The Boroimhe Project
Walking with Brian Boru
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The album can be downloaded from
It’s also available from Celtic Note,
HMV, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and other outlets in Dublin
Social media pages are: www.facebook.com/BoroimheProject and twitter.com/boroimheproject
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!
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 nationaltheatre.org.uk
Over the coming weeks, we’ll bring you cast interviews, ticket giveaways and more! Further details available at: www.irishradio.org
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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
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 irishradio.org 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 media.radiokerry.ie. The book is available on Amazon and from The Killarney Bookshop.
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”
“A rich social history…His memories of old Killarney
are still vivid and it shines through in his book”
Kevin Hughes,The Kerryman
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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.
THE HOUSE ON AN IRISH HILLSIDE
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.
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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.
Gavan Ring – baritoneIrish 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.
For more see www.gavanring.co.uk
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