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Pole Dancing

The Pillar House welcomes Pole Performance, Friday 26th April 2019

The west of Ireland’s first all pole dancing show was created in 2016 by Racheal Palmer who set out to give aspiring pole dancers an opportunity to perform in the public eye to develop and grow their stage presence.

Pole Performance was created to show the versatile side to pole dancing portraying an artistic and theatrical performance art inspired by various performing arts such as ballet – contemporary – dance – cirque as well as keeping with the original roots of pole dancing. We welcome all genders of pole dancers – to show the public that pole dancing is much more than the stereotype that people associate pole dance with a mix of genders we are breaking down the barrier and stigma that currently exists around pole dancing.

Our performers are a mix of professional dancers and growing artists who are passionate about pole dancing and bring their own style to the stage. Some have even worked and performed at Electric Picnic! Pole Performance supports the local arts and we invite special guest performers such as musicians and burlesque dancers who are also members of the pole community adding of touch of their creative energy bringing diversity to our audience. Pole Performance was created to bring some fun entertainment for the audience – with a variety of acts from – sport – sexy – sassy – badassy – classy – theatrical and contemporary – group and solo performances.

Cork Balladeer Jimmy Crowley – 5th April

Jimmy Crowley

One of the most influential figures on the Irish Folk Scene, Jimmy Crowley will perform at The Pillar House on Friday 5th April at 9pm

The Tumble Down Shack in Athlone

Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. With his band Stokers Lodge their mission was to present the street ballads of Cork city complimented by the ornate folk songs of the rural hinterland of Cork and Kerry in an exciting orchestration of uilleann pipes, concertina, autoharp, harmonium, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar in their native accent. The second album, Camphouse Ballads hurtled the band into the vortex of the folk scene; they were now performing at folk festivals and making tv appearances in Ireland, Britain and America .Both albums were produced by Micheál Ó Dómhnaill of the Bothy Band. Like Chris Twomey of Stokers Lodge, Micheál was a seminal influence in Jimmy’s musical education.

Gráinne Hunt in The Pillar House

Grainne Hunt

We are delighted to welcome the amazing Gráinne Hunt to The Pillar House on Friday 29th March 2019

Grainne Hunt is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter from Monaghan. With consistently on-point, captivating vocals and well-honed, insightful songs, Grainne has shared stages with Glen Hansard and Mark Geary and has been compared to vocal icons Tracy Chapman and Nathalie Merchant.
Having just returned from Nashville, with a new record, ‘This Secret’, in her pocket, Grainne is working towards it’s release in mid 2019. Recorded with Thomm Jutz (Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell) and featuring the skills of Mark Fain (Ry Cooder) on bass and Lynn Williams (John Hiatt) on drums, it is already gaining attention in the US.
Early 2019 will also see the release of an Irish folk album, Songs from Ireland, recorded with award winning guitarist Brendan Walsh. Recorded earlier this year in Soundville Studios Luzern, including songs Buachaill on Eirne and Raglan Road,

Farmers & Farmerettes Country Night Out

Pillar house - Farmers country

A great night promised for Saturday 16th February. Country Music night with DJ John Finnerty for all you busy Farmers & Farmerettes and friends.

The Pillar House Celebrates 60 Years

Evelyn, Godfrey & Cathal Gibbons

It’s with great pride that we celebrate 60 years since Godfrey & Evelyn Gibbons bought The Pillar House and opened in September 1958. In that time there’s been many changes both inside and outside the building but the Gibbons ownership has remained constant.

To celebrate we would like to invite you to a night of Celebration, we hope that we will have lots of current and previous customers and staff to celebrate with us on Saturday 10th November from 9pm.

Dónal Clancy – Friday 13th July

Donal Clancy

Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and has since the death of his father focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances.

Mad Craic Comedy

Mad  Craic Comedy comes to Ballinasloe – Friday 25th May 9pm

Mad Craic Comedy

Stephen Ryan

Stephen is the winner of the 2016 Forbidden Fruit Comedy Competition, Runner up in the Tedfest Competition, a finalist in the Irish Comedian of the Year Competition and a two time finalist in the prestigious Chortle Student Comedy Competition. This Limerick comedian has performed at numerous festivals throughout Ireland and the UK including Edinburgh, Latitude, Forbidden Fruit, Tedfest, Charlie Chaplin Film Festival amongst others and is a regular on the Irish comedy circuit. He is recognisable from the Mario Rosenstock Show, the Rubberbandits guides, Fair City as well as Lidl and Irish Pharmacy Union ads. ‘This composed Irishman has a charming way with words, elegantly tricksy wordplay liberally peppering his set.’

Sean Gorman
Sean Gorman is a musically comedian from Ballina Co.Mayo but he is original from the kingdom of Gormania which has been lost to time do to the new world order and the illuminati but that is a long story. His comedy career all started in 2010 when he moved to Dublin to start a thrash metal band but somehow got roped into comedy. Now seven years he is living in Galway and playing comedy clubs around Ireland and open mics where sometime he has been taken off stage by dry lads. He has supported many big comedy names such as that funny guy every town has and the king of Saudi Arabia from well…Saudi Arabia . When he is not on stage he does a spot of busking to support his many addiction problems.
John O’Hare
John O’Hare has performed at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Edinburgh Fringe and Cork Comedy Festival. He has supported the likes of Phil Jupitus, Terry Alderton, Dave McSavage, Tom Rhodes and Tom Stade.   He has toured with Al Lubel and has performed throughout Europe with the Good The Bad The Irish Tour. He won Comedian of the Galway Fringe in 2016. Semi Finalist Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 and Show Me The Funny Finalist 2017. Despite being completely and utterly class John remains a humble performer

 

Ross McCarthy

Ross first took up the mic in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. A regular on the Galway Comedy Scene, Ross has shared the stage with Joe Rooney, Dave McSavage, Pat McDonnell, John Colleary, & Katherine Lynch. Ross has also performed in many prestigious comedy events including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Fringe Festival, and the finals of both Show Me the Funny, and Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent Search in 2017.

With a combination of witty observations, sarcastic rants & Irish charm, Ross is fast becoming one of the most exciting prospects in Irish Comedy.

 

Cormac Begley & Rushad Eggleston

Cormac Begley & Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston is an improvisational cellist, singer, legend, clown, goblin, cello-shredder and acrobat. He is regarded as one of the leading cellists of his generation and is an innovator who has expanded the soundscape and popularity of the cello in recent years. In 2002 his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4 was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Cormac Begley is bass, baritone, treble and picollo concertina player from west-Kerry. His recent debut album has recieved widespread acclaim, ammassing 9 five star reviews to date and has been described an ‘earthy delight’ (Irish Times, ★ ★ ★ ★★), ‘Superb’ (Folking, ★ ★ ★ ★★) and ‘Spectacular’ (Irish Echo).

Following a recent sold out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Rushad and Cormac embark on a nationwide tour. This is a new and exciting duet not to be missed!

Ticket Price:
15 euros

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Ruby Dukes – Saturday 27th January

Ruby Dukes

We’re delighted to have Ruby Dukes play their first gig in The Pillar House, this coming Saturday night.

Don’t miss it, a great covers band members which include Ballinasloe’s own Ronan O’Healy.

Coffee Anyone ?

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Lavazza Coffee Loyalty Scheme

Join our Lavazza Coffee Loyalty Scheme, 9 coffees and get the 10th free, applies to coffee bought in-house or for take-away. Why not try a shot of some of our superior “Teissiere” flavoured syrups or coffees made with rice, almond, soya or oat milk.