20th Anniversary Concert

 To mark almost to the day of when our branch was reformed back in 1995, we are hosting the below concert to celebrate in style and we are hoping as many of our past members can join us in the celebrations, we are also extending the invitation to you as this will be a night to remember!

Rahan Comhaltas Poster

 Here is some background for anybody who may not already be familiar with the lesser known of our guests who are stars on the international stage 🙂



Dermot Byrne:

one of Ireland’s finest traditional accordion players, for many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations he has performed with Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, and The Stunning along with many other outstanding Irish and international musicians.


For his contribution to Irish music Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

Dermot will be joined by Australian Steve Cooney on guitar and Tyrone man Trevor Hutchinson on bass. Both Steve and Trevor have impeccable traditional music credentials with extensive touring, recording and performance experience alongside the greats of Irish traditional music.


Steve Cooney


Steve Cooney:

Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music. He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and Sinead O’Connor along with many other groups over the years. He’s also a fine composer, known mainly for the reel Skidoo which was originally recorded by Stockton’s Wing and since recorded by Sharon Shannon amongst others. He’s a noted songwriter too and his songs have been recorded by artists including Altan and Mary Black.





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Trevor Hutchinson:

From Cookstown, County Tyrone, Trevor played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991, recording Fisherman’s Blues (1988) and Room to Roam (1990), the latter featuring Sharon Shannon.
Later he made three albums with the Sharon Shannon Band: 1991’s ‘Sharon Shannon’, 1994’s ‘Out the Gap’, and 1997’s ‘Each Little Thing’.
A much-in-demand musician, Trevor has also recorded with Moving Cloud, Altan’s Dermot Byrne, Eric Bibb, Máire Breatnach, and Eileen Ivers of Riverdance fame. Trevor and the original Waterboys re-formed in 2013 to celebrate the 25th anniversary and tour their legendary album ‘Fisherman’s Blues’. 

Back in 1997 he co-founded his current traditional group Lunasa.

Also some links to a couple of recordings 

Dermot Byrne & Altan | Gradam Ceoil 2001 | TG4.tv


Flo Blancke,Dermot Byrne,Bourrasque,Harp, accordion,Horo Gheallaidh,accordion,BBC Alba


Steve Cooney and Friends in Concert

And of course we will be treated to some fun and frolics by the much loved Rahan Drama group who have brought us some hilarious productions in the past, namely ,  “The Maiden Aunt”, “Love Thy Neighbour” and “Awake in the West”

Cast and directors from the “A Wake in the West” production



Admissions: €10 per Adult, €5 per OAP / Child and €30 per Family

Tickets can be purchased from the following locations:

(1) at reception of Tullamore Court Hotel

(2) or for the moment contact Mike on 086 3883156 or Sinéad on 086 8246046

Map to venue can be found below


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