Celtic Thunder

Feb 04, 2016

'George' on CD
'George' on DVD
'George' Bundle Pack


Celtic Thunder fans, “Thunderheads” as they are affectionately known, took great joy in watching George perform his signature solos within each of the Celtic Thunder shows. This DVD highlights those moments that his fans loved so much. From proudly singing his lead line in the Scottish anthem “Caledonia” to his poignant performance of “The Old Man” and “My Boy”, George’s performances oozed charisma, always meeting the mark and connecting with his audience. His song choices throughout all of the Celtic Thunder shows follow a common theme. They are a reflection of a man’s passage through life, covering the most important themes that we associate with our journey through adulthood; Love and commitment “Life With You” and “The Voyage”; Career “Working Man” and “Yesterday’s Men”; Loss of a parent “The Old Man”; Relationship with one’s children “My Boy” and “Cat’s In The Cradle”; Aging “Gold and Silver Days” and “Life In The Old Dog Yet” and patriotism in “Skye Boat Song” and “Caledonia”.

We wrap up the DVD to George back in Dublin at The Helix with Mythology and we meet Colm who had recently joined Celtic Thunder. We see a very happy and relaxed George singing "The Grand Affaire" and "Scarlet Ribbon" and there’s no doubt who the big smile and the wink is for, sorry if you thought it was for you, his biggest fans Carolyn and Sarah were in their usual seats in the front row. We could not leave the next song out, "Life Without You" it’s a big number sung so passionately by the Big Man. The DVD finishes with "Unseen Footage" which was edited from the footage that our very own Angie has filmed while on tour with the guys. In all the DVD features 23 tracks that highlight just what a special part of Celtic Thunder that George was. It has been difficult to put the CD & DVD together, so many memories flooding in, but we are really happy with the end result and know that George would have approved.

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Celtic Thunder

Jan 26, 2016


Celtic Thunder's new show Legacy, Volume 1 captured for DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl will be released on Friday, February 26, 2016.

“Legacy” is Lively, fast paced and upbeat! “A Place in The Choir” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” represent the fun loving nature of the Irish while the slower classic ballads “ Black Velvet Band” “Noreen” and “Mountains of Mourne” play to their nostalgic and romantic side. Featuring all newly recorded Songs to reflect the current cast on Legacy the tracks on “Legacy” are varied in style and run the gamut from classic Irish folk songs and ballads such as “Danny Boy” and “Buachaille On Eirne” to the more contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Ride On” and rousing anthems “Caledonia” and “Ireland’s Call”.

Legacy finds Celtic Thunder soloists Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne reunited with guest artist Damian McGinty, an original member of Celtic Thunder who went on to win Fox’s "The Glee Project before landing a recurring role (as "Rory Flanagan") in the hit series "Glee!"

Every pre-order placed in Celtic Thunder’s online Store, automatically enters the purchaser into the draw to win 2 VIP tickets and passes to the Celtic Thunder Tour date of their choice.

The draw closes the 30th March and the winner will be announced in The Celtic Times in mid-April.

Celtic Thunder’s Legacy, Volume 1 is the 14th release for the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble, which first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since that first airing, Celtic Thunder has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for Public Television stations throughout the country and has achieved sales of over 2.5 million copies to date.

Celtic Thunder’s official YouTube channel, “Thunder Tube” has seen over 47 million-upload views since the channel’s inception in 2008. In addition to appearing in nine hugely successful Public Television specials, including the smash hit "Mythology," Celtic Thunder has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, at the Pentagon for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on the CBS Saturday Show’s Second Cup Café, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.

Filmed at Casino Rama in Ontario in March 2015, Legacy, Volume 1 is a definitive review of Celtic Thunder’s most popular songs to-date. The Legacy television special will premiere on Public Television stations across the US and Canada in March 2016 and in Australia also this year.

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Celtic Thunder

Jan 26, 2016


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt”.
- Charles M. Schulz

With castles and legends, Old World hospitality and indulgent experiences, epic scenery and fairy trees, Ireland is a world of romantic mystique… and while it might not be possible to whisk your Valentine to Ireland this February you can always bring a little bit of Irish romance to your loved one.

We have an amazing collection of handmade chocolates from a top Irish chocolatier. Butler’s Irish Chocolates is 100% Irish owned company that sources the finest quality ingredients, locally produced as much as possible, to enable their chocolatiers to create the best tasting chocolates. Butlers Chocolates is equally committed to The Ethical Trading Initiative - sourcing only ethically traded ingredients of cocoa and coffee.

Established in 1932, Butler’s have long since been Ireland’s favorite luxury chocolatier and have been purveying chocolate happiness for over 80 years!

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Celtic Thunder

Jan 05, 2016


Celtic Thunder’s Home is a wonderful collection of the show’s fan favorites and best-loved songs set to a background of spectacular scenery of Ireland. Watch exquisite footage of the seven wonders of Ireland; the magnificent northern coastline of County Antrim that is home to Giant’s Causeway, the mighty Cliffs of Moher, sweeping vistas of the Mountains of Mourne and the arid and lunar-like plateau of the Burren in County Clare to name but a few, as it serves as a backdrop to Celtic Thunder’s melodious harmonies and unique take on classic Irish folk songs. Available on DVD Format at the Celtic Thunder Online Store Here.

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Celtic Thunder

Jan 01, 2016


From Everyone in Celtic Thunder, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2016 Promises to be a very fun year for CT!

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Celtic Thunder

Dec 27, 2015


Transport yourself to the heart of the Emerald Isle with ‘Celtic Roots Myths and Legends,’ the new 3 DVD & 3 CD Box Set Collection featuring six never before released Celtic Thunder performances! Add this Amazon Music exclusive to your Celtic Thunder catalog today and discover other New Releases Here.

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Celtic Thunder

Dec 25, 2015


From Everyone in Celtic Thunder, Merry Christmas! We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday with family & loved ones.

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Celtic Thunder

Dec 22, 2015


Celtic Thunder will return to Australian shores in May 2016 for an extensive 15 date national tour, visiting both capital city and regional markets across Australia, some of which they’ll be visiting for the first time. Their new and highly anticipated show, Legacy, vows to be even bigger and better than ever before.

Tickets are on sale to the General Public and can be purchased Here.

The 2008, 2009 and 2011 #1 Billboard World Artists, who once performed for President Obama at the White House, have amassed global sales of over two million albums and more than 800,000 concert tickets to date. With thousands of loyal followers and adoring fans they have a string of platinum and double platinum discs in Australia, with 2012’s The Show going triple platinum.

Celtic Thunder’s 10th album (CD and DVD), Legacy Volume I is set for release in February 2016.

“Legacy” is a review of Celtic Thunder’s most popular songs to date and sees Celtic Thunder soloists Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne joined by guest artist and former cast mate Damian McGinty. Celtic Thunder creates a perfect blend of entertainment and tradition, delivering the best of their much loved ensemble numbers with selections from their 9 tours to date. Song choices include the big opening number “Heartland” and other upbeat ensembles such as “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” “Galway Girl” and “A Place in The Choir”. Of course, no Celtic Thunder show would be complete without a performance of their rousing signature anthems “Caledonia” and “Ireland’s Call”, which never fail to bring the audience to its feet.

Along with featuring Celtic Thunder’s popular ensemble performances, “Legacy” also offers a wide variety of solo hits and fan favorites such as Damian’s “Buachaille On Eirne”, Ryan’s “Ride On”, Keith’s “The Mountains of Mourne”, Neil’s “Noreen”, Emmett’s “Danny Boy”, and contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Black Velvet Band”. As always, Celtic Thunder are backed by the amazing eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band on strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes and more and are led by Musical Director David Munro, who also plays keyboards in the show.

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Celtic Thunder

Dec 17, 2015


Mythology presents the perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition. Celtic Thunder's six male soloists Emmet Cahill, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan are known for performing an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from traditional Irish fare "Isle of Innisfree" to international hits such as Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence", and the Garth Brooks hit "The Thunder Rolls". Haunting soundtracks from the movies are also featured in Mythology with theme song from Gladiator "Now We Are Free" as well as "Harry's Game" from the movie of the same name.

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Sharon Browne

Dec 16, 2015

Hello CT Fans,

Colm has decided to take a year out from touring with CT and complete his education to become a teacher. He will be be back but we are happy he is returning to his studies for a while. He has already completed his University degree but needs to do another year to qualify as a teacher.

As you all know I believe being an Artist is great and fun but not at the expense of a proper education so where I know Colm will be missed, I am delighted he is doing this, as are his family.


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Celtic Thunder

Dec 11, 2015


The December 2015 Times is now available online and ready for you to enjoy! For the best viewing experience, please clear your Internet Browser and click Here.

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CELTIC THUNDER CHRISTMAS ON CD is a holiday celebration for all the family that features all-time favorites such as Winter Wonderland, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas and Let It Snow, original compositions such as Christmas Morning Donegal and of course the Celtic Thunder fan favorites Christmas 1915 and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Ave Maria’ which is a recent (2015) recording performed by Celtic Thunder newcomer Emmett O’Hanlon. Celtic Thunder – ‘Christmas’ is a diverse mix of international and Celtic holiday classics performed as always with the Celtic Thunder magic. Celtic Thunder -Christmas was produced by Sharon Browne with musical direction and compositions by Phil Coulter and David Munro. The concept for Celtic Thunder is to feature men of different ages from Ireland and Scotland, a real range of Celts, paying homage to their shared heritage. Since their first album in 2008, Celtic Thunder has been hailed as BILLBOARD’s “Top World Music Artist,” along with “Top World Music Imprint” and “Top World Album” in 2008, 2009 and again in 2011.


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Celtic Thunder

Nov 14, 2015

The November 2015 of ;The Celtic Times' is now available online. For the best viewing experience, please clear your Internet Browser and click here.

Celtic Thunder has just announced their latest CD and DVD entitled ‘Legacy - Volume I’, will be released in late February 2016. Filmed at Casino Rama in Ontario this past March, the companion television special will air on Public Television stations across the US and Canada in March ’16.

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Celtic Thunder

Nov 06, 2015


Here is 'Still Haven't Found' to get your hands clapping and your weekend off to a great start. Be sure to turn up the volume and sing along!

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 31, 2015


We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Enjoy 'Heartland' from Celtic Thunder's first DVD, 'The Show'.

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 27, 2015


“Halloween” and customs are celebrated worldwide in different ways. Check out some of the exciting things happening for Halloween this year in Ireland and watch the loads of videos HERE.

What Halloween Traditions are you planning this year? We would love to hear from everyone!

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 21, 2015


In Ire­land chil­dren carved out pota­toes or turnips as “Jack-O-Lanterns” and lighted them from the inside with candles. The prac­tice ori­gin­ated from an Irish myth about a man nick­named “Stingy Jack” who invited the Devil to have a drink with him and then didn’t want to pay for his drink.

Read more about the 'History of the Jack-o-Lantern' and Pumpkin Fun Facts here

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 20, 2015


Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter.

Read more about the 'Ancient Origins of Halloween' and see some interesting Halloween Superstitions.

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 18, 2015


The Celtic Times for October 2015 is available online for your viewing pleasure. For the best possible online experience, please clear your Internet Browser and click here https://www.theceltictimes.com/

Celtic Thunder's much anticipated return to the US came earlier this month with their SOLD OUT shows in Minot and Thackerville. Both shows were entitled “An Evening with Celtic Thunder” featured both past and present members of the Celtic Thunder cast. Fans were delighted to welcome back former Celtic Thunder members Paul Byrom, Emmet Cahill and Damian McGinty for these two very special evenings

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 12, 2015


From everyone in Celtic Thunder to all our friends in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful and safe celebration.

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Celtic Thunder

Oct 01, 2015


Brian Boru was the last king of Ireland and is said to have been born around 940-950 in Thomond, now known as County Clare, to his mother Bé Binn and father, King Cennétig mac Lorcáin.

Brian’s mother was killed by Vikings when he was a child and being the youngest of two sons, Brian never became king until his father died, and then was succeeded by his older brother, Mathgamain. Mathgamain then died around 976 and this is when Brian became king, at around 30 years of age and was to soon begin his reign as the last High King of Ireland.


Brian Boru proceeded to battle with lesser kings in Ireland resulting in him ruling the whole of Munster; he then went on to conquer Leinster. Brian met with Mael Sechnaill II, the current High King of Ireland at the time, in 997-998 and between them they divided Ireland – Brian King of the North, and Mael Sechnaill the King of the South.


In 1002, Mael Sechnaill II recognized Brian Boru as King of Ireland after he defeated the King of Dublin and the Norse Settlers, a feat that was almost impossible for any king to do. Mael knew that Boru was seen as a hero in his people’s eyes - he had brought Ireland back from its knees after the invasion of the Vikings, and he knew he was no competition to Brian Boru.

The Reign of Brian Boru as High King of Ireland began. The origin of this name ( ‘Brian of the Tributes’) came from the tributes he was given from minor rulers throughout Ireland and how he used these tributes (mostly money) to restore important structures such as monasteries and libraries which were ruined during the Viking Invasion, he even sent overseas for lost artifacts and books.


The Battle of Clontarf, Dublin in 1014 proved to be an important era in Brian Boru’s reign. Once again the Vikings from Dublin started war with Brian Boru in Clontarf, along with the King of Leinster. Victory was Brian’s, however, it was to be short lived for him. As the enemy retreated at the Battle of Clontarf, one of the leaders, Bothair, came forward and murdered him. Boru was said to be around 90 years old when he died in the battle.
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Celtic Thunder

Sep 26, 2015


Be the Spookiest Celtic Thunder Fan Out there!

Check out the New Halloween Arrivals at the Celtic Thunder Store! All Halloween Items available until 10/17, so be sure to order now before they are gone! Choose from our brand new Celtic Thunder Halloween T-Shirts, Mugs, Tea Towels, and Fridge Magnets HERE.

Did you know that Halloween first started in Ireland?

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year; the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.

The Celts believed during this time of transition the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life. On the night before the new year (October 31) the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, one mile east of Athboy, Co. Meath. The Druids felt that this world and the other world were closest at Tlachtga. It was here on the festival of Samhain that the sacred fire was kindled. It was custom of the Druids to assemble on Tlachtga on the eve of Samhain and that a fire was lit on which offerings were made. All the fires in Ireland were quenched on this night and the men of Ireland were forbidden to relight them except from the fire of Tlachtga.

The lighting of the scared fire was a solemn and weird ritual. This was the first day of winter and death was very close. The spirits of the dead returned and appeared to men. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.

From this ancient festival the roots of modern day Halloween were sown.

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Celtic Thunder

Sep 25, 2015


Celtic Thunder will return to the US on Oct. 1, 2015 for their first-ever festival engagement at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota at 7:30pm. Fans will be delighted to welcome back former Celtic Thunder members Paul Byrom, Emmet Cahill and Damian McGinty for these two very special evenings. Paul, Emmet and Damian will be featured as guest artists and will be performing alongside current CT cast members Ryan Kelly, Colm Keegan and Neil Byrne.

Norsk Høstfest is North America's largest Scandinavian festival which runs Sept. 29th - Oct. 3th. The 38th annual Norsk Høstfest kicks off Tuesday evening, Sept. 29th, with a 7 p.m. opening ceremony followed by the Høstfest Eve Concert. Headline acts are scheduled to appear in The Great Hall of the Vikings over five nights and four days including Celtic Thunder.

"We like to think we're offering something for everyone," said Norsk Høstfest President David Reiten. “From returning favorites like comedian Jeff Foxworthy, to new names such as the dynamic Irish-group, Celtic Thunder and country-rock sibling trio, The Band Perry.”

Norsk Høstfest Festival General Admission included with any Concert ticket, and tickets can be purchased HERE.

Norsk Høstfest is a nonprofit Scandinavian Festival held annually in the fall in the N.D. State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. The festival, now entering into its 38th year, has grown into North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world.

The festival features world-class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, plus a fine dining establishment lead by guest chefs.

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Celtic Thunder

Sep 25, 2015


Celtic Thunder will return to the US in October 2015, and will be performing at the WinStar World Resort and Casino on October 3rd. Tickets for this show may be purchase HERE or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000. Click HERE for seating chart.


WinStar World Casino Resort is Oklahoma’s largest casino featuring over 500,000 square feet of gaming floor filled with non-stop entertainment. Eight city-themed gaming plazas feature over 7,400 electronic games, 96 tables, off-track betting, and Bingo and high stakes. You’ll also find a diverse menu of dining options throughout the casino including Toby Keith?s 'I Love This Bar and Grill', 'Red River Grill' and 'Panda Express'.

The WinStar Global Event Center has been home to many big name entertainers such as Lionel Richie, Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum. Other premier facilities at the WinStar include the 12-story casino hotel, D.A. Weibring golf course, organic Spa Habitat and unique shopping boutiques.

WinStar World Casino and Resort is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation. The net income from WinStar and all other Chickasaw Nation businesses help provide essential services such as health care, education, transportation, aging, youth and family to the people of Chickasaw.

Due to State and Federal Gaming Regulations, you must be at least 18 years old to enjoy any of the casino games. If you do not meet the minimum required age, you are still able to enjoy any of the amazing restaurants and our Global Event Center, if accompanied by an adult.

The WindStar makes a great week-end getaway of shopping, dining, pool and spa retreats and a round of golf or two for the entire family. Call to make your reservation at 866-946-7787.

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Celtic Thunder

Sep 20, 2015


We are delighted to announce that Celtic Thunder will be hosting a VIP Artist Event after the show at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK on October 3rd! The VIP Artist Event will take place approximately 15 minutes after the final curtain.

The VIP Artist Event will offer attendees the opportunity have their photo taken with 3 Celtic Thunder Principals PLUS receive special memento of the show to take home! Guests are also encouraged to take candid photos during the event. Please note that the posed photos will be taken with the attendee's camera so be sure to bring your camera along!

Celtic Thunder Official Fan Club Members will be able to purchase their passes BEFORE they go on sale to the general public. Fan Club members can purchase a Pass for themselves and up to 3 guests for the event. Platinum and Gold Members will receive a discount on their personal pass for the VIP Artist Event (additional guest passes are charged at full price).

Celtic Thunder Fan Club Members will need to make sure they are logged into the Celtic Thunder Website to activate the link. Remember, it is FREE to join Celtic Thunder’s Official Fan Club at the Green Membership Level! To join the Fan Club today and start availing of member perks. For more information on the Official Celtic Thunder Fan Club including a full list of the different membership level benefits click HERE

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Celtic Thunder

Sep 19, 2015

The Celtic Times for September 2015 is complete and online for your viewing pleasure. For the best possible viewing experience, please clear your Internet Browser and click here.

If you would like to receive updates on Celtic Thunder Touring, New Arrivals and Promotions from Celtic Thunder Merchandising and the History, Lifestyle & Culture in Ireland, you can sign-up on Celtic Thunder Official Website here

Be sure to check out the new arrivals for Halloween! Choose from our brand new Celtic Thunder Halloween T-Shirts, Mugs, Tea Towels, and Fridge Magnets in various Halloween Designs! Check out all the NEW Celtic Thunder Online Store Items here.

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Celtic Thunder

Sep 07, 2015


The island of Ireland is home to multitude of stunningly beautiful beaches along its 5,000km of coastline. There's uncrowded beaches for walking or swimming, enchanted beaches for dreaming, beaches for surfing, sandcastle building, rock pooling, kayaking, sunbathing and outdoor adventure – Ireland has it all.

But which one do you head for amid the amazing choice? Here's a quick guide on where to set up beach camp…

Trip Advisor’s readers' favorite Irish beaches are a great place to start, and Inchydoney in Clonakilty, County Cork, has topped its Readers' Choice Awards for two years in a row.

Inchydoney is blue flag peach of a beach with vast expanses of sand, dunes and excellent surfing conditions. At low tide the water can be almost 200 meters from the dunes. This beach prompted one reader to comment: “to walk along the beach in the warm Irish sunshine isn’t far short of wonderful.”

Four of the Trip Advisor Reader's Choice Top 10 Irish Beaches are in County Kerry, known as 'The Kingdom' to locals and travellers alike. The glorious, beautiful and unspoiled sandy stretches in the Kingdom include Derrynane, Inch Beach, Rossbeigh Beach and Banna Strand – all wonderful destinations in themselves, or amazing detours along the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

In the west of Ireland the advantage of Lahinch Beach in County Clare is not just the golden sands, but also the proximity of other Wild Atlantic Way attractions like the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
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Celtic Thunder

Aug 28, 2015


The Celts were not the first inhabitants of Ireland. At the end of the Ice Age, as the climate became warmer in about 6,000 B.C., early immigrants probably crossed the narrow sea from Scotland to the Antrim coast and gradually moved further south.

The term Celtic denotes a group of Indo-European languages. But we transferred the name to the people who spoke these languages. Before 500 B.C. the Celts had come to be known in an area comprising Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Bohemia. They spread over much of France and part of northern Italy in the sixth century before Christ, invaded northern Spain in the fifth century, sacking Rome at the end of the fourth century and getting a footing in Greece and Asia Minor in the third century. The Greeks called them Keltoi and the Romans Galli.

The Celts were not the first inhabitants of Ireland. At the end of the Ice Age, as the climate became warmer about 6,000 B.C., early immigrants probably crossed the narrow sea from Scotland to the Antrim coast and gradually moved further south. They lived a primitive existence by hunting in the forests and streams and lakes. Next came the first farmers who used stone implements for felling trees and preparing the soil for grain, they also kept large quantities of cattle, sheep and pigs. Perhaps by 2,000 B.C. a new group of settlers had arrived, metalworkers in search of gold and copper, who fashioned the artistic ornaments now in the National Museum in Dublin, the greatest collection of prehistoric gold objects in Western Europe. These were the dominant people in Ireland in the late Bronze Age when the Celts arrived.

The Celts had the advantage of having weapons made of iron. They seem to have moved into Ireland in two waves, one directly from the continent into the west of the country and the other through Britain into northeast Ireland. They may have begun to arrive as early as 500 B.C. and they were well established a century before Christ.

With their arrival a new era had begun in Ireland. The Picts in the north and other pre-Celtic peoples were overthrown. No doubt they still formed a strong element in the population but they became a part of the Celtic language and culture. The Celts dominated Ireland for nearly a thousand years.
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Celtic Thunder

Aug 24, 2015

Save 15% on Celtic Thunder Its Entertainment

Celtic Thunder “ It’s Entertainment " takes you on a stylish and high energy trip through the greatest songs of the last 30 years, in true Celtic Thunder fashion the show is set on a Big Elaborate Stage and covers a wide variety of styles, singers and songs, set in the era of Big Bands, Boulevards, Top Hats and Tails, Singing and Dancing “ in the rain “ the Celtic Thunder crew are joined be some extremely talented guest artists.

This highly entertaining, high energy show features George singing Life With You, and Ryan with a dance crew performing Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Keith in period costume performs a Surfer Medley and Damian performs Standing on The Corner, Paul Byrom’s Doo Wacka Doo is a real show stopper. Neil joins Keith and Ryan in a haunting, close harmony version of Hallelujha followed by a soulful solo of the Disney Classic When You Wish Upon A Star. The Show is rounded off with some big ensemble numbers including Amazing Grace, and U2s Still Haven’t Found What I,m Looking For.

Bonus Feature (DVD only) Enjoy a Celtic Thunder grand tour of the famous Castle Leslie and an interview with owner Jack Leslie.

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