Chart toppers The Feeling lined up for Royal Theatre gig

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

A number one album and numerous top ten singles have made The Feeling one of the most talked-about acts to come out of Britian in the past few years. Tracks like “Fill My Little World”, “Sewn”, “Never Be Lonely” and “Love it When You Call” saw their debut album Twelve Stops and Home rocket up the charts in 2006. Sixteen months of solid touring ended in May 2007 during which they had played more than 200 shows and sold over a million copies of their critically acclaimed debut album, 'Twelve Stops and Home. The Feeling are not one of those bands who respond to success by getting grumpy and telling you how hard their lives are now. This, after all, was a band who had previously spent several ski seasons as a covers band in the Alps, playing two sets a night in two different bars (and carting their own gear between them). "That was bloody hard work, for bugger all money" says frontman Dan Gillespie Sells. "But we did it because we loved it. And we still do."

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Dancing Hours at the Mill Times Hotel

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

A new concept in entertainment has begun in the Mill Times Hotel (formerly the Westport Inn Hotel ). Each Sunday evening, a live band will take the stage in the beautifully appointed O Malley Banqueting suite, commencing at 9pm and playing all the oldies and popular tunes of the past decades. Traditionally, Sunday evenings were always family and couples nights out but with the end of the Celtic Tiger and the subsequent “doom and gloom” this quality time seems to have got squeezed out of everyday life. While lamenting this decline in the social scene, proprietor of The Mill Times hotel, Joe O Malley, and renowned showband maestro. Vinnie Mongan elected to attempt and change this downturn in the social week. As Vinnie says, “over the years I know that the general public love to socialise, listen to good music and dance. Historically, most of the dancing would be done at weddings and various functions but we want to give people the opportunity to enjoy an evening out, be entertained and have the freedom to dance and express themselves. The beauty of this Sunday evening idea is that folk can come of their own wish, without invite, to dance, there is no wedding expense and all can be at home at a civil hour to rise for work on Monday morning.” And Vinnie, while performing himself with his band, promises various acts throughout the season.

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Claremorris open exhibition attracts huge numbers

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

This years’ Claremorris open art exhibition has been attracting record crowds who have been coming from far and wide to see the huge range of art on offer. This year’s exhibition features artists from Ireland and abroad. COE 08 was curated by Lizzie Carey Thomas from the Tate Gallery, London who selected 32 artists from a record number of entries.The exhibition was opened last week by Mayo’s most famous TD Beverley Flynn. According to this year’s artist in residence, sculptor Cathal Mc Carthy, the exhibition is being received very warmly on account of the rich variety of works to be seen and there is something for everybody in Claremorris this year from video to painting to sculpture and installations.

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Mary Staunton exhibtition at the Clew Bay Hotel

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Mary Staunton, née Kenny, felt privileged to have been born and reared in such a beautiful place as Westport. To wake up every morning to the magnificent view of Croagh Patrick. To smell the trees, wild flowers and grass on her way to school. The sights, sounds and smells of a rural setting, surely one is forever moulded by an environment such as this.

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Sleeping Beauty featuring Bosco comes to the Royal Theatre

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

The Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty with Bosco at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday October 5 at 3pm. The Lambert Puppet Theatre’s production of the classic children’s tale of Sleeping Beauty will appeal to everyone. Children of all ages will be delighted to know that Bosco will make a starring appearance in the show.

This is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting and is particularly suitable for kiddies up to ten years of age. From its earliest beginnings, the Lambert family has been involved with RTE TV, working on the hugely popular series Wanderly Wagon featuring Eugene Lambert and Judge. Paula Lambert was the voice of Bosco on TV for 17 years and indeed Bosco is still hugely popular with the younger children.

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Foster and Allen line up Ballina show

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Foster and Allen are the only Irish artists to have had an album in the UK Album Charts every single year for 16 years from 1983 to 1999 and again for six years from 2002 to 2007. This amazing achievement is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. In December 1993 they beat Take That and Diana Ross to the number one spot in the British Pop Video Charts. Take That were number two and Diana Ross was number three. They have won numerous awards over the years and were honoured alongside Bono in the Hall of Fame. Foster and Allen were among a number of entertainers honoured at a special reception by Irish President Mary MacAleese. Foster and Allen have sales in excess of 19 million worldwide to date.

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Foxfest ready to roll this Saturday

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

The re-scheduled Foxford Fest will take place on Upper Main Street, Foxford tomorrow Saturday 27 September from 5pm to 9pm. Featuring live street music, children’s entertainment, barbecue. This event is absokutely free, put the date in your diary and make sure you tell all your family and friends. Organised by Foxford Development Association and sponsored by the businesses of Foxford.

There is a lot of work involved in organising and running an event of this nature. We would greatly welcome a call from anyone who would like to join the organising committee or would like to volunteer their time on Saturday. Please contact Anthony Ruane 087 253 1213, Frances Casey 086 063 0900, Helen Clarke 086 390 2022, Michael Ruane 087 626 8114, Bernie Byron 086 853 2293 if you wish to become involved.

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Duke Special lines up Royal Theatre gig

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Lyrically poetic and delicately decadent, Duke Special, the enigmatic Belfast performer, will release his new single “Sweet Sweet Kisses” on October 10. A nationwide tour has also been announced for November and December 2008. And the tour will touch down in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday November 30. Taken from the eagerly anticipated new album I Never Thought This Day Would Come, releasing on Universal Music Ireland on October 17, “Sweet Sweet Kisses” is produced by Paul Wilkinson, who worked on the Duke’s previous Choice nominated album Songs from The Deep Forest. The perfect taster for the new album release, “Sweet Sweet Kisses” features the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and will be available on CD single and download. Glowing with the Duke’s charisma and unique sound, the track is definitively Duke Special.

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Unique remembrance concert at the Royal Theatre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Mayo Remembrance Concert is a unique event which will take place in the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre on Monday, October 6. This special concert is being held in honour of all those from County Mayo who served and died in both world wars and in the many conflicts of the past century in the cause of world peace. The fallen will be permanently commemorated in the Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance which will be officially opened on the following day by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

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Finbar Hoban presents: Walter Mitty and the Realists

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Finbar Hoban Presents Walter Mitty and the Realists, The Rumours with Inverter live at Bar Ritz next Saturday night September 20. A refreshingly uncompromising and intensely captivating sound, delivered with uncontained semi-psychotic live energy. Or maybe it’s just because they are good! Word of the Mitty Boys has spread quickly since their incarnation in late 2006. Their constant gigging has seen them share stages with many indie rock luminaries. Including the likes of UK giants Dirty Pretty Things and Icelands favourite electronic shoe-gazers MUM. Hotpress magazine has described them as "Talking Heads meets the Rapture", the Irish Independent says "These guys are essential viewing" .

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September season in full swing at the museum

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Invitation to participate in Christmas Food Fair

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The Mayo Male Voice Choir back in rehearsal

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

The Mayo Male Voice Choir start the 2008/2009 season with rehearsals in the Galway/Mayo Regional College, Castlebar this Thursday the September 11 and every Thursday at 8pm. New members are always welcome; auditions take place on the first two Thursday evenings.With 46 members we now have a great sound and the future looks good. Our new repertoire includes some Irish favourites like “Danny Boy” and “The West’s Asleep”, with hits from the musicals and of course the great male voice coral numbers like “ Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Miserables” and “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Nabucco, we are also rehearsing Handel’s famous Hallelujah Chorus. and many more excellent numbers to add to our already large repertoire. This gives our Musical Director Deirdre Lee a great challenge, which she has proved she is well capable of handling. We have also launched our new website, at www.mayomalevoicechoir.com. Please check it out and we would welcome comments.

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