Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: Ballymore GAA Field Day This Sunday

This weekend Ballymore GAA hosts a Field Day for the whole community to enjoy. The Sunday Field Day is set to celebrate the opening of a new pitch at Ballymore GAA that adds to the already impressive facilities.

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Entry is €5 per car and the official opening takes place at 4pm. The celebrations continue with an 80’s disco at Poulaphouca House at 9pm.

The Field day has many different events. There is an underage GAA blitz for the kids organised by Ballymore which is a chance to showcase the great deal of work being done by Ballymore GAA.

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Ballymore Brass and Reed Band will be on hand to entertain the crowds with their great collection of songs. They are not the only ones providing music with the Ballymore All Ireland Scór Finalists.

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Wheel of fortune will be played giving people the chances to win prizes.

There will also be many different stalls selling a range of different products. Refreshments will also be on in ready supply. There will be many different fun events for families.

The Field Day is not just for GAA people with all these events but further more the community games will play a big part on Sunday. U8 boys and girls 60 metre and 80 metre races, U10 & U12 boys and girls 100 metre and 200 metre races, and Tiny Tots & Mom and Dad races are just some of the athletics on show.

Don’t forget to drop in to visit us in Fogarty’s in the square in Ballymore.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: Fiach Moriarty at Mick Murphy’s

Mick Murphy’s will host Fiach Moriarty for the second time this Monday night. Moriarty is one of the best upcoming Irish Singer/Songwriters doing the rounds. Moriarty played Mick Murphy’s last year and everybody involved was keen to see him come back.

Fiach Moriarty 

Like a lot of the musicians to grace the stage at Mick Murphy’s ,Fiach Moriarty has done the hard slog around Europe playing venues all over. He has also played in North America and Australia. The heavy workload paid off for Fiach and garnered praise from the likes of Paul Brady.

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After his first release “So, I” which was named RTE Radio One Album of the Week,  Moriarty is back with “The Revolution”. It tackles subjects such as the Easter Rising 1916, World War I and the Irish Brigade in the Mexican Army. The album debuted at number 29 in the Irish charts.

Upon the release of his debut record the young Dubliner immediately went on the road with artists of the ilk of Mary Black, Ray Davies (Kinks) and Declan O’Rourke and even appeared as a guest guitarist with Fairground Attraction chanteuse Eddi Reader for her appearance on The Late Late Show.

Moriarty plays Mick Murphy’s Monday the 25 of May, show starts at 9.15pm. Admission is €12.

Don’t forget to drop in and say hello to us in Fogarty’s Quikpick in the square in Ballymore Eustace.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: Mark Geary Live at Mick Murphy’s

After a break of a few weeks live music returns to Mick Murphy’s in Ballymore Eustace. The Kildare venue will host Mark Geary for a night of intimate music. Doors open at 8.30pm and the show starts at 9.15. There are no tickets available so its first come first serve for a spot in Mick Murphy’s.

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Mark Geary comes to Ballymore Eustace on Monday the 18th of May and the Dublin native is sure to deliver a great set. Mark left Dublin in 1992 when he bought a one-way ticket to New York.There he spent years honing his craft in the East Village. He played in the Sin-é Cafe with artists as prestigious as the late Jeff Buckley who counted Geary as one of his friends.

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During his time in New York his song writing skills became well known and he developed a dedicate audience. He is a singer-songwriter in the truest sense and his live shows are something to behold. People often compare him to Van Morrision and John Lennon.

Touring and performing are Mark’s lifeblood and passion, and his finely crafted songs and charismatic storytelling provide his audience with a unique experience on every occasion. Over the last 20 years Mark has toured all over Europe, the US and Australia, and has shared the stage with performers such as The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Joe Strummer.

Fogarty’s in the square in Ballymore Eustace are just around the corner if you’d like to pass the time if you are in the area to see Mark Geary play, don’t hesitate to drop in.


Naas Darkness Into Light on May 9th

This time next week people will be gearing up for the 2015 Darkness Into Light Walk/Run. All over the country people will walk or run 5km through the darkness into day break. This year Nass is the biggest Darkness Into Light close to Ballymore Eustace.

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Nass Darkness Into Light

The Nass Darkness Into Light like the rest of them, gets underway at 4:15am. For all those who walk or run by the time they cross the finish line morning will be just about breaking.

The Nass Darkness Into Light starts at 4.15 am at Nass Racecourse

Pieta House 

The whole purpose of Darkness Into Light is to raise money for Pieta House. Pieta House  is a centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. Not only does the Darkness Into Light raise money for Pieta House but it raises awareness of the work they do and the services they provide to people who need it.

Pieta House opened nine years ago and has gone on to help over 17,000 people suffering from suicidal distress or self harm. Founder and former CEO, Joan Freeman, a practising psychologist, closed down her counselling business and dedicated her time finding out how she could help people who were suicidal – what would be beneficial to them and help them get through their dark time. After three years of research, she opened up Pieta House, which quickly became a respected and recognised service for those who were suicidal. From humble beginnings, Pieta House now has  almost 180 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for their service hasn’t let up. To that end, in 2014 alone, over 5,000 people came through their doors suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.

Everything they do is free of charge and therefore Darkness Into Light is a vital event for Pieta House. You can help out by taking part in the Darkness Into Light event in Nass on May the 9th.

The Darkness Into Light is a magnificent initiative. On the way home from your good deed for the week and your exercise don’t hesitate to drop into Fogarty’s in the square in Ballymore Eustace.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions : Punchestown Racecourse

Punchestown Racecourse is only a ten minute drive from Ballymore Eustace and is a fascinating attraction on our own doorstep. You can see some of the finest horses and the most successful trainers and jockeys at the Punchestown Festival . Punchestown is known as the home of jump racing in Ireland.

The first race recorded at Punchestown Racecourse is as far back as 1824. In 1837 the first Kildare Hunt Cup Steeplechase was held. Over the next few decades Punchestown became a huge attraction and the Prince of Wales even attended a meeting in 1868.

At one stage the Catholic Church forbid priests from attending race meetings. They didn’t listen and this led to what is known as “Priest’s Hill” where they all watched the races relatively hidden.

Now, the Punchestown Festival is the one of the biggest weeks in horse racing and it all kicks off this Tuesday the 28th of April and runs until Saturday.


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Punchestown has become one of the biggest attractions on the  horse racing calender  in Ireland with the five day festival in late April early May each year. The festival attracts over 100,000 punters.

The now five day festival is seen as the grande finale of the jump season with the best trainers, jockeys and most importantly, horses from both Ireland and the UK and indeed further afield.


The festival boasts 12 Grade 1 races, each highly competitive.

Day one, the Tuesday  of the festival features the Champion Chase, a highly prestigious race with former winners such as Moscow Flyer.

Day two, Wednesday features the highlight of the chase calender with the Grade 1, 3 mile Punchestown Gold Cup. One of the most famous races with a roll of honour containing Beef or Salmon, Kicking King and War of Attrition over the years.

Day three, Thursday has the fan favourite Avon Rí La Touche Cross Country race . Known as the “daddy of all cross country races” , the La Touche is the most traditional, prestigious and longest race of its kind. Kilkenny based trainer Enda Bolger has the best record in the race with 11 wins out of the last 12.

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After the excitement of the Cross Country race comes day four and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. The great Hurricane Fly won four in a row from 2010 onwards. Day four is the day to be there, packed to the rafters, people from all walks of life united in an interest in horses.

The closing day of the festival is a family affair with face painting, bouncy castles and pony rides.

Unfortunately AP McCoy has decided to not take part in the festival which many had hoped he would to end his career there.

Admission for U14’s is free and teenagers u18 get in for €12 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday while Thursday is €15 and Friday is €18.

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The festival is a must for any sporting enthusiast but you simply cannot limit the festival to that, there is something for everyone.

There are two stand out locations to eat at the festival. Dobbins Food Hall serves an array of dishes with top quality ingredients. Then there is the La Touche Cafe where you can pick up a quick coffee and snack on the way to inspect the parade ring.


Of course there are many food stands dotted throughout the vast grounds of Punchestown .

For the few days Punchestown has a very lively “nightlife” that just happens to be during the day. There is a buoyant atmosphere in the many enclosures as people discuss their betting fortunes or lack thereof. You can get a pint of Guinness or a glass of champagne, whichever you would fancy.

Weather permitting, Madigan’s Bar is the place to be as it is a sun trap right beside the horse walk. You can enjoy a pint, watch the horses go past and make the quick dash to the betting facilities nearby.

Madigan’s also have a larger bar on the ground floor of the grandstand. There is also Lawlor’s Bar which is on level one of the grandstand. Guinness Festival Bar and The Champagne Bar are two other bars all close to track, parade ring and betting area.

You will find live music after the races in all of these venues and it is all part of the experience of the Punchestown Festival.

If the bars don’t tickle your fancy then there is even a shopping venue. There are a multitude of different stands for you to shop at instead of the gambling. Kids clothing, jewellery, fine art and garden furniture are just some of the products on offer. If you want the shopping and the racing you are in look as the shopping area opens two hours before the first race.

As with all of the big racing festivals, there is a Lady’s Day and subsequent Best Dressed Competition on day four. This year the prize for best dressed lady is provided by Gold Fever. The winner will get Gold Fever products for the year and a trip to South Africa and the safari to the value of €24000. The competition runs over the first few days with a daily winner picked to then contest the overall prize on Lady’s Day.

The closing day of the festival is the family fun day and if your kids have any interest in racing or horses then this is obviously the best day to go. There is a fancy dress parade, a festival art competition, and a draw for a family car. There is a toddlers soft play area, a bouncy castle, an obstacle course, a pet farm, a disco and many more.

Punchestown is a great day out, in fact it is a great few days out if you are  so inclined. We are very nearby in Fogarty’s in the square in Ballymore Eustace. Don’t hesitate to drop by before or after your day of racing.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: Kelley McRae Plays Mick Murphy’s

Mick Murphy’s in Ballymore Eustace has an endless supply of artists who bring  great entertainment to the area. Once again Mick Murphy’s is the place to be this Monday (April 20th ) at 9.15pm.


Kelley McRae 

Kelley McRae is from Mississippi, USA originally but moved to Brooklyn New York where she calls home. Along with her companion Matt Castelstein ,who is also the guitarist, she has toured all over America. They traded in their New York Apartment for a VW Camper Van so they could cover every inch of the states.

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Their music is wide ranging and the shows have a bit of everything. Haunting ballads, love songs and energetic guitar heavy songs are all constants in Kelly McRae’s sets. The harmonising capabilities are immense and that gives the Americana folk an even better sound.

McRae can count esteemed German filmmaker Wim Wenders as one of her fans, Wenders says her songs bring him to tears. That is not McRae’s only link with the movies. McRae’s music has been used in numerous independent films, Army Wives, MTV and ads for American Airlines and Unicef.

McRae’s latest album “Easy On My Mind” was written in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains and recorded in Austin.

McRae and Castlestein embarked on an European Tour in late February and to date they have visited Zurich, Berlin, London, Birmingham and Paris.

The Alternate Root gave McRae a complimentary review of “Easy On My Mind” “If spending hours together riding asphalt is as comfortable as the sound of ‘Easy on My Mind,’ the latest release from Kelley McRae, then hitch a ride in the backseat….the trip will be a good one. The pair swing and sway to the country, rock’n’roll and mountain music gathers in their songs.”

Don’t forget to drop in and say hello to us in Fogarty’s Quikpick Ballymore Eustace.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: John Murry Plays Mick Murphy’s

Mick Murphy’s is once again the spot to be this Monday (March 30th) at 9:15pm as American artist John Murry comes to Ballymore Eustace.

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Murry was born in Mississippi in the US and is related to Nobel Laureate  William Faulkner through adoption. John began singing at age 5 in his church. He moved to Memphis in his teens and he played with a few different bands. Murry then moved to California and concentrated on his solo work. In 2012 he released his first solo work “The Graceless Age” and Mojo, Uncut and The Wall Street Journal were all big fans of the the record. Mojo gave it 9 out of 10 and called it a masterpiece.

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Murry is a recovering heroin addict and he doesn’t shy away from that fact in his beautiful lyrics. His songs express the inner pain he feels and because of that his music can be very dark and therefore not for everyone. The music stops short of being depressing and is more so a truthful bearing of the soul.

Monday night at Mick Murphy’s will the place to witness John Murry and his haunting vocals and evocative music.



Ballymore Eustace is a great place for live music thanks to Mick Murphy’s. If you are around for the event don’t hesitate to drop into us in the square in Ballymore at Fogarty’s.

Dunlavin Solas Autism Unit needs your vote

The Solas Autism Unit in Dulavin is a vital resource to those with Autism in the area. Thanks to “Version 1″, Solas has a chance of receiving €5000 in the form of a grant to help them improve the experience for the kids who utilise Solas.


Solas is attached to the national school in Dunlavin and they cater for twelve boys at the moment. The €5000 would pay for the speech and language therapy of the boys and the occupational therapy too.


Solas has already made a huge difference to the boy’s lives and to their families. The boys love going to school to be with their friends and their teacher who they get on so well with. We often take these things for granted but is no mean feat that these boys are so happy in their environment at Solas.

The school badly needs the funding to allow them add speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to their education of the boys and to give them a more comprehensive service. The implementation of speech and language and occupational therapy are vital at an early stage of development to give them a better quality of life later. The money would be used for assessments initially and then intensive programmes in the areas of speech and language and occupational therapy.

The therapy would allow the boys develop the skills they need to be independent.

How to vote

To vote will only take you a few seconds and it won’t cost you anything. To vote just visit this the Version 1 Facebook Page . There you can watch the evocative video and then vote for Solas and hopefully help them get the €5000.

If you have a special cause don’t hesitate to drop into us in the square in Ballymore Eustace at Fogarty’s . 


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions : Pete Cummins Live at at Mick Murphy’s

Mick Murphy’s never ceases to amaze us with the talented, unique musicians they find to grace the Ballymore Eustace venue. Pete Cummins is the latest act scheduled to wow the audiences in Ballymore and he will be joined by Brian Harris. Cummins plays Mick Murphy’s Monday March 16th, a perfect night out before St. Patrick’s Day.

Pete Cummins

Pete Cummins is formerly of The Fleadh Cowboys and Granny’s Intentions but he comes to Ballymore Eustace Monday night with his new solo album which is his second solo release. “Crooked Highway” is his new release and was mostly recorded at Pete’s home studio. On the record Pete plays all the instruments. Ronan Collins of RTÉ say the record is so good that it is a case of just drop the needle anywhere and enjoy.



Cummins has had a long and esteemed career and  toured with Planxty in the 1970’s.  Later he had success with The Fleadh Cowboys where along with Frankie Lane and Johnny Moynihan they led a country revival in Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s.

Cummins also won a Grammy citation for his work on “Other Voices, Other Rooms” by Nanci Griffith in 1993.

With this new album Cummins has absorbed the lyrical traditions of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. He has settled into a laidback mix of blues and rock which has hints of Neill Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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The album was only released yesterday (Thursday 12th March) so this Monday night is sure to be a special night. If you haven’t heard it on the radio then check out Gypsy Rose here:

Monday is sure to be another great night at Mick Murphy’s. Doors open at 8.30 and tickets are €12. Don’t forget to visit us in the square in Fogarty’s before hand.


Ballymore Eustace Local Attractions: Russborough House Reopens

Russborough House is a fine local attraction as we have covered in the past.

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With the longer evenings comes the reopening of the doors at Russborough House’s Tea Rooms for the season.

The award winning Tea Rooms at Russborough was  re-openend for the 2015 season this morning.

There is a multitude of things to at Russborough House. The main attraction of Russborough House are The Guided Parkland Tours . They are an active way to learn about the history of Russborough and it is outdoors through the demesne so you can see the local flora and fauna . There are many historical landscapes along the walk such as the Japanese Bridge and the Icehouse. There are stunning views along the walk and you can even feed the ducks as you go. These tours are award winning and Russborough has hosted over 1 million guided tours. The internal part of the tours are as breathtaking as the external with some of the finest work in architectural history.


The Russborough Tea Rooms are a great addition to the wonderful estate and offers its patrons a fantastic array of soups, salads and sandwiches not to mention a selection of desserts that are well renowned , all set in a cool chic café that maintains the historical atmosphere of this wonderful place. The Tea Rooms will be open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.


Don’t forget to pay us a visit in the square in Ballymore if you are in the area.