flowers, photographers, wedding transport, honeymoons – The Wedding & Honeymoon Expo has it all! With everything under the one roof, you can book your special day, in just one hassle-free and entertaining afternoon, availing of lots of special offers. 
 
The event will see the Royal Theatre Castlebar transformed a into wedding wonderland, with Over 60 leading wedding suppliers on display . There will be 2 Catwalk Fashion Shows each day at 1pm and 5pm, bringing every bride’s fantasy to life with traditional, glamorous and inspirational designs on show. Not forgetting the rest of the bridal party with Groomswear, Bridesmaids dresses, and something for the Mother of the Bride. These will all be available from suppliers exhibiting at the event, so if you see something you like you can find out more and order it there and then!
 
Bridal hair and makeup demonstrations will also take place throughout the day with local stylists and make up artists offering tips and advice.
 
Fabulous reception venues, including the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, McWilliam Park Hotel, Hotel Westport, Galway Bay Hotel and Radisson Blu Sligo, will be on display, ready to provide all the information needed for the perfect wedding reception.
 
To capture your special day, we will have a selection of the finest wedding photographers for you to meet.  You will also have the opportunity to book youe honeymoon and save thousands of Euro and avoid all the hassle of trying to plan it all yourselves.
 
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for lots more information and details on the exhibitors and the event www.facebook.com/LifestyleExpos.Wedding . 
 
For more information or to exhibit, please contact Léon (083) 1381331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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New Show: Nathan Carter live in Concert w/Special Guests

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Nathan Carter live in concert with Special Guests at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

Fresh from an appearance on The Late Late Show Nathan Carter has announced a special Christmas concert live in The Royal Theatre.

An ideal Christmas gift.

 

 

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New Show: HOW GREAT THOU ART

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‘HOW GREAT THOU ART’.  
THE SPIRITUAL HITS CONCERT

Featuring Ireland’s Greatest Voice

RED HURLEY

With soprano Sandra Oman and Special Guest Choirs Royal Theatre, Castlebar –
Sunday 3rd November 2013
Tickets €28 incl. booking fee.

The Royal Theatre presents a unique evening of Spiritual, Gospel & Pop hits featuring arguably Ireland’s Greatest Voice Red Hurley with Soprano Sandra Oman and Special Guest Choirs takes place on Sunday 3rd November at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar

Red Hurley has been enjoying significant success in both the UK and USA markets, with his forays into inspirational Gospel Recordings, with luminaries such as Dr. Maya Angelou, America’s Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Terry Wogan numbered among the admirers of the Irish-born singer.  

When Sir Terry Wogan played 'How Great Thou Art' on his famous Radio Show, he was amazed with the huge response he received. The Wake up to Wogan Producer Alan Boyd said "I have never received so many emails about any track that we have played!” Sir Terry Wogan declared that Red Hurley has a magnificent, tremendous voice. 

Dr. Maya Angelou, America’s Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner calls Red 'Her Son' and has helped introduce him to a whole new audience Stateside.    Red Hurley sang earlier this year at a concert to celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou’s birthday.  He also performed with The Harlem Gospel Choir at the ‘Healing the Race’ concert for the Global movement for inter-Racial Healing which was attended by Dr. Maya Angelou. 


Red Hurley is one of Ireland's elite legendary entertainers, whose singing career has spanned several decades. He is principally known as a solo artist, although he has performed with various bands including (in his early career) some of Ireland's top showbands. Though he straddled the showband era, Red Hurley emerged most strongly in the 1970s as one of the country's first pop stars and sex symbols. In 1976 Hurley represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "When", composed by Brendan Graham. He is one of the most successful solo male singers in Irish show-business history, with a chart and live performance career spanning five decades. He remains one of Ireland's best loved entertainers and, since 2005, has also enjoyed significant success in both the UK and USA markets, with his forays into inspirational Gospel Recordings, with luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey and Terry Wogan numbered among the admirers of the Irish-born singer.

Red Hurley now enjoys renewed success both in Ireland and the USA. In 2010 he celebrated 40 years in show business with a sell out tour of Ireland with his special guest, legendary US Singer Rita Coolidge.  The highlight was a sell out show at Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre. A new admirer of Red's is the Pulitzer Prize Winning American author Maya Angelou, who calls Red 'Her Son' and who has helped introduce him to a whole new audience Stateside. A 'greatest hits' compilation 'Red Hurley - The Hits' reached the Irish top ten in 2009 and is still selling steadily. He also starred in a coast to coast TV special for PBS in America in 2006, filmed before a live audience in Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Speaking in September 2010 of the renewed interest in his career, Red said that he was 'delighted and really enjoying his life again'.  Internet concert reviews blog Daniel Lindon Reviews said of Red 'Rarely has an artist had the persistence and self belief to rise above so many career setbacks and emerge once again triumphant, he is without a doubt one of the greatest male singers in the world today and his international success is long overdue'. Red Hurley is once again back on top and it seems he is enjoying every minute. He continues to tour regularly in both the US and Ireland with his most recent 7 date Irish mini tour in 2012 selling out at venues across Ireland.

Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Sunday 3rd November 2013.
€28 incl. booking fee.
Available from the Box Office 094-9023111, and usual Ticketmaster outlets.

 

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Midwest Radio broadcasting 'Up For The Match' LIVE

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Midwest Radio – in association with Cairde Mhaigheo and the Mayo County Board -  present “Up for the Match” live from the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Thursday night September 19th.

This live broadcast features a number of panels of former Mayo footballers, managers and pundits who will all give their views on how both the All-Ireland minor and senior finals will go.

There’s exclusive interviews with Mayo Manager James Horan as well as the views of Kieran McGeeney and Joe Brolly on the big screen.

The special guest is former Donegal GAA star Martin McHugh who will reveal who he thinks will lift the Sam Maguire.  There’s also a chance of getting your hands on All-Ireland tickets in our monster raffle with a number of sets of tickets for the big game up for grabs.

All monies raised are to the Mayo GAA team training fund and tickets are just €15.  The live broadcast starts at 8.45 pm and all ticket holders must be seated at 8.30 sharp.

Tickets can now be purchased at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar; The Food Store, Claremorris; Muldoon Insurance, Westport; Reape’s Auto Service Station, Foxford; Murphy’s Newsagents, Ballinrobe; Achill Post Office and Walshtown Service Station in Kiltimagh.

So get the jerseys on and bring you flags to the biggest event in the lead up to the All Ireland football finals and join us for “Up for the Match” at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Thursday September 19th live on Midwest Radio – supporting Mayo all the way.

Doors open at 8.00pm and all ticket holders must be seated by 8.30 pm ahead of the live broadcast.



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HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING

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Mid West Radio are all set for their 5th Annual Hospice Coffee Morning at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Thursday September 19th. 

Join Midwest Radio for Connacht’s biggest coffee morning on Thursday September 19th at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar to raise funds for hospices across the province.

This is our 5th year of running one of the largest coffee mornings in the entire country and we’re hoping to have over one thousand people with us on what will be another memorable morning.  Admission is just €10 which includes your steaming hot coffee which will be served from 9.00 am and entry to our super stage concert which commences at 11.00 am.

Our guests this year include Michael English, Patrick Feeney, Gerry Guthrie, John McIntyre, Frank McCaffrey, Brian Flanagan, Olwyn Murray, Michael S. Togher and a few extra surprises on the morning!  It’s a star-studded line up so make sure you join us!

Send a stamped addressed envelope with a cheque/postal order for the number of tickets you wish to purchase and remember tickets are €10 each.  It is important to remember to make the cheque/postal order payable to the hospice of your choice ie Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, Galway Hospice or North West Hospice.

So, get your family, neighbours or local group together and join us for the West’s biggest coffee morning as we support Hospice Coffee Day on Thursday September 19th from 9.00 am in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

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Finbar Hoban Presents... Therapy?

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Finbar Hoban Presents... Therapy? live in the Ruby Room on October 27th. 

Tickets (€22.20) go on sale this Friday 14th June from entertainment.ie and from Downtown Records, Castlebar. 

 

 

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The Emigrants Farewell - Video

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After a fantastic night of tears, joy and laughter in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar in April, we are delighted to welcome back The Emigrants Farewell on 15th August. 

This artfully crafted human story captivates the audience who are virtually transported back in time. Gifted actors turn in compelling performances in their portrayal of life in Co. Mayo in 1912. This is a story which moves seamlessly between humour and sadness with many moments evoking great pathos. 



Tickets are €20 (€16 for groups of 10 or more), €12 (Under 12's) and family ticket €50. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster online and outlets nationwide, and from the Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: The Live Last Waltz, 27th July

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A collective of some of Dublin's most legendary musicians under the name "The Group", who are mostly members of the Butler family, set about the task of recreating the two hour live show in honor of the original concert.

"The Last Waltz", was an outstanding rock documentary of the last concert by 'The Band'. Veteran director Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history. It started as a concert and became a celebration as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars -- including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond and Muddy Waters -- take the stage for "The Band's" 1976 farewell performance.

With a cast and crew of over 30, an 11-piece band and full brass section, 13 amazing special guests, and archive footage on a giant screen, this spectacular live re-enactment of the 'The Last Waltz' is a must for all who love their music.

"A truly magical celebration" - Doc Bailey (Life Records).

"The young man who plays Morrison is just sublime" - Brian Lally (RTE) MCD Presents

Tickets, €25, are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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A Night With The Stars line up announced!

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Midwest Radio is delighted to announce details of our next ‘Night With The Stars’ concert at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Tuesday June 11th at 8:00 pm. Another star-studded line up of acts has been confirmed with ten of Ireland’s top entertainers live on stage in a four-hour music bonanza.

All the acts are bill toppers in their own right and fans of the various artists will be able to enjoy what will be one of the nights of the year at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

Confirmed artists include the biggest names in Country music with Mike Denver, Nathan Carter, Michael English, Patrick Feeney and Gerry Guthrie all raring to go!  Other artists on the bill include Declan Nerney, Dominic Kirwan and the ever-popular Crystal Swing ready to woo the audience as only they can!  

This concert will also feature the ‘find of the year’ for Midwest Radio listeners as multi-instrumentalist and singer John McIntyre will be performing in the Royal Theatre for the first time.  No ‘Night With The Stars’ concert would be complete without a legend and who better than Margo to fill that role as she makes the trip from Donegal to join us for this special night..


Make sure to get your tickets ASAP, as this show is sure to be a sell out.

Tickets, €25 (including booking fee), are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Midwest Radio 'A Night With The Stars' announced for June!

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Midwest Radio presents another action-packed “Night With The Stars” at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Tuesday 11th June, 2013 at 8.00 pm.

It’s going to be another dazzling stage show with Ireland’s top entertainers all on one stage. One great artist after another with a full 10-piece orchestra.  Line up to be be announced shortly.

Make sure to get your tickets ASAP, as this show is sure to be a sell out.

Tickets, €25 (including booking fee), go on sale this TOMORROW at 9am. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Billy Connolly leaves the Royal in fits of laughter!

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Billy Connolly saw, came and conquered The Royal Theatre in Castlebar last night. Over 2000 people turned up to see the comedy legend perform a nearly 2 and a half hour set - which was packed to the brim of Billy's genius jokes and hilarious stories. 




Billy also came out to greet and have a chat with some of his fans who stayed behind to meet the comedy legend.

Photo courtesy of @brianjhand via Twitter. 

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