1916 to be celebrated in poetry, prose, music and drama in Boyle, Co Roscommon

1916 to be celebrated in poetry, prose, music and drama in Boyle, Co Roscommon

County Roscommon’s final celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising takes place this evening, Wednesday, December 14 at 8pm in King House, Boyle. 

Well known writers from Roscommon, Longford and Mayo will be reading from their collection of stories and poems reflecting on 1916. 

There will be a guest appearance, by tenor Paul Hennessy - a very successful professional singer for over twenty years who was an original member of The Three Irish Tenors group.

Celtic Chique singers, a group of six girls will be performing well known ballads. The girls performed for the first time as a group in October 2012 and received rave reviews. Their first album 'One Step Closer' was released in 2014 featuring You Raise Me Up; Black is The Colour, Caledonia, Carrickfergus and more.​ Aisling, Aoife, Devyn, Jordi, Laura and Marie live in Longford and Westmeath. They already have had several sell-out concerts in top venues including, The National Concert Hall, and The Helix in Dublin.

Singer/songwriter, Thomas Igoe will also be performing well known Irish Ballads along with his own song, “Rosie Hackett”, especially composed in remembrance of Rosie Hackett who was a trade unionist and insurgent in the 1916 Rising.

A short play, entitled, “On the Edge of a Blade” a piece of historical fiction written by playwright/screenwriter and short story writer, Rose Byrne a Dublin Native now living in Strokestown. The play is directed by Pat-Joe McLoughlin (Backstage Theatre). Starring Aaron Byrne, (former member of Roscommon County Youth Theatre) and John Kelly, (Backstage Theatre).

An original song, “My Bond Is His Word”, especially written for the play “On the Edge of a Blade” by singer/songwriter Peter Davis, will be performed on the night.

Tickets cost €5 (part of proceeds to be donated to Barnardos Children's Charity)

Refreshments provided.

For more information contact King House on http://www.kinghouse.ie or on 087 144 4739.