“No one as Irish as Barrack Obama”
We kicked off July with an action packed weekend and up first was “Hayes’ be Jaysus”. Yes Ollie Hayes bar in Moneygall, Co Offaly the most famous bar in the world after the recent visit of a man by the name of Barrack Obama. With major celebrations being held for Independence Day, we were given the opportunity to perform to a large crowd which included Henry Healy, President Obama’s cousin who was in great form. Is feider Linn,” Yes we can” and yes we did, Hayes’ bar was rocking with Na Fianna long into the early hours of the morning and a great night was had by all thanks to Ollie, his family and friends. I would like to thank everyone in Moneygall for such a warm welcome and hope to see ye all again soon.
“Hail Hail the Celts are here”
The City West Hotel in Dublin was the venue for the Irish Celtic supporters club dinner dance 2011. What a venue and a fantastic crowd. This was our second year in a row to perform at this great event putting our own stamp and style on some of the Celtic classics, we had the Celts on their feet from the off. They surely know how to party but the highlight of the night for me was performing the ballad of Joe McDonnell, with Damian singing a passionate version to the full respect of everyone in the room. I would like to thank Tom Maher, Mick Hurley, Neville Carolan and everyone on the committee for the Celtic supporters club who really looked after us, with photos of us with a few Celtic greats holding the cup and of course a few pints!! Lol…..I would also like to thank Andrew Milne from www.morethan90minutes.com for his support.
These past couple of weeks we have also been playing in Wexford not once but twice. First stop was Tintern Community Complex. It was a privilege to be the first band to perform in the new complex. Thanks for the free burgers guys as well, Mick Jones our sound engineer for the night is still licking his lips!! Lol…Next in Wexford was the Taghmon Music Festival. It was great to share the stage with such acts as Blue Moose and Black Knight. Even though we were on early in the evening we had a large audience that were well able to sing along and dance.
With preparations well under way for our upcoming American tour we received great news this week with more dates added for the month of October “VEGAS BABY”. We’ll be live in Rí Rá Irish Bar at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Las Vegas for six nights and this has brought a great buzz around the band. I hope the lads don’t get too carried away when we’re over there and that we still have the shirts on our backs when we leave lol…Lee is currently glued to the television watching 21; he reckons he can learn to count the cards haha… As Del Boy Trotter once said to Rodney “this time next year we’ll be millionaires” lol!!!
Some other good news so far this month, Lee has finally got his car back on the road even though the Government offered him the scrapage deal…however he turned it down and now has his Ford Focus back to its former glory and will be entering it into the Durrow Vintage show this year …lol
I would like to thank all the people that do a lot of work behind the scenes for Na Fianna you all know who you are. Big thank you to Sionainn Crevoiserat who has just recently set up our Official US Fan Page on Facebook which you can find here, and lastly a big thank you to Sissy Porter and all the Texas crew for doing a great job spreading the Na Fianna buzz
Talk to ye all soon