It is time to touch base with you all again.
The summer is passing by so swiftly, the beautiful sunny days were a blessing.
Here is Castleblayney we had our Annual Mucho Mania Festival which was a wonderful weekend, things to do and see for everyone from young to not so young.
On the 6th August we had the Castleblayney Show which is held each year and was a huge success. Ciaran Rosney, Keelan and myself opened the show, over the years myself and Big Tom were there to open it, I missed him and Rose this year.
The next event here will be the unveiling of the Big Tom Statue on Sunday September 23rd at 3.00 p.m.and although it will be a wonderful event it will be a sad day for me and indeed the family and friends. I have imagined this day for many years as I always
believed Tom deserved this honour, however I was so sure Tom and Rose would be standing beside me on that day and I am heartbroken that they are both gone.
Tom and Rose were so honoured about the Statue, that it is fitting it goes ahead and will be there forever in memory of a wonderful man the King Of Country Music, my friend Big Tom.
I am doing a few guest spots over the coming months one in Treacy’s West County Hotel Ennis, Co. Clare with Trudi Lalor on the 2nd October and two nights in the Clayton Hotel, Galway for the Michael Commins Sessions on the 4th and 5th November.
I look forward to November 24th where I am guest of honour at the Donegal Association Dinner in London. I know it will be a lovely night and that I will meet many people that I haven’t seen for many years.
I am so happy that young Keelan is doing so well and his song “When Big Tom McBride Sang Gentle Mother” (written by myself and Joe McShane) has been so successful. Keelin sings with so much feeling and I wish him all the luck in the world as he deserves it.
Keelin will be there at the unveiling of the Statue and will sing his tribute song to Big Tom, it will be a special day for Keelin as it will be his 18th birthday.
Until the next time stay safe and well and be kind to each other