New Grow mental health peer support group starting in New Ross, on Tuesday, August 2 and every Tuesday thereafter from 2–4 p.m. in Room 3, St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford, Y34 N799. If you would like to talk to others who have experienced mental health challenges, come along and see if Grow is for you.
The group is free, confidential and open to all. Contact Felicia at 086 1034332.
Dan McCabe plays in the Hiland on Saturday, August 20.
During the summer of 2020, Dan featured on RTÉ The Sunday game performing a version of Luke Kelly’s ‘Song for Ireland’ as a tribute to healthcare workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
This segment quickly became viral and acted as a real catalyst gaining Dan a massive online following and leading the way in Dan making appearances on various TV programmes since.
The highlight of Dan’s career came on New Year’s Eve when he was invited to Áras an Uachtaráin by request of President Michael D Higgins. Dan performed ‘The Parting Glass’ after the Presidential New Year’s Speech as a tribute to all the people who have sadly passed away from Covid-19.
Dan went on to release his debut album ‘Dan McCabe - Songs for Ireland (The Lockdown laments)’ which features songs that Dan posted online during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
On Monday, August 1 a Celtic Shamanic Celebration takes place at Creacon Wellness Retreat. Join Danny in the celebration of the ancient Celtic festival of Lughnasadh to mark the beginning of the harvest season of autumn.
See Micheal Maloney play some of his greatest hits such as ‘what do you wanna know’ and ‘Ozzie man’ in Paulines Bar, New Ross, Co. Wexford, on Saturday, July 30 for just €5. Drinks will be available to buy on the night.
The Rathgarogue Mini Movers Club takes place at Rathgarogue Hall on Saturday, August 6, 13 and 20.
Running from 10-10.45 a.m. this will be tutored by Catriona Hendrick at a cost of €12 for three sessions. For children aged four and five, this club will improve flexibility, strength, balance, co-ordination and discipline, assist with building stamina and improving memory, help develop gross motor and fine motor skills, provide an opportunity to develop social skills and make new friends, boost self-esteem and confidence, and encourage participation and team play. All equipment will be supplied.
To book a place, go to https://buytickets.at/rathgarogueminimovers/732115.
Places are limited so book early. Please ensure your child wears comfortable clothing and footwear (runners). And bring a nice cold drink. All Mini Movers sessions will be run in accordance with public health guidelines. Any queries, please contact 087 2027224.
Guitar Festival 2022
The first night of the Guitar Festival will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 7.30 p.m. in Ballykelly Church.
John Feeley is described by the Washington Post as ‘Ireland’s leading classical guitarist’ and by Michael Dervan in the Irish Times as ‘a trailblazer...when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland.’ Highly regarded for his performance and recordings of new works by Irish composers, he has had many works written for him.
David Creevy is currently the principal of County Wexford School of Music where he also teaches classical guitar. He was the winner of the J.S. Bach guitar Prize, George Louden Senior Guitar prize and runner up in the Yamaha European Guitar Foundation Award. David has toured across America, Colombia and Europe.
War and Peace
This open-air theatre event takes place in Tintern Abbey on July 31 at 6.30 p.m. Gift Horse Theatre present ‘War & Peace’ as an open-air theatre event. Our dynamic cast of eight will tackle this nineteenth-century epic, guiding you through a hundred characters, two wars, and 1,300 pages – all in the space of two and a half hours.
This is an accessible adaptation that is playful and modern in spirit, featuring live music and dance, balls, gunfights, marriages, death, and vodka: we will show you the best – and worst – parts of Tolstoy’s story. Following a successful tour of outdoor venues around Dublin in the summer of 2021, Gift Horse are excited to be performing at Tintern Abbey this summer. The performance will be on an intimate scale with the audience sitting in the garden with the actors – there is no preset seating available, so please bring your own picnic blankets or picnic chairs. You can, of course, also bring picnics if you like, but we ask you to remember that the venue is a living space and so to ensure you clean up all rubbish and leave the space as you found it. The running time of the show is two and a half hours with a short interval. If you have any accessibility issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific requirements.
In case of rain, please bring your own umbrellas and raincoats; there will be no cover provided by the venue. We perform whatever the weather and we encourage you to still come along if the weather turns out to be less than ideal. In case of extreme weather warnings, we will update you by email and refund your ticket if necessary. There are parking and toilet facilities available.
Gift Horse Theatre is a Dublin-based theatre company that creates playful, forward-thinking, environmentally conscious theatre. Gift Horse breathes new life into stories past and present with a bold, fresh style that incorporates dance, new music, puppetry, and lively storytelling. Gift Horse is a member of the Staging Change network and is passionate about creating theatre that respects and celebrates our natural environment.
“One of the best ways to be introduced to a literary classic [...] An upcoming theatre company filled with talented” – Babylon Radio
“This play then was nothing short of excellent. It was poignant, witty, and powerful and somehow managed to relate its ageing dialogue to twentieth-first century youths” – University Times
Bethany Bereavement Support Group have now recommenced services to all who are bereaved. The drop-in service will be held on the first Thursday of every month in St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Michael Street in New Ross from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are suffering loss of any kind at this time, please call the group’s confidential number on 087 3846577.
Cumas Golf Classic
The Cumas Golf Classic takes place at New Ross Golf Club on Friday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tee and green sponsorships are available. There will be first, second and third prizes for nearest to the pin and longest drive. The cost to enter is €120 for a team of four – all for a great cause. Contact Terry on 087 9975620 or email todowd@ cumas.ie to sign up.
Are you interested in being part of an informal Irish conversation group for adults? Perhaps you could learn, or help others improve their Irish language skills? We meet once a month in New Ross Library. Group is self-facilitated. Contact New Ross Library for details at 051 421877.
This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one. The obituary tells the story of the person’s life, celebrating their personality, and is free of charge. Contact David Looby, whose details are listed above, if this is something that interests you.
Rock and Roll
The latest in the New Ross Summer Sessions series will see Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan of Eurovision fame perform in the Library Park on July 30. Harrington first came to public attention with his debut album, What I’d Say, reaching the Top 10 in 1991. However, that attention reached new heights in 1994 when he represented Ireland and won the Eurovision Song Contest along with Charlie McGettigan.
In the late 1990s, Harrington was the performer of choice for many of the A-list celebrities that would frequent the VIP Room in Dublin’s most prestigious nightspot at the time, Lillie’s bordello, here he would regularly entertain and be joined by, stars from the world of music, film, and television. He has performed for, amongst others, the Rolling Stones, Prince, and U2. It was at this location that Michael Flatley and Harrington reconnected after 10 years. Flatley was so impressed with Harrington that he created a role for him as a principal singer in his dance extravaganza Celtic Tiger Live. This saw Harrington performing in arenas across Europe and North America, including Wembley and Madison Square Gardens.
Harrington release A Collection in 2008, and after a stunning performance on The Late Late Show, the album entered Ireland’s Top 20 reaching number 4.
In 2009, he joined with his brothers as “The Harrington Brothers” to record “Molly Malone” with The Official Leinster Supporters Group. The song became the official anthem for the Leinster Rugby Team. The song entered the Irish Charts in 2009 and was number one in the download charts. The Harrington Brothers performed “Molly Malone” live at The RDS Dublin just before Leinster played Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup.
In 2010, Harrington released a live studio album, Songs, featuring his unique interpretations of some of the world’s best-loved songs, and produced by Grammy nominees Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy. The album also featured Bill Shanley, Sean Devitt, and Tony Molloy.
Harrington released a new live album in 2018 entitled Lights of Home. The album was recorded by Tim Martin at the Sugar Club Dublin, and features nine new songs.