Ballyboughal, Fingal North Co Dublin. Est Feb '08

August 22, 2017
by Admin

The Promise – The Musical, Swords Castle 2017

the promise musical, swords castle 2017


The new Irish musical The Promise which opened the Swords Summer Festival last month in the magnificent setting of Swords Castle received a tremendous response reports Catherine Fox, it’s Promotions Manager

The now splendidly restored Swords Castle, played to a packed house who were enthralled by the superb music and high drama as The Promise musical drama graced the stage of the temporary theatre within the Castle walls on July 20th last.

The cast of 10 actors/singers accompanied by a six-piece orchestra and supported by a 20 strong choir, rose to the occasion.

The drama and truly inspiring songs kept both the cast and audience engaged as they moved through the drama.

The song ‘Come Men of Erin’’ united the cast and audience against a common enemy. The romance of the musical blossomed as ‘I Promise to love You’ was sung, while ‘Across Blue Waters’ brought to the fore, all of the emotions surrounding emigration, as relevant today as it was then. But is was the song “Lark of Ballyboughal” which brought a tear to the eye of many of the audience who responded to the performance with a prolonged standing ovation.

Writer and composer Paul Redmond says “ We are now on course to take The Promise to a wider national audience and hopefully also onto the international stage, and I am so proud that the story and setting brings Ballyboughal and the region to the fore”

The Promise is set in early 19th century Ireland and takes some of its inspiration from the final battle on the east coast of Ireland of the United Irishmen at Drishoge in North County Dublin in 1798.

the promise musical, swords 2017

July 13, 2017
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The Promise Musical, Swords Castle. Thursday 20 July, 2017

promise musical, swords castle

This in from Catherine Fox who sez:

You may already know Paul Redmond the singer and dramatist who lives in Ballyboughal?  The Promise sold out in a 5 night run at the Helix in 2012 and in March (2017) had a very successful 3 night run at the Atrium Performance space in Fingal Council offices in Swords.

The drama is based on the Battle of Drishogue, so it’s truly local! – and we believe it’s the first true Irish historical musical drama!! – as well as the actor/singers there is a full male/female choir….So a great night out in wonderful Swords Castle next Thursday at 8pm !!

Many thanks!

April 20, 2017
by Admin

Ballyboughal Primrose Walk, Sunday 23 April

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This in from The Ann Lynch

Date and Time: Sunday 23 April at 2.30

  • Meet: OConnors Village Inn Ballyboughal
  • Event:
    One and a half hour Hedgerow Walk in lovely Mainscourt Woods to see primroses, colts foot, violets and lots more
  • Donation: To Cherynobyl Childrens Fund C/o Peter Rooney Oldtown
  • All welcome to Tea at Richardstown Cottage afterwards

Fair play Ann.
And well done Peter.