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The X Factor Live Show Dublin 2014

IMG_3441It was my birthday on Monday and I’d won two tickets for the X Factor Live show at the O2 Dublin from RTE. We were staying in The Gibson Hotel (which I loved and will tell you all about in another post). It turned out the X Factor contestants were also staying at The Gibson so there were a lot of fans waiting outside for most of the day.

IMG_3806We enjoyed the show. Luke was excellent and he was a highlight for us. There was a 25 minute interval which was quite a long time but I suppose the O2 wanted to sell as much of the €5 buckets of candyfloss as they could! Sam Bailey didn’t come out until the second half of the show. They were all great singers and along with the lights and pyrotechnics it was a great show.

IMG_4390All was good until we got back to the hotel. We got to meet Abi and she had her photo taken with Lucy and Jono, the others just walked by and most of them didn’t look at the fans. Although they were surrounded by security. Luke came out of the lift and I asked him if I could take a photo of him with Lucy, he said yes but by the time he got to the area where they were having their aftershow party he was pushed in by the security men and one of them grabbed my arm and told me off! Madness! I tried to explain that Luke had said he would pose for a photo but they weren’t having any of it. I think it was well out-of-order that this person grabbed me and he bruised my arm. There was no need for it whatsoever. It did take the fun out of the night for us.

We’ve often met celebrities in The Gibson but have never had to deal with security like that. There will be other posts about our trip to Dublin later. The rest of my X Factor show photos are here. The rest of my photos from the show are here there aren’t many as we were too far away.


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If you only see one show this year…..


DSCF7388Make it the wonderful Jesus Christ Superstar performed by the Fun Company Sligo. Due to popular demand, following sell out shows in August it returns to the Hawk’s Theatre, Sligo on Tuesday 4th and runs until Saturday 8th.

IMG_3243I can’t wait to go back again and see it. You can book tickets here.

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Divas for DVAS

1470085_774018635958309_666749653_nAt the end of November I went along to Divas for DVAS at The Model, Sligo. It was a brilliant night in aid of the Domestic Advocacy Service, North West. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling very well on the night and my photos reflect this as I’m not happy with them but I want to do a blog post to highlight the wonderful work DVAS do and hopefully raise some awareness.

Karen Spellman was DJ for the evening and she did a brilliant job, if I wasn’t sniffing and coughing I’m sure I’d have been dancing.

1456625_774019339291572_1326365168_nKate Winter was the hostess for the evening and she was brilliant. Very funny and entertaining and she reminds me of a young Kylie Minogue (I’m not jealous at all!!)

The musical line up was brilliant. This year’s divas included Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy.  Claudia Schwab, who can yodel and play the fiddle at the same time and who has a Fund It campaign for her album running at the moment.

1452476_774018832624956_1527662644_nMargo Barrow (pictured above). YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson and Mark Conway.

1477415_774019495958223_782434157_nCathy Jordan was there along with her fabulously talented nieces. There is so much talent in one family. They did a brilliant version of Royals by Lorde accompanied by Cathy playing the bodhrán. Cathy said every pop song should feature a bodhrán…I think she’s right 😉

Sarah Middleton’s Beat It Dance School did a brilliant flashmob in the interval.

All in all it was a brilliant night. Well done to everyone who took part. I hope DVAS got some much-needed funding. I was shocked to hear that people who are in abusive relationships don’t get any help with rent or accommodation if they have their name on a mortgage but have to move out of home due to domestic problems. DVAS now have two safe houses in Sligo which have 100% occupancy most of the time. Well done to them for all their hard work.

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Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds – the final arena tour

Jason Donovan

Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.  It’s a real shame it’s the last tour. I’ve been to see three different tours and loved each one (apart from Marti Pellow’s performance last year, as I thought he was rubbish). I’m not sure what to think about Brian McFadden, after hearing Gary Barlow singing that part on the album it’s a shame it’s not going to be him. Of course there are always people who think the part only belongs to Justin Hayward and after seeing Marti murder it I’m inclined to agree but I’m hoping to go to the Dublin show next year and see what I think.


The show will again feature Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.

Liam Neeson’s 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.


The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine. There are still some cast members to be announced so I’m interested to know who they will be.

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Divas 4 DVAS

The Model

The Model presents

Divas 4 DVAS feat guest appearance with Nina Hynes

November 23rd @ 8pm

Tickets €20

For booking and information: 071 – 914 1405 /

I’m really looking forward to this event, we are so lucky to have such talented people coming to Sligo to perform and this one is for a wonderful cause so please support, don’t just wait for me to blog about how wonderful it was 😉

This November The Model is delighted to be hosting the now annual ‘Divas for DVAS’, a night celebrating women with all proceeds going towards the safe house project by DVAS. DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy Service) is a local service, protecting women affected by domestic violence throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.

The support for this annual event has once again been astounding – both DVAS and The Model would like to sincerely thank all performers for agreeing to play for free in support of the charity.

Aileen Concannon

Divas for DVAS’ features an all star line up with some of Ireland’s (and predominantly hailing from Sligo) most versatile female talents. Our ‘divas’ this year include Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy, Claudia Schwab, Margo Barrow, YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson of Big Papa Blues Band and Mark Conway of (Now retired) Grizzly Dippers. we’re delighted to welcome back Cathy Jordan who generously supported the event last year. This year Cathy will perform – for the first time – together with niece Síofra Jordan, who has also been taking Sligo’s music scene by storm with Blind Fox and the re-formed Wagamuffins (Ex Ragamuffins). Cork based singer songwriter Foxglove who recently wowed audiences at her performance on the acoustic stage at The Model during Sligo Live will make the journey back to Sligo and we will round off the evening with a guest appearance by Berlin based Irish singer -songwriter Nina Hynes.

Cathy Jordan

Nina released her debut album, Staros, to huge critical acclaim in 1999 and has since released a further 2 albums and number of EP’s on her own record label Transplant Records. Nina has appeared on Other Voices, No Disco and The View, has toured internationally and has also supported Roxy Music, Stereolab, Damien Rice and The Frames. She most recently took part in a series of Trailblaze events during Dublin Fringe Festival where she performed with a choir of 101 children to incredible effect.

The vibe will be set by the tunes of Indie DJ Karen Spellman and visuals by Nigel Gallagher in The Model Atrium so come early!

Join us for an excellent evening of entertainment in aid of a very worthy charity.

For more information about the excellent and much needed service which DVAS provide, please see