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Albert Hammond live for one memorable show!

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Legendary singer / songwriter, Albert Hammond, comes to The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Saturday 10th October, for one memorable show!

 

One of the all time greatest songwriters, his live performances are also tremendous! He´s joined on stage by his own band to present a stunning 2.5 hour journey through five decades of our lives.

 

There was amazing reaction to Albert on The Late Late Show recently, when sitting on the couch beside Ryan Tubridy, with his acoustic guitar in hand, he stunned the audience, when he sang one massive hit after hit, which he has written down through the years.

 

Albert Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide. This stunning show contains his most successful songs like ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’, The Free Electric Band, When I Need You and The Air Than I Breathe. Hear the songs, the stories behind them and the artists Albert has worked with including: Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and many many more...

 

Other hits include ‘Down By The River’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘I'm A Train’, ‘To all the girls I’ve loved before’, ‘When I need You’, and others too numerous to mention.

 

He’s even responsible for making our own Joe Dolan an international star! He penned ‘Make me an Island’, ‘Good Lookin’ Woman’ and ‘Teresa’ for Joe. “I loved Joe” He said. “After I wrote those songs for him, I moved to California. Joe was looking for more material to record. But nobody told me. That was a big regret of mine. Joe was an amazing talent and a wonderful person”

 

Albert has been writing hit songs for over 50 years. There has not been a single decade in which he has not written multiple hits songs since he scored his first hit with ‘Little Arrows’ at the age of 24. That song was a Number One in the Irish Charts for The Dixies Showband and the Spanish version went on to top the charts in many Latin American Countries.

 

 His songs have been responsible for over 50 chart-topping hits.

 

He has been inducted into The Songwriters ‘Hall of Fame’ and has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

 

The man is simply a living legend. Don’t miss him in concert!

 

Sat 10th Oct   |   Doors 7pm. Show 8pm   |   Tkts: €25

 

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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The legendary TOM JONES to perform in Castlebar!

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MCD and The Royal Theatre are thrilled to announce the legendary Tom Jones will play a date at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sun 21st June.

 

 Tom Jones is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. He has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice. This is a unique opportunity for music fans to experience one of the most iconic voices of all time, perform hits from his vast catalogue, in an intimate theatre setting. Tickets from €59.50 incl b. fee go on-sale this Monday, May 18th at 9am.

 

Tom Jones’ 49-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for nearly five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 74—the best reviews of his career for his two most recent albums Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert. Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.

 

 

In 2015, Sir Tom continued his role as Coach on BBC’s primetime television show The Voice. Now in its fourth Series, Tom was working alongside Will.i.am, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson coaching talented hopefuls in their search to become successful musical artists.Currently fresh from performing in Los Angeles at the 25th Anniversary of MusiCares honouring Bob Dylan, and the 57th Annual Grammy’s alongside Jessie J, Tom is ready to hit the road again with his 2015 US and European tour.

 

 “His biggest asset is the voice of thunder, last night it filled the Madrid Sports Palace with power and strength. Jones chose a deep and varied repertoire, in which there was rhythm & blues, gospel, country and rock…the voice ignited the public.”

- Rolling Stone (Madrid)

 

 

Sun 21st June | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €59.50 

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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It's Mayo International Choral Festival time again!

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The fourth Mayo International Choral Festival is fast approaching and what a festival it promises to be! 

 

Following on from last year, which saw Mayo come alive with the arrival of 33 national and international choirs, this year’s festival promises to as exciting with more top class choirs and internationally renowned adjudicators. 

 

For those choirs eager to get on the competitive ladder!  

 

The Premier Competition will once again be the highlight of our festival as it will form the backbone to our ‘Gala Choral Concert’. For the past three years audiences have been enthralled by the standard of choral singing on offer. Every winning choir from the festival will compete to take home the ultimate accolade of ‘Choir of the Festival’. The evening will conclude with our wonderfully unique ‘massed choir’ featuring several hundred choral singers from visiting and local choirs joining together en-masse to raise the roof in spirited song!

 

With support from Mayo County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Royal Theatre.

 

Afterglow with entertainment in the Café Bar at the Theatre.

 

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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Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin GAA to take on Strictly Come Dancing

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Fri 5th June  |  Doors 7pm. Show 8pm  |  Tkts: €10.

 

Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin GAA Club recently officially launched Strictly Come Dancing 2015 and the organisers and participants are very much looking forward to the upcoming fundraiser, which takes place at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Friday 5th June.

 

Ten couples, all of whom are well known personalities from around the locality have enlisted for this year’s event. They are Barbara Flynn and Liam Foy, Paula Cloherty and Marcus Connaughton, Anthony Dunne and Aine Quigley, James Kelly and Barbara Ronayne, Darren Durkan and Sally Lydon, Pat Lynch and Kelly Dunne, Emily Connor and Kevin Neary, Pat Naughton and Karen Connor, Cathy Geraghty and Shane Flynn and John Cloherty and Maeve Hopkins. Under the guidance of the gifted choreographer Jason Guthrie, our ten couples are getting into the spirit of things and having great fun learning how to ballroom dance.It will surely be a wonderful night out, not to be missed.

 

Be sure to get your tickets in time to avail of the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the local legends strutting their stuff on the night. Check out our Parke Keelogues Crimlin Strictly Come Dancing Facebook page for all the strictly goss!!!

 

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Tickets are now on sale from usual outlets or contact club officials -
Marcella Dunne 087 9905362 or Ger Murphy 087 2304158.

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Barbershop Singing Convention, October 2015 officially launched.

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 Barbershop Singing Convention, October 2015 officially launched.
Quartets and choruses to converge on Castlebar from around the globe! 

 

The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) recently launched their 2015 Convention in fine vocal harmony at an evening of singing and much banter. The event was launched by Maire Hunt, Chairperson of IABS, and Edward Horkan, represented the Mayo International Choral Festival (Chairman), the working team on the ground who will assist with the running of the event. The national award winning female Barbershop quartet - Note-Orious 4 and also the sizzling Sandbars male quartet provided a taste of what's to come in October - and boy were they in top vocal form!

 

Maire Hunt said “We are delighted to be bringing our celebration of Barbershop Singing to Castlebar this year. We have great interest from a lot of overseas groups who want to come to the West of Ireland. Our big announcement is that we can confirm that Storm Front, one of the premier quartets in the USA, will be our guests at the 2015 Convention”. She also thanked the Mayo International Choral Festival for their ongoing help, the Royal Theatre, the TF Royal Hotel and Harlequin Hotel for their assistance with the launch.

 

Edward Horkan, stated that, as Chairperson of Mayo International Choral Festival and on behalf of the committee, he was delighted to welcome Maire Hunt and the Barbershop Singers to the official launch of The IABS Convention and is looking forward to an extremely successful event this October.

 

Pat Jennings who spoke on behalf of the Royal Theatre and Martina Nicholson from The Harlequin Hotel said that the team was eager to show the Barbershop delegates true Mayo hospitality throughout their stay in Castlebar.

 

Michael Baynes, Castlebar tourism and events coordinator, expressed the importance of so many visitors coming to Castlebar over the IABS weekend and what a fantastic opportunity it was for both the Barbershop delegates and the people of Mayo to have such a wonderful convention in the county town. He thanked IABS for deciding to host their convention in Castlebar.

 

Every year the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) hold Quartet and Chorus competitions for National and International Barbershop Singing in different locations around Ireland. While the emphasis is on competitions, it also impacts the streets and nightlife of Castlebar, generating a significant boost to the local economy. Castlebar can expect top quality concerts, and a host of free performances, taking place at key locations across the town on a Barbershop Trail.

 

All events are open to the public and the evening concerts are the highlight of the weekend, when the award winners take to the stage! Barbershop groups from many countries travel each year to enjoy the Irish convention including from the U.S.A., England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Finland and Sweden.

 

The internationally renowned event is being hosted by Mayo International Choral Festival, who contacted IABS in 2013 to consider hosting the event in Castlebar, and subsequently invited the IABS committee to have one of their meetings in Castlebar, where they experienced first hand the hospitality and friendliness of Mayo people, as well as performance and accommodation facilities.

 

The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers was founded in Offaly in 1988 and promotes the tradition of barbershop singing in Ireland. The first Irish Barbershop Convention was held in Birr in 1989. Since then a dedicated and growing number of Barbershop enthusiasts have ensured the growing popularity of this very distinctive four-part harmony a cappella style of singing. There are many studies and theories relating to the history of Barbershop, and many believe that, as the name implies, it started in barbershops in the USA, while people were waiting their turn for a haircut or shave.

 

The barbershop soon became the place to hang out, and the singing continued in the streets after the barbershop closed for the day. By the early 1900s, barbershop had become immensely popular, and no show was complete without a Barbershop Quartet. The influence of barbershop music on other forms of popular music has been profound. Frank Sinatra sang in a barbershop quartet before he became famous as a solo singer. The vocal quartets of bands such as those of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller were also greatly influenced by the barbershop style. Close harmony was the hallmark of many pop groups such as the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons, and is very popular today with many singers and groups.

 

Castlebar, Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October 2015.

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Tickets to the concerts, open to the public, available at a later date.

 

 

'Storm Front' - special guests from the USA

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IrishTV to broadcast Mayo Day LIVE from Castlebar

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Irish TV to broadcast “Mayo Day Live” - A two-hour live show from Mayo's county town, Castlebar.

 

Irish TV will broadcast a live entertainment programme ‘Mayo Day Live’ on Saturday May 2nd from the The Royal Theatre in Castlebar to celebrate the inaugural Mayo Day.

 

‘Mayo Day Live’ a 2 hour live television production produced by Irish TV and broadcast on Sky channel 191, will be a celebration of County Mayo - its heritage, its culture and its people - and will contain a mix of performances, music and chat in a gala-style setting. The event is being organised in association with Mayo County Council as part of the Mayo Day celebrations that are sweeping the County on May 2nd.

 

The show will feature a star-studded line-up of performers including: HomeTown, The Clew Bay Pipe Band, Mundy, Matt Molloy & friends, Lisa Canny and Hurricane Highway. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will deiver a live address from his hometown on the night.

 

TV personality and former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will host the night. “I’m delighted to be involved in ‘Mayo Day Live’ on Irish TV. Mayo is a unique county, which has made an immense impact both nationally and internationally. It has a lot to be proud of and now it’s time to showcase the beauty, energy and vibrancy of county Mayo to the World. It’s really exciting to have a live broadcast from my home county to celebrate Mayo Day and I’d really encourage people to come along and experience this unique event first hand.” said the Carnacon native.

 

The live broadcast will be shown on the Irish TV channel on Sky 191 between 8pm and 10pm on Saturday May 2nd but Irish TV CEO Pierce O’Reilly is encouraging the Mayo public to come along to the TF Royal Theatre and support the event. “This programme will trace the history and heritage of Mayo and feature performances from some of the county’s greatest artists and entertainers as well as contributions from its most decorated citizens. It is a great opportunity for people to be part of a live TV audience and experience a live TV event here in our own county”.

 

Tickets, €20, are limited - with all proceeds going to local Mayo Charities.

 

The Irish TV channel can be watched on Sky 191, Freesat 400 and all over the world online at www.irishtv.com. Irish viewers can also watch on Eircom’s eVision 191 and all Free to Air boxes.

 

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Sat 2nd May | Doors 7pm. Show 7.45pm.

All seats must be taken by 7.30pm.

Tkts: €20

 

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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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

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Happy birthday, Shakespeare! Today is the universally accepted date on which to celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564.

 

We are delighted to announce that rehearsals are well underway for the epic production of 'DruidShakespeare' on 17th, 18th and 20th June. 

 

Shakespeare’s tales of ambition, destruction, responsibility and rebellion are performed with an exceptional cast, live music, thrilling dramatic stage combat bloodshed moments and some of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comic scenes, with a rousing parade of characters.

A fascinating  story of families, wars and the making of nations, DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens – the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.

 


DruidShakespeare is a stand-alone experience so audience members do not need any prior knowledge of the plays or the historical background to enjoy it. Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distills the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action. Shakespeare’s language has been preserved, as has the chronology of the plays, but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

Directed by Tony-award winner Garry Hynes, Mark O’Rowe’s new pared down version of Shakespeare’s four history plays, the key foundational narrative of the English monarchy, will be presented b
y a 13-strong stellar cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, the bedrock of the company.

As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V, English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.
Richard II’s story is the loss of innocence. A king since he was a child, when he finds his throne under threat he must consider how a king can become a man. Henry IV’s story is the price of arrogance. Having plucked the crown from his cousin’s head, he enrages nobility and jeopardises the loyalty of his supporters until he has only his family to turn to. Henry V’s is a coming-of-age story. He squanders his youth with scoundrels and mistresses, but must face up to his fate as heir in order to win over nobility and unite his country.

Two giants of theatre – Druid and Shakespeare – together for the first time in over a decade, the production is a special celebration of Druid’s 40th year making theatre.
Druid takes four epic works grounded in history and contemporise them with Mark O’Rowe’s incisive adaptation, Conor Linehan’s original music, movement direction from David Bolger, award-winning design from co-director Francis O’Connor and live singing from a 13-strong cast including some of the Druid Ensemble. Cast: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea

Suitable for ages 12 years and up.

 

Wed 17th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 1

 

Thurs 18th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 2
(Performance Part 1 and Performance Part 2 are
sold together as one ticket over two evenings.)

 

 Sat 20th June, 2.00pm – Full performance

 

 

Full Price €60 – Concession €52

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar, 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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Little Hours announced as Hudson Taylor support

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 LITTLE HOURS have been announced as support to Hudson Taylor on Fri 1st May. Tickets, €22.50, are on sale now.

 

Little Hours (made up of John Doherty & Ryan McCloskey) are on route to taking their Alternative Pop sound to the main stream, with the recent release of their self-titled debut EP "Little Hours". Their EP includes the infectious lead single 'It’s Still Love’.

 

Since their arrival on the Dublin music scene from their hometown, Killybegs, in Donegal they have been growing in stature.

 

 

Anyone lucky enough to catch their performances on this Summer’s festival circuit, including Electric Picnic, (Little Hours were just one of ten artists out of more than 500 entries chosen to play the festival in 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam competition) will understand why this is a band on the rise and one you need to see before the end of the year.

 

Little Hours have already supported artists such as Gavin James, Tom Baxter, Amber Run and James Bay. The Donegal duo are now preparing for their next headline show in Whelans on Thursday 28th May.

 

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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Hermitage Green return to Castlebar!

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Hermitage Green will embark on a Summer Tour across Ireland and the UK. Dates will include Wexford’s Opera House, Dublin’s Whelans, The Garage in London and also see the band play Belfast, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Castlebar and their hometown Limerick. The summer tour will commence following the release of their highly anticipated single “Jenny”.

 

Following their chart topping debut album ‘Live at Whelans’ and debut EP ‘The Gathering’ Hermitage Green’s tour will feature the brand new single Jenny along with many new tracks penned for their debut studio album. Famed for their energetic live performances, these new songs will continue to win the hearts of music fans across the world.

 

The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.

 

Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the US. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help to give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound.

 

Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro melodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.

 

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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Starcamp Summer Camps

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Since 2007, STARCAMP Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding NOT-TO-BE-MISSED week that will make a difference to their lives and it is coming to The Royal Theatre and Hotel from the 27-31 July from 9.30am-2.30pm daily.  STARCAMP’s core ethos is building children’s self esteem & confidence.  We fully understand and appreciate the difference in each amazing child and we want to bring out the best in each one for who they are. We offer endless enjoyment, encouragement and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer exceptional, new and diverse opportunities to our students each year. STARCAMP summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin and have released singles into the charts!
 
STARCAMP has won numerous awards and successfully secured backing on Dragons’ Den.
 
Open to ALL BOYS & GIRLS AGED 4-13 of all levels and abilities with a New ADVANCED PROGRAM for 9-13 year olds. Whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage we have something for everyone.
 
Garda Vetted, qualified or trainee teachers, music professionals, choreographers and drama coaches are amongst Starcamp’s talented instructors.
There will be a short Friday Showcase at collection time where all children will get to sing and dance!
 
Book Online at http://www.starcamp.ie and you are automatically in the draw for a wonderful family break.
 
The camp costs;
One child €90
Two siblings €160
Three siblings €220
We are now offering Installment payments to make it easier for you! Call the office on 021 4377900 to discuss options.
 
 
EVERY CHILD RECEIVES A STARCAMP T-SHIRT, A STARCAMP WRISTBAND AND A SPECIAL STAR AWARD!
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In Photos - HomeTown

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of HomeTown in concert on Easter Sun 5th April 2015. What a fantastic show!

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Strictly Winners '15, A fantastic night of Big Bands and ballroom dancing

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If you love the sound of Big Bands and ballroom dancing atmosphere, then this is the event for you! Get to the Royal Theatre on Friday 10th April for a music and dance extravaganza. The Big Chris Barber Band and Strictly Winners contestants will grace the biggest suspended dance floor in Connaught for Barbers upcoming European tour.

 

Enjoy the captivating jazz and blues sounds from the amazing 10-piece Big Chris Barber Band, who are including the Royal Theatre, Castlebar as one of only three Irish dates.

 

The evening also features 'Strictly Winners 2015 - which will see many of the strictly and social dancers from around the county dance it out on the dance floor, all for their chosen charity. The Chris Barber Band will play before and after the contest.

 

This unique event is a night for all who love to listen or love to dance - don't miss a fantastic night of Big Band ballroom dancing atmosphere!

 

Inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Chris formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen. In 1953, along with Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, he joined forces with Ken Colyer. Then, with the replacement of Colyer by Pat Halcox, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen became Chris Barber's Jazz Band in 1954 and has been one of Europe's most successful traditional jazz bands ever since.

 

 

Over the years, Chris Barber's Jazz Band evolved into the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz.

 

More recently Barber has been carrying the torch of trad jazz into a sixth decade of creative professional activity, expanding his group to include 10 players known as The Big Chris Barber Band while consistently delivering music of unpretentious warmth and historic depth.

 

This night will see the Strictly Winners dance contestants battle it out for the Strictly Winners title, raising vital funds for Western Care, St. Anthony's Special School and The Irish Cancer Society. Each of our eight couples; John Conroy & Aoife Hastings, Tom Ralph & Josephine Sheridan, John & Teresa Moran, John Geraghty & Eileen Toner, Tracey Heneghan & Attila Feliki, Mary O' Sullivan & John Power, Ann Kelly & Jim Lawlor and Frances MacNamara & John Paul Reilly will battle it out on the dance floor for a place in the top three. The top three dancers on the night will be judged by a panel of three dance teachers and will be judged solely on their dance ability at that stage and not their fundraising.

 

The Strictly winner will receive €1000 towards their chosen Charity as well as top prizes on the night.

 

 Fri 10th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.90

 

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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HomeTown's dazzling cover of The Calling 'Wherever You Will Go'

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HomeTown have just uploaded a fantastic cover of The Calling's hit song 'Wherever You Will Go'. Magnificent vocals and dazzling harmonies from the boys! You can watch the video below.

 

Catch HomeTown in concert this coming Sun 5th April at The Royal Theatre. Doors 7pm, show 8pm.

Tickets €25. Call 094 9023111 / 0818 300 000 or visit www.royaltheatre.ie / www.ticketmaster.ie

 

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In Photos: Mike Denver 31.03.2015

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of Mike Denver in concert on Tues 31st March 2015. Mike also filmed his new DVD on the night! 

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A video message from HomeTown

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Hometown, who are due to perform at the Royal Theatre this coming Easter Sun 5th April have a video message for their fans.

 

 

 

 

The HomeTown sextet of Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. The single, penned by Irish chart toppers Kodaline, managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot, a feat that is a source of great pride for the group.

 

Over the past twelve months, they have grown as a group, supporting Shane Filan on his Irish tour and playing to a 14,000 capacity crowd at the annual Childline concert in Dublin’s 3Arena.

 

This will be an extra special show for one certain member of the band, Cian Morrin. Cian is a born and bred Castlebar man, and this will be his first 'hometown' show since joining the band. After being eliminated from the X Factor three years ago, he believed his chance of chart success had passed him by. He was training to be a national schoolteacher but dropped out when he got the call from Louis Walsh. ‘I was on the X Factor in 2012 and I made it to Bootcamp but then got knocked out’, he says. ‘It is a cruel machine and I was 17 and quite naive about the whole thing, but I learned a lot form that experience. I gave everything up when I got into the band. For me my goal is to sell out a tour in Ireland and the UK by next year.’

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WIN: Easter Entertainment EGG-stravaganza Competition!

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We are giving one lucky winner 2 tickets to any Easter show of their choice!

Pick between Dolores & Sean Keane, HomeTown, Smash Hits, We Banjo 3, Strictly Winners '15, Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia or Hudson Taylor.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 
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In Photos: The Kilfenora Ceili Band 29.03.2015

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of The Kilfenora Ceili Band in concert on Sun 29th March 2015. What a fantastic night of music!

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Jurassic Adventures postponed until Oct 1st

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JURASSIC ADVENTURES HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 9TH APRIL TO 1ST OCT 

 

Dr. Grant, general manage and creator of the theme park, will not be able to attend its official opening, as he is caught in the middle of a cyclone. Therefore, he gives phone instructions to his daughter Alexandra and his assistant Paris Milton so they, with the help of an intern (Diego Carter), can manage the theme park and put it to work.

This causes comical situations with the interaction of the actors and the children in the audience - such as the presentation of the first Palaeolithic man created from fossilized DNA (Sapi) and how kids take the necessary instructions on how they should behave when they finally see the dinosaurs of the island. Accidents, technical failures, escapes, storms and many special effects will transport audiences to an adventure full of tenderness, with the birth of the first baby dinosaur of the park (Chub) and exciting situations that culminate with two dinosaurs (Dana and Raptor) in an epic fight.

Jurassic Adventures presents a ground-breaking set up which takes the audience to a Jurassic theme park. Using theatrical art technologies such as a 7.1 sound system, a climate system that simulates artificial olfactory environments, state of the art lighting, all in harmony with a stage-styled theme park scenery, the audience is not only transported to the park itself, but also participates in the adventure.

 

The cast unveil the most intriguing secrets of a theme park where everything is possible, from experiencing a cyclone, to interacting with two "real” dinosaurs equipped with a new hydraulic technology which makes realistic body movements and sounds, and which freely roam, throughout the auditorium.

 

Thurs 1st Oct | Doors 1.30pm. Show 2.30pm 
Tkts: €13 (Child), €16 (Adult) €48 (Family)

 

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

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The Matchmaker to return this November!

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One of Ireland's greatest comic talents Jon Kenny comes together with the legendary Irish actor Mary McEvoy in a revival of Michael Scott's iconic production of The Matchmaker. After a hugely successful show last October, The Matchmaker will take to the stage at The Royal Theatre again this coming Sat 28th November.

John B Keane's hilarious hit play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country. At the centre of this celebrated production is John B’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!

 

Sat 28th Nov | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €20

  

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

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

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CRN World Open Dancing Championships - this June

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Cumann Rince Naisiúnta, a world wide Irish Dancing Organisation, celebrated it's thirtieth anniversary with the launch of the Craobhacha Oscailte na Cruinne (World Open Championships).

 

This year, this spectacular event takes place again in Mayo at The Royal Theatre. Over recent years CRN has expanded across the world to include regions in Australia, China, North America and mainland Europe.

 

CRN will continue it's Open Platform policy at the World Open Irish Dancing Championships. This means that any dancer regarrdless of their school or organization may compete.

 

More details to be announced. For more information on this event please visitwww.crn.ie

 

Fri 26th - Sun 28th June | More info soon

 

 

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Deja Vu announced for Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia

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Deja Vu, the spectacular barbershop quartet from Cork, have been announced for Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia on Sat 11th April.


Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia is an evening of fabulous, authentic glamour; evoking the glamour of the 40’s and 50’s with fun, entertainment and exhibitors on the night.

 

‘The Living Vintage Company’, in association with the Harlequin Hotel, is displaying their private collection of authentic clothes and accessories in a vintage fashion show extravaganza in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar as a fundraiser in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Castlebar Musical Society and the IABS Convention. The evening will also feature exhibitors of vintage photography, artifacts, jewelley, and clothes, and entertainment of the era. From the austerity of the second world war right up to ‘The glorification of the female form’ in the 1950’s these times are brought to life on the catwalk by beautiful models who smile and model in the 1940-50’s style of gentleness and femininity. Whether pencil slim or full and flirty, Living Vintage post-war styles gives ladies back their femininity. Living Vintage evenings are great fun, most enjoyable, lots of “ooh’s and aah’s” and a good few laughs! Young people look to certain periods of history and wish they had experienced it, while others who have lived through it love to remember it. You only need one hat or one suit to set off a trip down memory lane!

 

Owned by sisters Bridget Owens and Marian Keenan, Living Vintage is a not for profit organisation and all monies raised are donated to the designated charities.

 

Living Vintage is delighted to be invited by Mr Pat Jennings, and he very much welcomes this first visit to Castlebar after very successful shows in Ballybofey, Enniskillen and Strabane. Bridget explains: "Living Vintage evenings are great fun with plenty of laughs and many happy nostalgic memories. We are extremely proud of our collection of authentic forties and fifties fashion, including designer and some very rare dresses. All the outfits are accessorised with the appropriate vintage hats, gloves, bags, furs, jewellery and of course, seamed stockings”. Bridget weaves a story through the evening with her sparkling script - a hilarious storyline involving one of the models, Marian, sharing her quest and frustrations in finding a date and/or husband!!  And all happens whilst modelling an amazing range of 1940-1950’s attire!

 

So, ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax and be transported back to the glamour of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Let our stylists and make-up artists transform your modern visage to an iconic presence of yesteryear, and be entertained by sweet vocal harmonies from a barbershop quarter.

 

Fantastic prizes on the night for the best dressed Man, Woman and Couple, sporting the fashion of the era. Exhibitors of vintage photography, artifacts, jewelley, and clothes.

 

 

Tickets from €20

Tickets In-Person: Committee Members, or Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar or Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

 

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Easter at The Royal Theatre

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Dolores & Sean Keane - Sat 4th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €30.

Brother and sister, Dolores and Sean Keane are coming together for an incredibly special concert at The Royal Theatre. Dolores, who was a founding member of De Dannan, is known the world-over for her deep, yet melodic voice. Sean Keane, together with Frances Black and others, was a founder member of the group Arcady. He was voted Performer of the Year by readers of Irish Music Magazine in 97/98 and 98/99

 

HomeTown - Sun 5th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €25.

HomeTown, the new boyband sensation managed by Louis Walsh, play their first ever concert in Castlebar. Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014.

 

Smash Hits - Sun 5th April

Show 11pm. Tickets €10.

Smash Hits! are a unique, entertaining tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B. This Dublin six-piece is comprised of experienced musicians performing the best of classic 90s tracks from acclaimed artists such as Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, House of Pain, Take That, Spice Girls, Haddaway, Prodigy and Snap, amongst others.

 

We Banjo 3 - Mon 6th April

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. Tickets €17.50.

Award-winning quartet, We Banjo 3, combine Irish music with old-time American and bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

 

Jurassic Adventures - Thurs 9th April

Doors 1.30pm, Show 2.30pm. Tickets €13/€16/€48.

Jurassic Adventures presents a ground-breaking set up which takes the audience to a Jurassic theme park. The cast unveil the most intriguing secrets of a theme park where everything is possible, from experiencing a cyclone, to interacting with two "real” dinosaurs equipped with a new hydraulic technology which makes realistic body movements and sounds, and which freely roam, throughout the auditorium.

 

Strictly Winners '15 - Fri 10th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €22.90

The winners of several different Strictly Come Dancing events compete against each other to see who will be the ultimate Strictly Winner! You also get to warm up on the night to The Big Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured eight-piece group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz. The band will play before and after the contest!

 

Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia - Sat 11th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets from €20

‘The Living Vintage Company’, in association with the Harlequin Hotel, is displaying their private collection of authentic clothes and accessories in a vintage fashion show extravaganza. This will also be a fundraise in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Castlebar Musical Society and the IABS Convention. So sit back, relax and be transported back to the glamour of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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A video message from Nathan Carter

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Country Music’s brightest star Nathan Carter returns for a massive weekend extravaganza of country music on 8th, 9th & 10th May 2015.

 

The weekend kicks off on Friday 8th May, when Nathan and his band will light up the stage with a very special concert - featuring all the classic hits and songs that have made him a firm favorite with audiences. Special guests on the night will be Louise Morrissey & Brendan Quinn. There will also be dancing after the concert with Matt Leavy.

 

On Saturday 9th May, things continue with our ‘Super Dance’'. Gerry Guthrie & Band kick things off from 9pm - 10.45pm, before the man himself Nathan Carter take to the stage from 11pm - 1pm. There will also be after show dancing with Stuart Moyles.

 

That brings us onto the last day of the weekend, Sunday 10th May. There will be afternoon dancing kicking off at 3pm with Nathan Carter.

 

Accommodation and entertainment packages are available for €199. This includes 2 nights B&B at the on site 4-star Harlequin Hotel, or 3-star TF Royal Hotel, and admission to all entertainment over the weekend. Please The Royal Box Office or TF Royal Hotel on 094 9023111 for more information. Or alternatively call the Harlequin Hotel on 094 9286200.

 

 

 

Tickets for Fri 8th: €27.90
AvailableIn-Person: Royal Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Available By Phone:094 90 23111 or 0818 300 000

Available Online: www.ticketmaster.ie

 

Tickets for Sat 9th: €20
Available on the door.


Tickets for Sun 10th: Under 10's FREE, 10-16yrs €10, Over 16/Adults €15
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Peter Pan on Ice - Night 1 - In Photos

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Some photos from the first night of Peter Pan on Ice at The Royal Theatre on Mon 16th March.

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Peter Pan on Ice - Behind The Scenes Setup

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The Royal Theatre welcomes Peter Pan On Ice next week - so let's take a look at what work is required to get the stage set up for this amazing show. It involves creating an 8cm-thick ice rink, containing 14 tons of actual frozen water, and bringing a stage set and equipment to the west of Ireland that will just about fit in two 40ft trucks! 

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Hermitage Green to return this summer!

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After a stomping show here in Castlebar last Christmas, Hermitage Green are set to return again this summer. Famed for their energetic live performances, Hermitage Green will return to the Ruby Room on Fri 12th June.

 

Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.



Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound. Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits, it seems fitting that their debut album should capture the raw power of the band on stage.



The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit, with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.



The band released their debut EP, ‘The Gathering’ in September 2012, rocketing straight into number 1 in the iTunes chart. The band followed this success with tours of France, the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the US. Their sold-out extensive Australian tour featured many highlights, including playing Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.

 

Their Electric Picnic performance, to a delighted 7000 capacity Electric Arena tent, capped a busy summer of festivals.

 

Fri 12th June | Ruby Room | Doors 9pm. Show 10pm | Tkts: €20

 

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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Peter Pan on Ice show Update

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Please note the performances of Peter Pan on Ice will now not take place on Tues 17th, Wed 18th and Thurs 19th of March. The shows on Mon 16th, Fri 19th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st remain unaffected and will still be taking place.

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Rising star 'Ovie' announced as HomeTown support

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Upcoming talent Ovie Etseyatse (known as 'Ovie') has been announced as support for HomeTown on Sun 5th April. Ovie lists Michael Jackson, Jay Sean, Chris Brown, Usher and Craig David among his influences. See the music video below for Ovie's new single 'Broken Record'.

 

Tickets for HomeTown, with support from Ovie, go on sale this Friday 13th March at 9am from usual outlets. Ticket price: €25.

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New Show: Druid Shakespeare is this June!

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Wed 17th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 1

Thurs 18th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 2
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sold together as one ticket over two evenings.)

 Sat 20th June, 2.00pm – Full performance

Tickets on sale soon. Full Price €60, Concession €52

 

 

DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens.

 

As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.

 

Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distils the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action. Shakespeare’s language has been preserved as has the chronology of the plays but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

 

DruidShakespeare will be presented by a 13-strong cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, the bedrock of the company.

 

Please Note: Performance Part 1 and Performance Part 2 are sold together as one ticket over two evenings. Saturday performance starts at 2pm. Duration of full cycle is 6 hours.

 

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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Big News! Hometown announce Castlebar show!

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Sun 5th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €25
Tickets on sale Friday 13th March @ 9am.

 

 

What do you do when your record-breaking boy band retires in a blaze of glory after 14 years ruling the Charts? Well if you're Louis Walsh, you start all over again.

 

Westlife and the X Factor judge together accumulated an incredible 14 UK number-one singles, sold over 11 million albums and 6.8 million singles in the UK alone.

 

Now the pop Svengali is at it again - this time with HomeTown, a six piece vocal group made up of singers from the four corners of Ireland.

 

‘I have that same excited feeling that I had when Westlife started,’ he says. ‘These boys have the talent and the drive and the rest will come. I believe in them as a group and I am confident that there is a gap in the market for them. They are six young, talented Irish boys and I think they will have the same sort of career as Westlife and can be the next Take That’.

 

The HomeTown sextet of Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. The single, penned by Irish chart toppers Kodaline, managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot, a feat that is a source of great pride for the group.

 

Over the past twelve months, they have grown as a group, supporting Shane Filan on his Irish tour and playing to a 14,000 capacity crowd at the annual Childline concert in Dublin’s 3Arena.

 

This will be an extra special show for one certain member of the band, Cian Morrin. Cian is a born and bred Castlebar man, and this will be his first 'hometown' show since joining the band. After being eliminated from the X Factor three years ago, he believed his chance of chart success had passed him by. He was training to be a national schoolteacher but dropped out when he got the call from Louis Walsh. ‘I was on the X Factor in 2012 and I made it to Bootcamp but then got knocked out’, he says. ‘It is a cruel machine and I was 17 and quite naive about the whole thing, but I learned a lot form that experience. I gave everything up when I got into the band. For me my goal is to sell out a tour in Ireland and the UK by next year.’

 

The boy’s second single Cry For Help is due for release on March 27 in Ireland and is an upbeat pop anthem with an earworm chorus.

 

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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National Children's Choir - Thurs 30th April

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Thurs 30th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €12

 

The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children. Affiliated pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in Irish primary school learn a common repertoire of songs. The repertoire challenges the pupils to perform a broad range of songs from Bach to the Beatles. The choir enables young people to experience the sheer joy and involvement in music and song.

 

The aims of the National Children’s Choir are:

 

·       To foster a love of choral singing among primary school pupils

 

·       To enhance the musical education of those involved

The choir has its roots in European Music Year 1985. Seán Creamer (then a music inspector with the DES) wanted to celebrate this exciting event in a unique way. His idea was that large groups of children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in primary schools would learn and perform a common repertoire in public. He approached a number of teachers with this vision and they willingly supported him. This was the birth of the National Children’s Choir.

Since 1985 over 90,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the National Children’s Choir at local level. This is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of teachers all over the country.

This year 300 children from Mayo will perform in a Regional Concert in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar.


Participating schools for 2015 are:

 

  • St Patrick’s De La Salle Boy’s N.S. Castlebar
  • Breaffy N.S. Castlebar
  • Brackloon N.S. Westport
  • Carrakennedy N.S. Westport
  • Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Westport
  • St Patrick’s N.S., Louisburgh

The NCC is much more than large groups of children singing magnificent music to adoring parents, families and friends on local stages and in the National Concert Hall. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking about and celebrating the children’s musicality. As a movement it absorbs their energy and gives it back in multiples.

This year we are honoured and privileged to have local group ‘Coda’ performing at the concert. Recent headliners at the Temple Bar Trad Fest they have very kindly offered to support this initiative. It is rare to find a group of singers and musicians who can combine strong backgrounds in Irish traditional, folk and contemporary popular music with an acapella style developed through classical choral music. Coda offer an exciting new perspective on an eclectic mix of musical styles.

The Regional Concert will take place on April 30th 2015 in The Royal Theatre Castlebar , starting at 7:30pm.

 

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

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

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New Show: The World of Musicals for 3 nights only

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This April, for 3 nights only, The World of Musicals - a tribute to some of music’s legendary musicals - will arrive at The Royal Theatre to bring you the very best musical numbers from West End and Broadway.

 

In a nutshell, this is a lively, high quality, dynamic, colourful and nostalgic trip down memory lane where some of the best songs from a range of well-known musicals are brought to life.

 

The cast in this high-energy show takes you on a musical coaster ride from the music of The Lion King, to Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera! With songs from Grease and Dirty Dancing and nostalgic classics such as Mamma Mia and Singing In The Rain, you can see why this production has something to offer the whole family, whether young or young at heart! Its non-stop entertainment from start to finish!

 

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.ticketmaster.ie or www.royaltheatre.ie

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The Ultimate Eagles - In Photos

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Photos of The Ultimate Eagles live in Castlebar on Fri 27th February. All photos by Ger Duffy.

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New Show: 'Overture' - Kids Bubble Show

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Welcome to Maestro Cafaggi’s fragile and fanciful world of soap bubbles where you will meet....the conductor without an orchestra, the musician without an instrument, and the breathless singer. An eccentric conductor takes you into the slippery world of soap bubbles to perform for you a concert where the unexpected is always waiting in ambush; from odd instruments giant bubbles appear, bouncing bubbles, portable bubbles, bunches of bubbles, and where the some people might be invited to enter into a giant bubble!
 
A show of clownery, mime and music. A charming show for audiences of all ages.
 
The show Overture (In Italian “Ouverture des saponettes”) is a theatrical show without words, a visual comedy that draws inspirations from circus and variety. It was created originally for The National Science and Technology Museum in Milan in 2003. Since then the show has been presented annually in theatres and at festivals throughout Italy. The show has also been presented in South Korea at Chuncheon Internetional Mime Festival and at Suwon Hawaseong International Theatre Festival, in Shangai (China), Festival d'Avignon, and TheInternational Puppet Festival of Kilkis (Greece).
 

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

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

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New Show: Mickey Mouse & Friends

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Look out Kids! Much loved Disney characters appear together live on stage in an unforgettable celebration of the magic that is Disney.

The Mickey Mouse & Friends Tribute brings audiences into the colorful worlds of characters children have loved down through the years, live on stage, right before their eyes in this exciting and fun filled musical production.

Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs. Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy.

Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish 

Tickets: Available on the door.

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New Show: Margo 50th Anniversary Concert

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Sat 8th Aug | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €29.50

 

For 50 years now the name 'Margo' has been synonymous with everything that is positive and enriching in Country and Irish music. Blessed with an instantly recognisable voice, a voice unlike any other in the music business, the Donegal-born singer, despite the ever changing musical trends, has remained a star attraction, muched loved by her fans, not only in Ireland and Britain, but also in the USA, Canada, Australia and other far destinations. It is to her eternal credit, that she still possesses an infectious enthusiasm for performing and recording, in spite of the many setbacks she has suffered, since those very early with The Keynotes.

 

Much of her overwhelming popularity over the years, stems from the fact that Margo has always maintained a close relationship with her fans. One of her greatest attributes as a singer is her special ability to interpret a song and perform it with genuine feeling. Nowhere is that talent more evident than in the "The Emigrant Song" featured on Trip through Ireland album.

 

Through the years Margo's recordings have continued to reflect her love of Country and Irish music, and to her credit she has never strayed from the early influences that shaped her career. Besides recording best-selling albums and singles, Margo's substantial list of achievements have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Grand Ole Opry, Wembley festival, Dollywood and all major venues in Australia.

 

Margo recorded an album in Nashville The Highway of my Life, which featured Dolly Parton's family, and Dolly dueted with Margo on two of the tracks.

 

Margo has received numerous national and international awards, and had the honour of presenting her very own shows back in 1772 on R.T.E. television, which were enormously popular.

 

It should never be forgotten that Margo has made an immense contribution to Country and Irish music. A special and unique talent, and a very sincere person. Margo is highly respected throughout the music business and with her many loyal fans.

 

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Hudson Taylor release music video for 'World Without You'

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Hudson Taylor have just released the music video for their brand new single 'World Without You'.

Here's what the guys had to say:

"So the video for our next single 'World Without You' went live today!!! Children of the 90s, this one's especially dedicated to you! We do hope you like it, we're very proud of it ourselves!"

Hudson Taylor play the Royal Theatre on Fri 1st May. Show & ticket info here: http://bit.ly/hudtaycbar

 

You can watch the music video for 'World Without You' below:

 

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New Show: June Rodgers brings her family show to Castlebar!

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After last summer’s SELL-OUT shows June Rodgers is taking her fun filled family show, ‘In The Merry Month of June’, back on the road this year!

 

The response was amazing, a sell-out everywhere including the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, proving once again that variety theatre is alive, kicking and laughing. June Rodgers, Ireland’s foremost funny lady, is bringing her stunning stage show to the Royal Theatre for one very special show on Sat 13th June.

 

Theatre performance has always been June’s first love (she was the queen of panto at the Gaiety for many years), and has performed in musicals as diverse as “The Full Monty” and “The Pirates of Penzance”. In recent years she has concentrated on producing her own variety-style show for the Moran Hotel group in Dublin and Cork.

 

This slick production brings together June’s stock of hilarious characters with high energy and sophisticated song and dance routines performed by her dynamic cast. Listeners of the Joe Duffy’s Liveline will be very familiar with June’s regular featured spot on Funny Fridays. “I love the Funny Friday shows” June admits, “especially when we do them live at venues around the country”. This prompted her to embark on her first national theatre tour last summer, and her show sold out at each and every venue.

 

So be prepared to meet the international man of espionage, Oliver Bond – “the spy who loafed me”, Kylie Minogue as you have never seen her before; a Ricky Martin impersonator with a Wickla’ accent, and a host of June’s other characters – old and new.

 

With smooth choreography and stunning musical arrangements, this is a glamorous, up-to-the-minute funs show, rooted in the best of the variety theatre tradition, and a tonic for young and old.  If laughter is the best medicine, as they say, be prepared to overdose!

 

Ticket Price: €30 (Early bird tickets €25 until April 1st)

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

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Jimmy Carr brings his 'Funny Business' tour to Castlebar!

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 Thurs 17th December | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €38.00 | Tickets on sale this Fri 20th February @ 9am.

 

Due to the success of last year’s sold out Irish tour, Jimmy Carr will bring his brand new show, Funny Business, around the country this December.

 

Jimmy will stop off for a show at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Thurs 17th December 2015.

 

Jimmy’s been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’. Which, let’s face facts, is not that impressive.

 

It’s like being the ‘Tallest Dwarf’ or the ‘Healthiest Glaswegian’. Really not that big a deal.

 

Live comedy is what Jimmy does best. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and a Perrier Award nomination. On stage, he’s even funnier and even more outrageous - Funny Business is his brand new stand-up show.

 

Over 1.5 million people have now seen Jimmy perform live and his new tour will see him play over 200 dates between April 2014 and December 2015.

 

Come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition; stay for the knob gags.

 

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Jimmy Carr - Funny Business Multiple choice.

 

Jimmy Carr’s ‘Funny Business’ will be:

a) Packed with jokes

b) Rude and offensive *

c) A great night out

 

If you answered a) b) or c) you were right!

* If you are easily offended. Don’t be a dick about it

The show is not suitable for anyone who hasn’t bought a ticket.
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A comedy hero for our times’ - Guardian

 

‘Jimmy Carr is a world-class comedian…I envy his brilliance with words’ – Independent

 

 

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

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Mayo Convention Centre attracting lucrative business tourism

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Article by Frances Toner, Mayo Advertiser.

Castlebar can expect a welcome boost to the local economy next weekend with well in excess of 1,500 delegates expected to attend the Fine Gael National Conference in the Mayo Convention Centre at the TF Royal Hotel.

 

A bi-annual, national, event, the conference on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, will see party members from all over Ireland, senior ministers, and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny spend the weekend brainstorming policy matters and party strategy for the next 12 months.

 

Local hotels are booked to capacity as delegates will be staying over the weekend and many are likely to extend their stay further to tour the area when their official business in Castlebar is complete.

 

The conference is the first major national event hosted at the Mayo Convention Centre since management at the TF Royal Hotel & Theatre and the adjoining Harlequin Hotel unveiled plans in June 2014 to brand and market the ‘Royal Quarter’ to target the lucrative business tourism sector.

 

According to Louise Tolerton from Failte Ireland, the business tourism sector, which is experiencing strong growth, is worth some €579 million annually to the Irish tourism market and supports 19,000 jobs.

 

“It is one of the highest yield sectors in tourism,” explained Ms Tolerton. “Business tourists spend up to three times more than a leisure tourist and stay longer. Following their business stay, many tourists will then extend their visit by a few days to tour the locality themselves.”

 

Declan Durcan, marketing director at the Royal Theatre, said the plan is to put Castlebar on the map as an ideal location to host large-scale business conferences and conventions.

 

“We have four distinct advantages to attract these events,” said Mr Durcan. “We have 2,500 seats in the Royal Theatre, which not many other venues can offer. We have on-site accommodation with ample additional accommodation available in the close locality; we have ease of access, with a direct rail link to Dublin and we are located within just a one-hour flight from all of the major UK airports into Knock.

 

“The fourth advantage, which a lot of people overlook, is that the west of Ireland is a very desirable location. Delegates are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a location for a convention so they will usually look at what’s on offer outside of the convention facilities as well, and more often than not, that’s what seals the deal.”

 

President of Castlebar Chamber of Commerce, Sylvester Jennings, said the Fine Gael conference is a good opportunity to “showcase all that Castlebar has to offer”.

 

“Castlebar, and the Mayo Convention Centre at the Royal Quarter, is a prime location for the hosting of these kinds of conferences and events and we have no doubt this will be evident to all of those who attend, and to the large audience who will be tuning in as sessions and talks are televised live on RTÉ,” explained Mr Jennings.

 

The next major event at the Mayo Convention Centre is the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers convention in October, which will bring 1,000 delegates to Castlebar for three days.

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WIN a prize of your choice!

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Enter our big competition to win a prize of your choice. You can choose between 2 tickets to see Mary Black on Valentines Night Sat 14th Feb, a family pass (2 adults & 2 children) to Peter Pan on Ice or entry for 2 people into the adrenaline pumping Castlebar Adventure Duathlon. Competition closes Wednesday 11th February.

 

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Photos: Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia Launch

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Launch of the Vintage Glamour and Nostalgia Show, 11th April, 2015, in association with the Harlequin Hotel and the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Photos: Ger Duffy, taken at The Gaiety Vintage and Antique Shop, Islandeady, Castlebar.

 

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The exhilarating Castlebar Adventure Duathlon!

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The newly revamped Castlebar Adventure Duathlon on Saturday March 14th will be the first of the adventure duathlons to take place in the West this year! And for those who don’t fancy the adventure there is a shorter course option. If you are a cyclist and not a runner or vice versa?? Then there is a plan for you too, with the relay option!! So there is no excuse to not to get involved.
 
There are two courses this year:
– Castlebar Duathlon (short): 3.5k run, 22k cycle, 3.5k run (relay option) Total 29k
– Castlebar Adventure Duathlon (Long): 3.5k run, 7k cycle, 8k Booster run, 15k cycle, 3.5k run. Total 37k
 
Registration and post event showers will all take place at the fully equipped Lough Lannagh Village. This years start line is at The Royal Theatre carpark. The initial run for all participants is 3.5k and takes in the picturesque Lough Lannagh with Croagh Patrick in the distance. The first transition is beside St Patricks Boys School at St Brigid’s Crescent.
 
The bike route heads out to the rolling hills of the Rathbawn towards Glenisland, after 7k into the bike route the group splits, those heading for some adventure leave their bikes behind and make the 4k ascent of the Booster Station. I don’t know how many will stop to take in the amazing panoramic views from the top but it is quite breathtaking! With 4k mainly downhill from the Booster station to the second transition it will offer a great opportunity for everyone to catch their breath and take in the sights before the adventurers will chase their short course duathlon counterparts on the remainder of the 15k cycle to Glenisland and home via the Newport Rd back to transition 1.
 
The relay is option is only opened to short course athletes and all relay changeovers will all be at transition 1..
The final 3.5k run is again the same for all participants with a reverse loop around Lough Lannagh and finishing up near Market Square using the newly opened Greenway.
 
This is an ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the wonderful leisure amenities on our doorstep in Castlebar. Regardless of your ability or previous racing experience this event has an option for you!!
Mayo play Dublin in the National Football League so there will be a massive buzz around town and to celebrate your achievement there’s a big after party planned later on that evening in Castlebar, so register now to make sure you’re involved!!! Register at www.raceface.ie
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JUST ANNOUNCED: Hudson Taylor to play Castlebar!

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HUDSON TAYLOR

 

Fri 1st May | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.90

 

 

EXTRA DATES ADDED TO IRISH TOUR.

ON SALE THIS THURSDAY 5TH FEB @ 9AM

 

DEBUT ALBUM ‘SINGING FOR STRANGERS’ OUT NOW.

 

 

Having just sold out their biggest tour to date, Hudson Taylor have added an additional seven Irish dates this May. This will include a very special show at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Fri 1st May.

 

Hudson Taylor released their debut album 'Singing For Strangers' to critical acclaim in Ireland this month and will celebrate it with a sold out Ireland and UK tour. They will release their new single 'World Without You' in March.

 

Tickets (€22.90) go on sale at 9am this Thursday 5th February.

 

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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Westport's Maria Kelly to support Wyvern Lingo

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Photo credit: Matt Loughrey.

 

Maria Kelly, who hails from Westport Co Mayo, has been announced as support to the wonderful Wyvern Lingo this Fri 6th Feb. Maria began playing guitar at the age of 10 and has been writing songs ever since. Maria won 2013's All-Ireland Schools Talent search, beating off competition from over 3,000 competitors to win the competition which aired on RTÉ 2.

 

Her music is an eclectic fusion of genres, ranging from acoustic-indie-folk to pop/rock, while her lyrics explore the people she meets and the thoughts that they think.

 

When performing, she explores each end of the musical-spectrum, from sparse, intricate guitar work to catchy pop/rock melodies.

 

Since the self-release of her Debut EP 'Boat', Maria has showcased her captivating live performance in such venues as The Róisín Dubh and Cyprus Avenue.

 

She is currently studying Songwriting in BIMM Dublin and continues gigging around the city.

 

Tickets, €12.50, can be bought in person at The Royal Theatre Box Office, Castlebar and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. By phone on 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000. Or you can buy tickets online right here.

Check out songs from her EP "Boat" below:

 

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YSI Speak Out 2015 - Thurs 5th March

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Young Social Innovators (YSI) Speak Out Tour 2015 comes to The Royal Theatre on Thursday 5th March 2015.

 

Each year Young Social Innovators (Y.S.I.) organises regional events called “Speak Outs”. These events give young people a platform to talk about social issues and communicate their YSI project work in creative ways.  All young social innovators are invited to attend a Speak Out event in their region where they can meet up and share ideas.

 

YSI Speak Outs are about promoting advocacy among young people and giving them the skills and confidence to advocate on their chosen social issue. These issues are wide ranging and can include:

 

  • Mental Health – including self-esteem, body image, suicide, the effects of bullying, depression, self-harm, stress management, eating disorders

     

  • Substance Use – including prevention and the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, pharmaceutical drug abuse, violence in connection with substance abuse, examining risk-taking behaviours, peer pressure, promotion of alternative activities for young people

     

  • Gender issues – including stereotyping and its effects, male attitudes and access to health care, gender specific access to health services, homophobia

     

  • Physical health and activity – including the effect of society on the concept of body image, promotion of healthy lifestyle choices in the area of physical activity, increasing access to facilities which promote healthy lifestyles, increasing awareness on the issue

     

  • Nutrition and diet – including examining attitudes towards diet, the size zero phenomenon, eating disorders, tackling obesity in Ireland and the health problems relating to it, promotion of healthy lifestyle and increasing access to healthy diets

     

  • Relationships and sexuality – including peer education on reproduction, sexual activity and its consequences, avoidance of unwanted or unprotected sexual intercourse, body image, LGBT, sexual identity, homophobia

     

  • Personal safety – including the right to personal safety, sexual violence, domestic violence, road safety, fire safety and water safety

     

  • Integration – including equality of access to health services for all: new nationals, the elderly, those with disabilities.

     

 At a Speak Out event, each YSI team is given two minutes to present their social innovation initiatives to an audience which includes representatives from local councils, special guests, community leaders and educators. A YSI panel is also present at these events to provide feedback to project teams.

 

YSI Speak Outs are fun and they are a great opportunity for young people taking part in the programme to develop their communication and presentation skills. At these events participants can get an insight into the other projects that being undertaken in their region and in their communities.

 

Speak Outs are hosted in many locations throughout Ireland from Donegal to Cork and feature addresses from political representatives, celebrities and social justice campaigners to encourage, motivate and support YSI participants in their work.

 

Speak Outs are open to the public, so please do come along and see the range of truly innovative ideas that young people from across Ireland are putting in to action to address social issues.

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Just announced: Nathan Carter Weekend

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Country Music’s brightest star Nathan Carter returns for a massive weekend extravaganza of country music on 8th, 9th & 10th May 2015.

 

The weekend kicks off on Friday 8th May, when Nathan and his band will light up the stage with a very special concert - featuring all the classic hits and songs that have made him a firm favorite with audiences. Special guests on the night will be Louise Morrissey & Brendan Quinn. There will also be dancing after the concert with Matt Leavy.

 

On Saturday 9th May, things continue with our ‘Super Dance’'. Gerry Guthrie & Band kick things off from 9pm - 10.45pm, before the man himself Nathan Carter take to the stage from 11pm - 1pm. There will also be after show dancing with Stuart Moyles.

 

That brings us onto the last day of the weekend, Sunday 10th May. There will be afternoon dancing kicking off at 3pm with Nathan Carter.

 

Accommodation and entertainment packages are available for €199. This includes 2 nights B&B at the on site 4-star Harlequin Hotel, or 3-star TF Royal Hotel, and admission to all entertainment over the weekend. Please contact 094 9023111 for more information.

 

Tickets for Fri 8th: €27.90
AvailableIn-Person: Royal Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Available By Phone:094 90 23111 or 0818 300 000

Available Online:Click 'Buy Tickets' button, bottom right of the page.

 

Tickets for Sat 9th: €20
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Tickets for Sun 10th: €15
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A message from Christy Moore

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Christy recently posted to thank all those for their support when he was ill - his words were as only Christy can write:

 

“Thank you for your messages - of goodwill by email, website, text and phone. There was Carrigeen Moss, Manuka, Cloves, Garlic, Lemon and Honey comin’ at me from all sides in various concoctions. I was submerged in Olbas laden steam, sweating, coughing and spluttering with the benylin exputin’ from out of my every orifice … but t’was only worse that I was getting. Finally I surrendered and, barely able to breathe, I went to the Doc.

He looked me up, he looked me down, at me he looked with a frown – “Drop your trousers and cough” sez he checkin’ under the bonnet for oil and water. “Say Agh” sez he, assessing me points plugs and tappets. He sent me home with Anti-Biotics, Steroids, Mucadyne, Nasal Spray and Codeine. He also gave me a go on his Nebulizer. Here I am 2 weeks later, finally able to say thanks to everyone. Thanks to my family for their love and forbearance. Thanks too to all“

 

Great to hear Christy is on the mend, we wish him well in his recovery and look forward to his show on Saturday Feb 28th, in the Royal Theatre.

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Mayo Convention Centre to hold Fine Gael National Conference

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Fine Gael's National Conference 2015 will be held at the Mayo Convention Centre on Fri 20th and Sat 21st Feb.. 

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, will be opening the conference on Friday 20th Feb. There will be live television coverage by RTÉ of sessions on Saturday morning and of the Taoiseach's Address on Saturday night from 8.30pm.

See more info on the Fine Gael website here.

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The beautifully talented, Wyvern Lingo

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Wyvern Lingo: Caoimhe Barry, Karen Cowley and Saoirse Duane

 

Female vocal group Wyvern Lingo have been making a big splash on the Irish music scene as Hozier’s backing singers.

 

Now, the soulful, passionate, and haunting Bray trio are taking centre stage for their own show in the Ruby Room at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Friday February 6.

 

Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane, and Caoimhe Barry are generating plenty of rave reviews for their outstanding ability to make their audiences melt when they strip the set back to a cappella before getting them back on their feet again and dancing with a full band of keys, guitar, synth, bass, and drums.

 

Their new EP is a cocktail of R‘n’B hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies, and insightful-beyond-their-years lyrics.

 

As well as providing the back up vocals for Hozier’s Irish tour, Wyvern Lingo were also the support act for the superstar at his packed-to-capacity Royal Theatre concert in December.

 

Described by Hotpress as a “female take on Mumford And Sons or Local Natives” and “an absolute treat”, Wyvern Lingo is certainly one group to watch in 2015.

 

Tickets for the Royal Theatre performance on Friday February 6, at 10pm (doors open at 9pm ), are on sale now, costing €12.50, from the box office, Westport Road, or from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets are also available by phone on (094 ) 9023111 or 0818300000 or online here.

 

  

 

 

“Karen Cowley (keys), Saoirse Duane (guitar) and Caoimhe Barry (percussion) all possess colossal voices, echoing everyone’s favourite chart-topping wonder women Florence Welch and Adele Adkins.The result is, to be lazy, a female take on Mumford And Sons or Local Natives, and to be frank, an absolute treat.”

Celina Murphy, Hotpress.

 

“Folk-pop trio Wyvern Lingo’s deeply structured vocal harmonies and palpable blend of organic folk sounds and pop-sensibilities has identified the three-piece as a band on the ascendancy.”

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