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Charlie McGettigan for Folk Club

Charlie McGettigan

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

Larry Reynolds Jr playing at Gala Memorial Concert for his Father Larry Reynolds Snr

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.


Garth Brooks Tribute Night

Garth Brooks Barn Dance Pillar House

SATURDAY:   25th JULY 10pm

So “Tomorrow Never Comes” and neither will Garth Brooks !!!!!There’s over 400,000 “Friends in Low Places” since the cancellation of the 5 tours dates later in the month, but don’t worry, on 26th July we “Ain’t goin’ down til the Sun Comes Up” – We’re going to join “The American Honky-Tonk Bar Association” and have the ultimate party night:


It will be the night of “That Summer” and is guaranteed to be the correct response to “Unanswered Prayers”.

So brush down your Stetsons, get your check shirts out polish the cowboy boots and lets party on regardless, because that night “We Shall Be Free” and “Shameless”

Mick Hanly: Friday 15th August

Mick Hanly at The Pillar House Ballinasloe

Following on the success of our first two Pillar House Folk Club Concerts we are delighted to have Mick Hanly play for our third Folk Club date on 15th August 2014.  Tickets are €20 and are available at The Pillar House or by calling  087 9046140  / 090 96 43939

An acclaimed singer/songwriter who has played and recorded with bands Monroe  & Moving Hearts.  After the break up of Moving Hearts he concentrated on song-writing and released his first album “Still Not Cured”.  Three songs from this album became radio hits; Still Not Cured”, “The Silence” and “Sorry What I Said” .

Eleanor Shanley: Friday 18th July

Eleanor Shanley at The Pillar House Ballinasloe

Eleanor Shanley tickets for Friday 18th July are selling really well. Call 087 9046140 to book your tickets now, don’t be disappointed.

Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs, Eleanor Shanley from Co Leitrim, is one of Irelands foremost singers. She has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance with De Danann in 1990. She recorded two critically acclaimed albums with them ‘A Jacket of Batteries’ and ‘Half Set in Harlem’. While a member of De Danann she toured Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA as well as taking part in several tours of Ireland.

Paying Tribute to Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds

The Pillar House presents A Weekend of Irish Music, Heritage & Culture Friday 12th – Sunday 14th September 2014

From Ballinasloe to Boston, Larry Reynolds (1932 – 2012) was one of the most influential fiddle players of his time, not only for his East Galway style of playing but also because of the contribution he made to Irish Culture in Boston and throughout North America. He emigrated to Boston from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe in 1953 and quickly became immersed in the lively Irish Music Scene in Roxbury. He was a founding member of the Boston Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, which became one of the most active branches in the world.