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One of the most colourful characters in the world of entertainment, Michael Flatley, is to visit the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre to promote Lord of the Dance, which is scheduled to take place from Saturday 3rd – Thursday 8th January.

Permalink - Posted: December 16, 2008 at 5:21 pm

2nd Annual Sean-nós Northwest Festival Jan. 16th - 17th, 2009

Sean-nós Northwest is proud to present the 2nd annual Sean-nós Northwest Festival, January 16-17, 2008. The Sean-nós Northwest Festival celebrates and promotes three aspects of traditional Irish culture – sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and Gaeilge, the Irish language. These living folk traditions from the rural West of Ireland are strikingly beautiful, vitally satisfying, and incredibly rare to find anywhere outside of Ireland.

Permalink - Posted: December 16, 2008 at 11:22 am


Following the success and critical acclaim for his three sell-out shows at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, in March of this year, Kieran Goss returns to his native Northern Ireland as part of a 16 date nationwide tour and makes a stop off in Strule Arts Centre Omagh on Saturday 27 December at 8pm Tickets £16.  Accompanied by Gareth Hughes on double bass and Ann Kinsella on backing vocals.

Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters, Kieran is also well loved for his warm and witty live performances.  In the words of country music legend, Don Williams:
“Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that’s what makes him the star he is.”

Over the last 20 years, Kieran Goss has quietly and consistently delivered songs of rare quality and his wonderful, deceptively simple melodies have won him fans across the globe.  Closer to home, his songs ‘Brand New Star’ and lately ‘Clear Day’ can be heard daily on UTV’s weather bulletin.  But it’s live, in front of an audience, where Kieran really shines. Quite simply, a Kieran Goss show is an evening of great songs sung from the heart, delivered with consummate ease and humour. If you haven’t yet seen Kieran Goss live, you absolutely must!

‘”The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.”
The Irish Examiner

Don’t miss your chance to see Kieran Goss in Strule Arts Centre on Saturday 27 Book today on 028 8224 7831 or book online at

Permalink - Posted: December 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm


Dublin’s premiere celebration of traditional Irish Music and Culture in the heart of the city

Wed 28th January to Sunday 1st February 2009

Details of the programme for Temple Bar TradFest 2009 Festival of Irish Music and Culture have been announced.  From Wednesday 28th January till Sunday 1st February Temple Bar will come alive with a series of festival concerts and will feature a rich line up of musical performances, showcase concerts, workshops, family events and much more in a celebration of traditional Irish music and culture.

Organised by TASCQ (Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter Limited) the 2009 festival which is once again sponsored by Bushmills will be an exciting mix of performers with many new festival innovations, as Temple Bar TradFest has been rebranded and reinvigorated.

Permalink - Posted: December 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Stay up late this Christmas with Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Shane McGowan & The Royal Castlebar

The Royal Castlebar is delighted to welcome a host of Ireland’s most talented and best loved performers including Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Dessie O’Halloran, The Richie Buckley Band and Shane McGowan, who will give a very special late night performance on Saturday, 27th December. The show will commence at the later than usual time of 11.30pm making it the perfect place to top off a great Christmas night out!

Celebrated Irish traditional musician Sharon Shannon returns to the Royal Theatre much to the delight of fans, who will undoubtedly be anticipating her rendition of the massive 2008 hit single ‘Galway Girl’ with Mundy. Athlone born Mundy is also well known to Irish audiences with a number of hits under his belt including To You I Bestow, from the best-selling soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, Romeo + Juliet, his cover of Shakira’s, Wherever, Whenever and the summer anthem that is July, to name but a few. Guest of honour on the night will be the legendary Shane McGowan who, in keeping with the Christmas theme, will surely thrill the audience with a performance of his most well-known classic, Fairytale of New York, a duet with Kirsty MacColl which McGowan also co-wrote.

The Royal Castlebar Theatre & Event Centre has an impressive programme for the coming months and is jam-packed with a number of Irish and internationally renowned artists and productions including Daniel O’Donnell- The Christmas Show on Thurs 11th Dec, Here & Now Show – featuring Stars from the 80’s including Paul Young, Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Bucks Fizz, T’Pau and Cutting Crew on Friday 2nd and January Michael Flatley’s - Lord of the Dance from Saturday 3rd  -9thJan, and Disney’s High School Musical from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 31st Jan, to list  but a few. It was opened in conjunction with the Days Harlequin Hotel Castlebar and is conveniently located in the same complex making a trip to Castlebar even more special for visitors. “The Royal has an event capacity of around 4,000 making it the largest event venue outside of the O2 Arena in Dublin so we are able to accommodate some of the biggest acts in the world” said Pat Jennings, Managing Director of The Royal Castlebar Theatre & Event Centre and the  Days Harlequin Hotel Castlebar. “ The very special Sharon Shannon, Mundy and Shane McGowan show on the 27th promises to be a great one and the fact that it is on a bit later in the evening will certainly add to the Christmas party atmosphere” added Jennings.

Tickets priced at €39.50 standing and €44.50 seated,  including booking fee, other service charges may apply.  For more information and to view a full programme please visit or call 0818 300 000. For rates, availability and Theatre Packages at the Days Harlequin Hotel Castlebar please visit or call (094) 928 6200

Permalink - Posted: December 3, 2008 at 10:11 am