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Declan O’Rourke for Folk Club


Friday 23rd January, Tickets €20 Limited Availability

Declan O’Rourke was a latecomer to the Dublin singer-songwriter scene.
But, in his mid-twenties, within months of discovering Dublin’s bustling songwriter open-mic circuit, O’Rourke found himself in the mix with the likes of Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice and many other Irish singer-songwriters.

In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram.
‘Galileo (Someone Like You),’ his debut single, has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban, and performed by Paul Weller and Chris Rea.

Christmas Parties at The Pillar House

Christmas Parties at The Pillar House

The Pillar House in Ballinasloe is the perfect place to party with your friends or colleagues for Christmas Parties 2014. Offering private or shared nights there is a traditional Christmas Menu available from Mid-November right up until Christmas Eve and that can be tailor made to suit the size of your group or your budget.

There is live music every weekend night in the lead-up to Christmas so your Christmas Party can start with Dinner and you can then sit back, relax and enjoy great music

The Traditional Christmas Menu is priced at €24.00 for four courses including tea or coffee and has a choice of 5 Starters, 5 Main Courses and 5 Desserts, so there will be something to suit every taste.

Look at our Menu Card for our full Christmas Menu.

For further details or to make a booking, please call The Pillar House at 090 96 43939 or e-mail: thepillarhouse@hotmail.com

….and the second November gig is MUNDY

Friday 21st November we are super excited about welcoming MUNDY to The Pillar House. A standing room only gig it will sell out quickly so get your tickets early at The Pillar House or for enquiries 090 96 43939. Tickets cost: €20

Mundy is one of a number of artists to successfully make the transition from street busking in Dublin to international stardom during the ’90s, a prestigious list that includes the Frames, the Hothouse Flowers, and, more recently, Paddy Casey and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Mundy’s mainly acoustic, folk-based pop/rock has been compared to Damien Rice and Josh Ritter; however, his style is more upbeat and celebratory than either.

His first album “Jelly Legs” was released in October 1996, and from this album “To You I Bestow” was licensed for inclusion on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespeare adaptation Romeo + Juliet, alongside tracks by Radiohead and Garbage. The soundtrack went on to sell 11 million copies; Jelly Legs sold a respectable 50,000 worldwide.

He has toured both sides of the Atlantic, including support slots with Alansis Morrissette, Neil Young, David Gray, Paddy Casey before releasing his second album in April 2002, “24 Star Hotel” from which hits “July” and “Mexico” were released.
“24 Star Hotel” outsold its predecessor, going double platinum in Ireland. The follow-up, 2004’s Raining Down Arrows debuted at number one in the Irish charts, achieving platinum status. In May of 2006, Mundy released his first live album, a CD/DVD combo entitled Live & Confused, featuring a duet on Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl” with accordionist Sharon Shannon, which later charted as a single. Live & Confused was certified platinum in 2007.

November Gigs at The Pillar House

We have a superb line up of live entertainment to help get us through the dreary November Nights, this is the first one!

Pillar House Folk Club on Friday 14th November: “Up Close & Personal”, with a maximum of 80 seats we are delighted to welcome the great producer/singer/songwriter DECLAN SINNOTT. A founder member of The Horslips in the early 70′ he was a member of Moving Hearts throughout the 80’s. He then devoted himself to production work with both Mary Black and her sister Frances Black. During a 13-year and six-album association, he toured all over the world with Mary Black. He has been working with Christy Moore for almost 30 years, since appearing on Christy Moore’s Ride On album in 1984.

He is still playing and touring with Christy Moore. At recent concerts Sinnott has performed “Corrina, Corrina” as well as “St. Louis Blues” and “Lord Franklin”. His new album “I love the noise it makes” is now available

Declan Sinnott will be joined by Vickie Keating and we are honoured to host them at The Pillar House.

Tickets as usual for The Folk Club are €20 and available from The Pillar House, Tel: 090 96 43939

Charlie McGettigan for Folk Club

Charlie McGettigan will be playing THE PILLAR HOUSE FOLK CLUB on Friday 24th October. Tickets are now on sale for €20 from The Pillar House / 090 96 43939 / 087 9046140

Charlie McGettigan started his musical career in the 1960’s in various Rock bands in Donegal. Charlie has worked with artists like Maura O Connell and Eleanor Shanley who both recorded many of his songs including “Feet of a dancer”, “A bed for the night”, “If anything happened to you”.

Charlie joined forces with Paul Harrington and Brendan Graham to win the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest with “Rock n Roll Kids”.

Larry Reynolds Weekend 12th-14th September

What a weekend; music, nostalgia, old friends, family and craic. It was a pleasure to have been involved in what was a great tribute to a great man – Larry Reynolds. The concert on Friday night in the newly refurbished Town Hall Theatre was a who’s who of Irish Traditional Music, Matt Cunningham, Frank Hession & Bobby Kilkenny, Matt Keane, Johnny O’Halloran, Colm Gannon, John Blake, Don Stiffe, John Wynne, Patsy Hanly, Frank Kelly, John & Jacinta McEvoy, Tommy & Louise McCarthy with a fantastic job done by MC for the night; Martin Donohoe, aka Cavan Man

The opening performance from Larry Jr(pictured) and the next generation of the Reynolds Family, musicians and dancers would have made Larry very proud indeed. There is no doubt but that his legacy will continue.

Larry Reynolds Weekend – Fri 12th – Sun 14th September

Larry Reynolds

The Larry Reynolds Weekend of Music, Heritage & Culture begins on Friday 12th September.    It promises to be a great weekend of remembrance & celebration with a feast of fine Irish Music & Heritage.

The line-up for the Larry’s Gala Memorial Concert on Friday 12th September has been finalised and is as follows:

Don Stiffe;  Johnny O’Halloran together with dancers from Ballinasloe’s Club Damhsa an Sean Nós;  Matt Cunningham;  Matt Keane;  John Wynne, Frank Kelly, Patsy Hanly & John McEvoy; Frank Hession & Bobby Kilkenny; Colm Gannon, Kelly Gannon & Jessie Smith; Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costelloe.

We will also have members of the Reynolds Family from Boston & Ireland.

Mick Hanly – Super Performance at Gibbons’ Pillar House

Mick Hanly at The Pillar House Ballinasloe

A Superb Musician and Raconteur !

Another great night in the Pillar House with Mick Hanly, his spoken story telling was only equalled by the singing of his brilliant lyrics.

This is the final song of the night’s playlist – what a gentleman !



Paddy Casey comes to The Pillar House

Paddy Casey Live Music The Pillar House

What a delight to announce that we will have PADDY CASEY, playing in The Pillar House on Friday, September 19th.  Paddy, having teamed up with Kim Hayden of The Voice fame has just released a new single “Out of Control” which is performing very well.

This is another limited ticket event and already since announcing the date a good number of tickets have already sold.

Tickets are €20 and are available from:  The Pillar House at 090 96 43939 or call 087 9046140.

Shannon Regatta 2014

Shannon Regatta 2014 River Suck

Ballinasloe Representatives Meet Voyagers at Shannonbridge

Up to 90 Boats will be converging on Ballinasloe on Saturday 2nd August Bank Holiday Weekend.   The voyagers have been on the river since the 25th July and finish their annual regatta in Ballinasloe on 3rd August.

On Friday 1st August Seamus Duffy, Chairman of Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre, Jim Lally from An Tain and Kathryn Gibbons from The Pillar House went to Shannonbridge for a Coffee Morning where the people from the cruiser were given their briefing on the day’s activities.   They offered Seamus Duffy the opportunity to welcome the regatta to Ballinasloe in advance and to speak about Ballinasloe, its benefits and attractions.

It will be a great weekend and fantastic for the town to see such an influx of people coming to enjoy the town’s amenities.