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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 ?


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.

Dirty Dancing – Pop Up Cinema Night with Live Music

Dirty Dancing

New Pop-Up Cinema with Live Music

Slua Events, a new cultural organisation in Ballinasloe has been established with the aim of providing alternative social outlets for people in the locality.   To this end Slua Events led by Alice Kavanagh & Mike Casey was launched on 28th December in The Pillar House with the first Pop-Up Cinema night showing Love Actually followed by live music with local singer/songwriter Kevin “Herm” Connolly.

The next event is happening on Friday 12th January in The Pillar House with the screening of “Dirty Dancing” followed by live music to “Pacifica” who we believe will reproduce the soundtrack from the film. A glass of Prosecco is available to all guests and a tailor made Tapas menu is available to enjoy while watching the movie.

This is a great departure for Ballinasloe and hats off to “Slua Events” for filling a niche on the town’s social calendar. Admission is €10 and bookings for tables can be made by calling The Pillar House at 090 96 43939


The Pillar House is hosting “Trad for Charity” on Saturday 6th January at 6pm

The line-up includes:

Patsy, Hanly, Mick Conneely & Alan Kelly  ~  Johnny Johnston & Friends ~ Pléaráca ~  The Tully Brothers ~ Maureen Browne & Teresa Tierney  ~ Vera Craughwell, Tom Madden & Friends ~ Garbally College Trad Players  and more.

It’ll be a great evening of entertainment – music, song, dance & craic and all proceeds will be divided between two local worthy causes

1:   The Patient Comfort Fund, The Oncology Unit in Portiuncula Hospital

2:  The Special Needs Unit in Garbally College. Admission on the evening is only €5 and there will be a raffle on the evening for lots of prizes.

Please support this Trad for Charity evening !

Christmas Party – Now taking bookings

Contact us now at 090 96 43939 for Christmas Party Bookings.   Our special Christmas Menu is available to see at





Sold Out – Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

No Surprise, delighted to announce that Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill on Wednesday 8th November is sold-out. So excited for this, know it’s going to be great !

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Wednesday 8th November 2017

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, in Feakle County Clare where the music which he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/ leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. His latest performing project is with The Gloaming, a band which has burst on the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós song, brave explorations and exhilarating and explosive medleys with a distinctive new sound, moving into an entirely new musical dimension of rhythm, melody and texture. ​ Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a sought after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio and is also an accomplished photographer. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill met in Chicago in the 1980s. They formed the jazz/rock/fusion band, Midnight Court, which allowed them to experiment with a variety of new music styles. When Martin reclaimed his traditional roots, reinvigorated, and after recording two solo albums, he began a new musical relationship with Cahill, beginning with the lyrical music of East Clare. They played long, sometimes thirty-minute, multi-tune sets in their concerts, starting from the simplest of melodies, building in intensity, but never abandoning musicality and ideas.

Luka Bloom back at the Pillar House


It’s been almost three years since Luka Bloom has graced the stage at The Pillar House and we are delighted to welcome him back on Friday 20th October.

With his new album “Refuge” due for release in October and now available for pre-order on  https://www.lukabloom.com/product/refuge-cd/  it promises to be a great night.

Tickets can be bought on our website for €20 or call 090 96 43939

Matt Keane & Colm Naughton – August Bank Holiday


Sunday 6th August we are delighted to welcome back Matt Keane & Colm Naughton, it will be another night of music, song and craic – don’t miss it.

The Henry Girls, Friday 19th May – Early Bird tickets available


EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE €15, just book up until 10th May (after 10th May – tickets are €20) Book on-line at www.thepillarhouse.ie or call 090 9643939

With a mix of Irish Folk and Americana, Karen, Joleen and Lorna – collectively known as The Henry Girls will be bringing their new album to Ballinasloe on Friday, 19th July.

The soaring title track of The Henry Girls’ new album goes some way to capturing the essence of the Donegal trio. The a capella ‘Far Beyond the Stars’ harmonious and ethereal liltings, lift the listener to a new plane and makes one realise that even without using their multi-instrumental talents, the three McLaughlin sisters have the power to deliver a stunning track with their voices alone.

Elsewhere throughout their latest album, fiddle combines beautifully with harp, double bass with accordion, ukulele with acoustic guitar as Karen, Lorna and Joleen further tap into what has become their own sound, based as it is in roots folk, elements of country, Irish and Americana. The mixture of these ingredients, combined with the sisters’ intuitive understanding of each other’s melodious vocals, has resulted in their finest collection of songs to date in Far Beyond the Stars.

Lyrically, some deeper matters are unearthed in songs such as ‘Ocean of War’, highlighting displacement and an ongoing refugee crisis on Europe’s borders, and the introspective and questioning ‘No More Maybes’. These musical sentiments take their place beside moving ballads such as ‘More Love, More Silence’ and ‘Slow Down’ and the more raucous and upbeat ‘Rebel Girl’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Honey’.

Following their widely lauded previous album, Louder than Words, The Henry Girls set about cementing their reputation internationally with several tours of Europe and the US, while seeing their Irish audience continue to grow steadily. Flawless live shows have yielded a loyal fan base both home and abroad and with Far Beyond the Stars, The Henry Girls have delivered an album of huge musical prowess set to define their unique sound and lift them to the level of their peers and inspirations.

There are poignant words that conclude the penultimate track on the album, ‘Satisfied Mind’, which must apply to a band who have completed an album where nothing was left behind:

“But one thing’s for certain, when it comes to my time.
I will leave this old world, with a satisfied mind.”