Hundreds of Set-Dancers to descend on Enniscrone

Set-Dancers from around Ireland and the UK will travel to the Diamond Coast Hotel in Enniscrone Co. Sligo this weekend for a special set dancing weekend in aid of Mayo Cancer Support Association. 

The weekend hosts a number of céilís with the Neily O’Connor, Duntally, and Johnny Reidy Céili Bands. The busy schedule includes workshops in Jive, Sean Nós, Set and Two-Hand dancing. The three day event finishes with a country and western dance with renowned singer, Pat McKenna.

Now in its 11th year, the weekend has raised over €10,000 for Mayo Cancer Support Association. The service provides support to those affected by cancer and their families at Rock Rose House.

The popular weekend is organised annually by Oliver Fleming, who will also lead the jiving workshop on Friday evening. The Diamond Coast Hotel has some special offers on room rates available. For more information contact Oliver Fleming on 087 6368834.

 

Pictured at the Launch of the 2018 event were Management and Staff of the Diamond Coast Hotel, Event Organiser-Oliver Fleming and Trisha Greavy, General Manager of Mayo Cancer Support.

 

Ballinrobe Pub ready to host TV Recording

John O’Hares pub in Ballinrobe Co. Mayo will be the centre for a TV recording on Tuesday, Septemeber 25th. Henry McGlade and the iMayo TV team will record a special programme from the South Mayo pub with an emphasis on chat, music, and storytelling.

Special musical performances include Galway’s rising country star Matthew O’Donnell as well as The Sweeney Macs from Belmullet. Mary Prendergast, West Coast Jazz and traditional musician Jim Connolly will all make an appearance on the night while local Fianna Fáil Cllr. Damian Ryan will be on hand to discuss all things Ballinrobe.

Recording for the show begins at 9pm and admission is free. All are welcome to the event.

 

 

iMayo TV Cameraman Wins Residency Award

Film Mayo in conjunction with Mayo County Council, has announced that Mayo native Fergus Sweeney is this year’s recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre.

Mr. Sweeney who is a cameraman and editor with iMayo TV will use his residency to research and record interviews with members of the public who found themselves at the heart of the Rescue 116 tragedy, capturing the emotions of the people locally and nationally.

Fergus Sweeney has worked in the Irish television and film industry on varying productions from drama and entertainment to documentary. With film and television credits from both national and international productions, Fergus has gained a wealth of experience working alongside some of Ireland’s leading producers, directors, and cinematographers.

The residency is a minimum of 20 days and will take place between September and December 2018. As part of the award, Fergus will receive a budget of €6,000 and will receive up to 15 hours of mentoring from the expert panel.  Fergus will also have use of Ballina Arts Centre Facilities during his residency and will make use of community engagement.

Congratulations are extended to Fergus from all of the iMayo TV team.

Top Artists perform for Charity Concert

Top Artists perform for Charity Concert

A host of stars are set to perform this September for the ‘Moonlight in Mayo’ Charity Gala Concert, taking place at the Royal Theatre Castlebar on September 20th.

Iconic duo Foster and Allen are headline acts for this year’s concert while Sligo’s very own Patrick Feeney will add a country element to the night. County Mayo performers include Wavelength, Thomas Langan, The Garvey Brothers, as well as Achill’s Paddy Joe. Ireland’s Got Talent finalists Atlantic Rhythm are set to wow the audience with a feast of Irish Music and Dance while finalising the concert’s line-up is traditional singer Anne-Marie O’Riordan. The Cork native is best known for her recording of ‘The Story I Tell You Is True’ which remains popular today.

Seven local charities will benefit from the event, these include; Mayo Special Olympics, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Guide Dogs for The Blind, Liverpool Irish Community Care, Mayo Charity for the Irish Diaspora, Mayo Suicide Awareness, and the Castlebar Centre for the Unemployed.

Tickets priced at €20 are now on sale at the Royal Theatre Box Office on (094) 9023111. Organisers say tickets are selling fast and are expecting a full house on September 2oth next. Doors open at 7 pm with the show commencing at 8 pm.

 

Swinford Hotel is ‘Gateway’ to the West

Situated in the heart of Connacht, The Gateway Hotel Swinford is the ideal location for experiencing the best of the West. This traditional, family-run hotel promises a relaxing stay with a warm Irish welcome.

Enjoy a unique dining experience, relishing beautiful home cooked food available in the hotel's newly refurbished dining room “The Front” or the lively “Flying Doc” bar. This Swinford Hotel is synonymous with its succulent steak nights every Friday.

Renowned for supporting live entertainment, whether it's a traditional music session you're looking for or even some ballad and folk music, The Gateway Hotel Swinford is your live music venue.

Upcoming events include:
- The Jack Feeney Commemorative Concert (Friday, 16th March at 7:30pm)
- The Whileaways (Saturday, 9th May at 9pm).

Visit www.gatewayswinford.com for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day Special – The Merry Monk Ballina

A special St. Patrick’s Day Television Show will air from ‘The Merry Monk’ Ballina this coming Thursday (12th of March) at 7pm and repeated on Saturday (17th March) at 8pm on Sky Channel 212 and Freesat 161.

The programme showcases the very best of Irish Traditional music, singing, dancing and storytelling from local and national performers.

Presented by Henry McGlade and produced by Atlantic Productions Ireland, this St. Patricks Day Special is one not to be missed as we celebrate our National Day in connecting the Irish diaspora worldwide.

VIDEO: Celebrate St. Brigid’s Day

The Feast of Brigid, also known as Imbolc on February 1st, celebrates the arrival of Spring, with longer and warmer days approaching.

In ancient Irish mythology, Brigid was a fire goddess. The making of St. Brigid’s crosses is a ritual in Ireland every Spring. The crosses are made of rushes and are usually hung from the door or rafters of a house to protect the house from fire or evil.

Why not check out the video below and try your hand at making a St. Brigid’s Cross.

Exciting Times for TV Show

‘The Irish at Home and Abroad TV Show’ are delighted to announce that the show will now be aired three times per week on Sky Channel 212 and Freesat 161 every Thursday evening at 7pm and 8pm as well as every Saturday evening 7:30pm.

The show is also delighted to welcome on board its new production company. Atlantic Productions Ireland has now taken the helm of the production of the show. The crew are looking forward to travelling around Ireland capturing Ireland’s beauty and traditions.

It’s an exciting time for all involved.