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The Boroimhe Project

Walking with Brian Boru

Enquiries to:

The album can be downloaded from

It’s also available from Celtic Note,

 HMV, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and other outlets in Dublin

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23rd April marks the 1000 year anniversary of The Battle of Clontarf in which High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, was slain.  Just ahead of that on 11th April, a 10-piece group, The Boroimhe Project launch their album Walking with Brian Boru to mark this landmark event in Irish history

 The Boroimhe Project, from Dublin, Mayo and Limerick, have interpreted this period during and after the Battle of Clontarf in a unique blend of music.

The track, ‘The Ruse’ tells of a fleet of Vikings who landed in Clontarf Bay to do battle.  They duped Brian Boru’s forces by pretending to sail away but returned at dead of night to take Boru’s men by surprise.  The story is brought to life from the personal perspective of the watchmen.

The genre of music is influenced by trad but original too, with Irish jigs specially composed and other tracks drawing on blues/rock/jazz and classical music – an eclectic mix.

 Irish Spectrum Radio will feature the artists The Boroimhe Project throughout April

Buy their album now!

The Silver Tassie National Theatre

Booking is now open for Sean O’Casey’s ‘The Silver Tassie’ in The Lyttelton at The National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

Previews from 15th April; opening night 23rd April.

Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 set in Dublin during World War One is eagerly awaited.

Book now on: 020 7452 3000 or

Over the coming weeks, we’ll bring you cast interviews, ticket giveaways and more!  Further details available at:

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Oven Excel are fully insured and clean all types of ovens, hobs, extractors, microwaves & barbeques.

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Available from Amazon at £8.99

and from the Killarney Book Shop, Main Street, Killarney

The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs

Tony Horgan

Irish Spectrum Radio review: Tony Horgan’s autobiography, The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs is receiving acclaim from The Irish Post, The Kerryman, Radio Kerry and others.  Irish Spectrum Radio have posted a review of our own  at and would highly recommend the book.  It skilfully, yet charmingly, tells of life in 1930s Killarney, taking in every facet of Irish life – the landscape and local architecture, education, sport and leisure, music, industry and commerce, family life and military experiences.  Of course, rich and colourful descriptions of the local characters are key.  It progresses to Tony’s experience of emigrating to Fulham in 1946, meeting his late wife, Mary, at The Garryowen and details his happy family life with four children and grandchildren, who are proud of him for compiling this significant record of social history.  It also tells of his contribution to the Irish community in west London.  Tony does not shy away from the hardships of the era.  This is not a tale told through rose tinted spectacles and yet it is not a depressing read but highly entertaining.  As Tony says, “I am putting pen to paper because the worst ink survives the best memory.”   You can also still hear the podcast of Tony Horgan’s interview with Radio Kerry at  The book is available on Amazon and from The Killarney Bookshop.

 Synopsis: A social history and autobiography of an Irish boy growing up in Killarney during the hungry 1930’s who eventually boarded the cattle boat from Dun Laoghaire to England.

So gracefully written, so full of interesting and evocative detail. Making so many connections with literary and historical figures. It’s a real tour de force. What an amazing memory he has for places and people… Such an enjoyable read.

Priscilla Thomas. Historian.

“I read this book in one evening .. it is outstanding ..

 it has economy, purpose, character and lyricism .. a lovely homage to Killarney .. important as social history (incredibly, photographically detailed) .. a joy to read”

           John Hart

 “A rich social history…His memories of old Killarney

are still vivid and it shines through in his book”

Kevin Hughes,The Kerryman



Take The Mike

Take the Mike are a friendly comedy club who are pleased to present a fun and highly entertaining show on the first Thursday of every month at The Duchess of Cambridge pub, Hammersmith. Join us! Call the hotline on 08444  771000 to book tickets or find out more or visit  

 Early bird prices, offers for small and large groups and usual concessions apply.  Pay in advance or on the door. Our venue is the welcoming Duchess of Cambridge, Hammersmith renowned for good ale, wine and quality homemade, reasonably priced food.




The Would Be’s


Album: Beautiful Mess out now and new single available – Could be The Weather (available now on iTunes)



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Visit Leitrim Tourism’s website for many suggestions of how to make your stay in Leitrim enriching, fun and memorable.



Ultan Cowley - Voices of the Men who built Britain CD

Voices of the Men Who Built Britain is available from:

Potter’s Yard Press, Duncormick, County Wexford, Ireland
Telephone: + 353 (0) 51 563377
Price: £15/€18, including postage and packing
Payment can be made by cheque, major debit/credit cards or PayPal
Supporting Irish Counselling and Psychotherapy
Ultan Cowley, author of The men who built Britain, has released a compelling CD, Voices of the men who built Britain, featuring first-hand accounts of life in Britain’s construction industry in the last century.
Taken from interviews recorded in the 1990s, these voices convey a vivid picture of the lives of Irish emigrants both before and after leaving Ireland.
Men speak freely about ‘getting the start’ and jumping on wagons, about gangermen good and bad, about dogging out muck, tunnelling and pulling cable, about sinking pints, courting women, surviving in lonely bed-sits and dreaming foolishly of ‘going home’.
Others speak hard truths about the price paid in health and relationships and the indifference of many at home who perhaps profited from the labours of those who left.
Joe Giltrap’s treatment of classic songs such as Cricklewood, Crooked Jack, The Sick Note, Tunnel Tigers and McAlpine’s Fusiliers express the sadness, defiance, and elation which the navvies knew well.
A number of the contributors have since passed on. Their world can never come again but this rich slice of social history offers listeners a chance to share the ‘living history’ of those who were there – The Men Who Built Britain!

The London Irish Pensioners’ Choir based in The London Irish Centre, Camden Town meet every second Monday between 12 – 2pm to rehearse.  Their get-togethers are uplifting, enjoyable and inclusive – new members are welcome.  The choir have given pleasure by singing at many events – the annual Christmas party at The London Irish Centre and in Trafalgar Square on St Patrick’s Day, for example.  In 2011, they released an excellent compilation album of songs and recitations, Songs of Love and Emigration; copies are still available.  This is an appeal to ask any musicians, ideally keyboard or accordion players to come along to accompany them.  They are a not-for-profit organisation but can pay reasonable travel expenses and guarantee their sessions are fun. Please respond to the Secretary of the Choir, Alice Kennedy on 020 7209 2584.  

Our featured album on the show has been, Friends for Life by The High Kings.  From the opening harmonies of Maggie to the fading vocals of Friends for Life, this album demonstrates the huge vocal range and musical ability of Finbar, Brian, Martin and Darren – The High Kings.  With the 4 voice harmonies of Johnny Leave Her to Galway Girl, with Sharon Shannon on squeeze box, you could not find more diverse tunes.  The songs will linger long in the memory, with perhaps ‘High’ as the signature song amongst the compelling banjos, bodhrans and mandolins backing the very special vocals.
Interview with Felicity Hayes-McCoy with Gerry Byrne on the show on 30th November:


Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Publication: Trade Paperback 7 June 2012.   Mass mkt ed. May 2013.

Hodder & Stoughton, UK/Hachette Ireland.

Available in bookshops worldwide and from online outlets, in paperback or as an ebook.

Felicity Hayes-McCoy was seventeen when she first came to the West Kerry Gaeltacht, on a scholarship to study Irish. In her twenties she moved to London and built a successful career as an actress and writer. But she always knew she’d be back. Then, thirty years later, she and her husband Wilf found the house on Irish hillside …

  ‘ There is something entirely Irish about her writing: fresh, daring, curious and blazingly beautiful. Whatever she turns her bright eye on comes alive: the soft wild country of the Dingle Peninsula, old half-remembered stories, and the pattern of life in rural Ireland. As you read on you begin to believe that you own the house on the hillside, that you are part of the smoky circle of musicians, that the seaweed you spread on the earth will produce a fine crop of potatoes. Wise, funny and touching, this book is a portrait of friendships, customs and folklore of Ireland; but what stays with you is harder to catch, like smoke or running water. It is the taste of something we all once knew, ever-present if only you look for it. Completely enchanting.’ – Joanna Lumley

‘A style that’s poetic but not showy; finely honed but easy and unforced; descriptive and evocative’ - Irish Independent

‘Writing to relish – a beautiful book .’ – Frank McGuinness

 ‘A lovely read’. – Mary Kennedy, RTÉ Nationwide.


LondonIrish Social Club
London Irish network was set up to provide Londoners with an Irish background or those with an interest in Irish culture, an opportunity to meet up, socialise and enjoy a range of varied activities.Find out more at their monthly Club Nights.    

Safe Home have published a book, Coming Home, which tells the stories of 31 older emigrants who left Ireland as young men and women and, after many years in exile, closed the circle of emigration by coming home again.  It is available from the Safe Home Office for just £15 including post and package.  That is a special price for listeners to Irish Spectrum Radio.
Cuimhne Irish Memory Loss Alliance
We’ve frequently brought you news about Cuimhne Irish Memory loss alliance, which aims to address the needs of Irish elders and their family carers when memory loss features in their lives. Irish in Britain (formerly The Federation of Irish Societies) aims to have the Irish Community here in Britain recognised as the first ethnic community to be memory loss friendly. 

Gavan Ring - baritone

Gavan Ring – baritone

Irish baritone Gavan hails from Cahersiveen in County Kerry. He studied at the Schola Cantorum in Mullingar, St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and most recently graduated from the National Opera Studio in London.Awards include the National Concert Hall Bernadette Greevy Bursary, the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary and the Peter Hulsen Award for Orchestral Song 2013. A Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2012 and an alumnus Young Associate Artist with Opera Theatre Company.Gavan has performed at the Royal Opera House, Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Wide Open Opera. Concert and recital appearances include appearances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia and the Oxford Lieder Festival.As well as representing Ireland at the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundatiom International Song Competition 2013, upcoming engagements include the role of Hartmann in Offenbach’s Fantasio at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, the role of Jake Wallace in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and the role of Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohéme for Opera North. Gavan is also engaged to sing at Wexford Festival Opera in 2014.

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The Craic is a full colour magazine packed with interesting, informative features, which is widely available at leading Irish venues – ask your local pub landlord for a copy.  The Editor of The Craic welcomes contributions (publication is at her discretion) and there is also the opportunity to take advertising space and promote goods and services.  Contact the approachable Editor with enquiries at
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