A new show is born!!!

A new show is born!!!

I was telling you here last April of plans to bring a brand new musical to stage – On a Wing and a Prayer, the story of the remarkable Monsignor James Horan, the man who brought the Pope to Ireland and built an international airport near Knock.

Well, a week ago, it came to pass: a cast of 125 talented volunteers took to the stage to present a sparkling new show scripted by myself and Tommy Marren of Mid West Radio.

It packed the Royal Theatre in Castlebar for three nights, despite adverse weather conditions, and is booked for another three nights in January, with requests to bring the show around Ireland and overseas.

So a  great big THANK YOU to all who made this dream possible. You have all been truly amazing. You have shown what Mayo and the West can do…to Cynthia Clampett, CEO Mayo Roscommon Hospice, for believing in the Show and picking up a huge challenge, to Tommy Marren for getting so deeply involved on many levels and doing it all like the real pro he is, to Lavinia Slater Gilmartin for yet again working her magic and wowing the audiences.

To the wonderful talent in the region, actors, singers, dancers, set designers, wardrobe, sound and lighting engineers, songwriters, back stage crew. To all the media, local and national, Jim Fahy and Michael Murphy of RTE, to Dana for her guest appearance on the Thursday night, to Liam Lyons photographer Westport for the portrait photo of Monsignor Horan, also to Ballina Office Supplies and Barry Williams for their help in that project.

To everyone at home and overseas who have made contact and have been so positive and encouraging. Space does not permit here to mention everyone by name, but that does not mean your role was any the less important (see full list of cast etc on this site)- To everyone, again, THANK YOU.  You were wonderful, you did succeed, you did win!  Up the West!!!

*** On a Wing and a Prayer BREAKING NEWS: Back by popular demand- The Musical On A Wing and A Prayer Show is to be performed again at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on THURSDAY JANUARY 20TH, FRIDAY JANUARY 21ST AND SATURDAY JANUARY 22ND at 8pm nightly. Again, proceeds in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice. An ideal opportunity to buy a CHRISTMAS PRESENT for parents, grandparents, relations, or yourself!!!

 See www.wingandprayermusical.com and Facebook page for more details.

 For a very good review of the show read Paul Healy’s report in the Roscommon People, isse Dec 3, 2010. See also local print media, The Western People, Mayo News, Connaught Telegraph, Mayo Advertiser,  and Mid West Radio archives.ESENT for parents, grandparents, relations, friends. More details shortly! Spread the word !

Take care


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