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MUSIC:Country dancing in Claremorris

Going Out
John McNicholl and Glor Tire finalist Una Nolan.
KEEPING IT COUNTRY John McNicholl and Glor Tire finalist Una Nolan.

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Michael ComminsCountry Music
Michael Commins


COUNTRY dancing returns to the McWilliam Park in Claremorris over the coming weekend. Dancers will be spoiled for choice with the visit of three bands to the venue.
Patrick Feeney and his new band will be on hand to entertain on the Friday night. It will be Patrick’s his first Mayo date since returning to the country dancing circuit after an absence of close on two years. The concert scene has been put to one side for the foreseeable future as the Sligo man concentrates on reconnecting with the dancing public. Good reports have been emanating from his early shows around the country.
Thomas Maguire and Fhiona Ennis and their band are back on Sunday night. Their new single, ‘I Hate Karaoke’, is gaining extensive airplay on the regional stations since its release two weeks ago. The Fermanagh-based duo are among the hardest working in the country and always deliver a top-class show.
Monday night sees the return of The Outlaws, and this coincides with the Ballinrobe Races earlier in the evening. The Monaghan combination has gained a legion of followers over the past year and dancers can again be assured of an entertaining show. Dancing is from 11pm to 1am nightly.

Knock Shrine’s Una stars in TG4 talent show

THE talent show Glor Tire will return to the TG4 screens in September. The format of the country music show stays much the same as the last series, which saw Roscommon lady Carmel McLoughlin emerge as the overall winner.
Mayo interest on this occasion will be provided by finalist Una Nolan, the assistant director of music at Knock Shrine, who now resides in Ranahard, Claremorris. A crew from the television station visited Knock in recent days and filmed John McNicholl and Una as well as some children from Knock National School who joined them for the recording session in the church grounds.
“Folk and Irish ballads were my main influences growing up, but I have a wide taste in music and am really enjoying singing these country songs,” says Una, who also has a busy season ahead at Knock Shrine.
The artists who will front the upcoming series of shows include TR Dallas, John McNicholl, Louise Morrissey, Mike Denver, Shawn Cuddy, Robert Mizzell, Patrick Feeney, John Hogan and The Conquerors.
The nine finalists in the new talent series are Una Nolan (Claremorris), Laura Mulligan (Tullamore), Rosie Flanagan (Offaly), Patrick O’Sullivan (Cork), Patricia Brennan (Laois), Brian McDermott (Sligo), Claire Sheerin (Athlone), Michael McDonald (Gurteen, Co Sligo), and Lisa McHugh (Glasgow).