LEGACY VOLUME 2 IS OUT NOW!
LEGACY, VOLUME TWO is set for release TODAY August 12th 2016, and you can order your copy now! Be the FIRST Celtic Thunder fans to receive the latest LEGACY release, ahead of our 75 City North American Tour that begins in just 7 DAYS!
Legacy, Volume Two is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the chart-topping Legacy, Volume One, released in February of this year. Volume Two picks up from where Volume One left off and features all new recordings of Celtic Thunder’s best-loved hits and fan favorites in an exciting collection of performances and song from Celtic Thunder.
CELTIC THUNDER MERCHANDISE STORE
Why not get in ahead of the crowd and purchase a select number of Celtic Thunder Legacy Tour Merchandise items now! For the past 6 months the Merchandise Department at Celtic Thunder has been hard at work designing and manufacturing all new and exciting Tour Merchandise for LEGACY. We are delighted to unveil some of the Merchandise destined for the Legacy Tour ahead of time and make them available to purchase today.
We carry over a hundred different Merch items with us on Tour and thousands more at the Celtic Thunder Online Store. Check out some of our new collection below.
CELTIC THUNDER CALENDAR 2016/17
- On Sale Now!
This stylish 16-Month official calendar will help you stay on schedule! With a date range from September 2016 to December 2017 you can make sure you don’t forget any important birthdays or events!
Save now on the Celtic Thunder Calendar! The Celtic Thunder Merchandise Team is delighted to offer the Brand New Celtic Thunder Calendar has been reduced from the regular price of $20.00 to $15.99, from now until 8/31/2016. So be sure to grab your Celtic Thunder Calendar NOW while supplies last.
'IRISH ON TOUR' TEE
- BRAND NEW AND READY TO SHIP
Embrace the fun side of the Irish and join in the hooley with our new Irish On Tour T-Shirt! A great gift item for everyone that is Irish at heart.
The 'Irish on Tour' Tee-Shirt may be tongue in cheek, but the quality is serious! This luxuriously soft 100% pre-shrunk cotton tee is available in sizes SM - 4XL.
CELTIC THUNDER MATTE PHOTO PACK
- All new for 2016
Gorgeous new photos of Celtic Thunder Legacy Performers that include wonderful photos of Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill and newbie Michael O’Dwyer, along with Special Guest Artist Damian McGinty. Made from high quality 8 x 10 matte finish and a screen print signature of each Celtic Thunder Legacy Performer, the Celtic Thunder Photos may be placed in your favorite decorative frame that makes an excellent wall or mantel decor. A brilliant gift item for loved ones or collector’s item for the avid Celtic Thunder Fan!
CELTIC THUNDER LEGACY TOUR TICKETS
The Celtic Thunder Legacy Tour of the US and Canada starts in just 7 days! Have you got your tickets yet??
On August 19th we will bring our brand new show Legacy on the road. Starting in Red Bank NJ, we will travel coast to coast with LEGACY, performing for our North American fans in 75 different cities, 36 States and 5 Canadian Provinces and we can’t wait! If you have not already purchased tickets to see LEGACY live when it comes to your town, you still have time.
CELTIC THUNDER TOUR MERCHANDISE BOOTH
As you know we are in the final stages of prepping for our upcoming North American Tour (kicks off in Red Bank, NJ on August 19th), the Cast and Band of Celtic Thunder are hard at work rehearsing, while our Crew is finalizing last minute touches from Travel & Shipping Logistics, Stage Design, Lighting, Sound and Equipment to Merchandise.
There are so many moving parts to consider when planning a 4-Month tour and not least of them is the Tour Merchandise. From conception through design, manufacture to shipping and delivery, the Tour Merchandise process begins approximately 6 months before the tour even begins. As with every tour Celtic Thunder undertakes, we try to bring new, attractive and exciting Merch to our Fans.
GETTING READY FOR THE TOUR!
The Legacy Tour is just about here and tour preparations are well underway! Sharon, David, Ryan, Emmet, Neil, Damian and Michael, along with the Celtic Thunder band, and our amazing choreographer Belinda are hard at work rehearsing, fine tuning, tweaking and preparing the show to make sure we bring you, your friends and your family an unforgettable evening of entertainment.
CELTIC THUNDER EVENT PASSES
Ever wonder what happens before or after a Celtic Thunder Show? Well now's your chance to find out!!!
Why not make your Celtic Thunder show experience even more amazing and attend a Sound Check Party before the concert or meet some of the cast after the show at the VIP Artist Event? CT Fans can now purchase passes for both events on the Celtic Thunder Website TOUR PAGE. If you are a Celtic Thunder Fan Club Member, please be sure to LOG IN to your Celtic Thunder Website Profile.
LEGACY AIRS ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
Celtic Thunder’s new show Legacy will air on Public Television Stations across the US and Canada during the August and September Pledge Drive and stations will be offering viewers the opportunity to pledge for copies of Legacy Volumes I and II on CD and DVD.
Marian Keller from Washington DC & Karen Casey Jones from London, ON recently won a pair of VIP tickets to see Celtic Thunder this fall and you could be next!
This month’s prize includes a pair of tickets to a Celtic Thunder show, 2 Passes for the Post Show VIP Event to meet some of the guys and a signed copy of the LEGACY show program, and LEGACY Volume 2 on CD and DVD.
CELTIC THUNDER 'LEGACY' COMPETITION
We continued our Facebook competition into July and asked you to find the Celtic Thunder LEGACY show closest to you this Fall and share it on your Facebook Page. And you did!
We are delighted to announce that the winner of a pair of VIP tickets is Canadian fan Karen Casey James. Congratulations Karen - you will be attending the Celtic Thunder LEGACY show at London ON on Sunday September 4th and will also meet some of the Celtic Thunder members after the show at our VIP Event!
FUN IN OZ
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…is an adage that we take very seriously at Celtic Thunder, so with this in mind we made the most of a day off while on our Australia Legacy Tour!
We visited the amazing Lone Pine Sanctuary, which is about 8 or so miles south of Brisbane in Queensland. It’s home to about 130 koalas, plus many other Aussie critters. The koalas are undeniably cute! It’s also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 85 years of experience.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH - BARRY KERR
Barry Kerr hails from County Armagh in Northern Ireland and currently lives in Belfast (when he is not on tour). Barry is recognized as one of Ireland’s most accomplished traditional musicians. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output.
Having recorded his first solo album at age seventeen, he has gone on to tour the world as both a solo performer and in the company of artists such as Cara Dillon, Phil Coulter, Dan Tyminskii, Lumiere, Dervish, At First Light…the list goes on. His songs and compositions have been recorded by the likes of Karan Casey, Flook, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane and Kate Rusby.
AUTHENTIC IRISH RECIPES
A mild climate, extensive pastureland and a pride in animal husbandry produce excellent beef, lamb, pork and poultry. You will also encounter a living baking tradition, the fruits of which you can enjoy at afternoon tea in numerous home bakeries, cafés and teashops.
The style of food obviously varies greatly in Irish restaurants, but what they all have in common is the warmth and individuality that has always been at the heart of Irish hospitality—and, no matter how diverse the courses, their basic building blocks are the excellent raw materials for which Ireland has a wonderful reputation.
Ireland’s famous pastures make for a wide range of fabulous products, notably beef and lamb, while its rivers and seas provide an abundance of fresh fish and seafood. Local produce is a point of pride in the best kitchens everywhere, and a growing interest in specialist production is reflected in the availability of products like hand-smoked fish and meats, baked goods and preserves, plus a wide range of organic vegetables and fruit, many of which are sold at local farmers markets.
The final cog in the Irish culinary wheel can be seen at some of the stunning luxury hotels across the island. These wonderful properties are only too aware that along with beautiful lodgings, they must provide outstanding cuisine to match. The Merchant and the Culloden in Belfast and the Dylan in Dublin, for example, have invested in chefs with years of international expertise, and they are reaping the rewards of providing the “total hotel package.” Their kitchens, like many others throughout the island, have taken Ireland’s homegrown ingredients and flavors, sprinkled in a dash of the exotic, and now offer a dining experience to rival anywhere in the world.
This month’s Celtic Times brings you recipes from award winning Irish Chefs, which draw on the wealth of amazing ingredients that the island of Ireland has to offer.
TOP 10 VIEWS ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
With jaw-dropping vistas around every bend, a trip along the 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way – one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal touring routes – is an unforgettable experience. From north to south here are some of the picture-perfect views not to be missed.
LOUGH FOYLE FERRY
The Lough Foyle Ferry between Magilligan Point on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland and Greencastle on the Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland began full service on Saturday, July 9th under the new management of Frazer Ferries. The first sailing leaves Greencastle at 7am Mon-Sat and 9am on Sunday, running until the last sailing from Magilligan at 9.45pm with departures approximately every 40 minutes.
A PRACICAL GUIDE TO VACATIONING IN IRELAND
Tourism Ireland has made a short video that gives practical information about the island of Ireland. The video covers information from what to pack for your trip to what sort of plug converter is needed.
This video tells a potential visitor to Ireland everything they need to know. It outlines both international and regional airports, as well as ferry services. The video also outlines the currency, language, weather and electricity specifics of the island.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S IRISH ROOTS
Sure, he was Born in the USA – but The Boss has roots that extend all the way back to Ireland.
Before the Springsteens, Ireland had the Gerritys. Christy Gerrity was something of a hell-raiser as a young man – and he was the great-great-great-grandfather of none other than The Boss himself.
Arrested and imprisoned in 1823 under the Insurrection Act – which targeted those protesting the social injustice of excessive tithes, rent payments and related evictions – Christy finally settled down in 1827. After marrying Catherine Kelly, the pair went on to have no fewer than eight children.
Medieval streets with a modern vibe, Michelin-starred restaurants along the finest food trails, sporting legends, a superb arts and crafts scene and wall-to-wall history and heritage – it can only be Kilkenny.
Situated in Ireland’s enchanting Ancient East and regarded as the heritage capital of Ireland, the compact city of Kilkenny is a must-do destination for an Ireland getaway. Central to the experience is a walk along the Medieval Mile in the heart of the city.
Beginning at Kilkenny Castle, a Norman bastion boasting majestic halls and extensive parklands, the ‘mile’ takes in many historic buildings, winds through lanes, alleyways and cobbled streets and resounds with the stories of life played out over hundreds of years.
ROSE OF TRALEE FESTIVAL 2016
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.
WEXFORD OPERA FESTIVAL
History of the Festival
When Compton Mackenzie, the renowned novelist and founder of Gramophone magazine, suggested to Tom Walsh that he stage an opera in Wexford, few could have imagined where the idea would lead. But since the first ‘Festival of Music and the Arts’ took place in October 1951, Wexford Festival Opera has grown into one of the world’s leading opera festivals.
IRISH HISTORY - IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
When you explore Ireland’s Ancient East, you wander through 5,000 years of history. In these lush, green lands, tales of feuding dynasties hide behind crumbling Gothic architecture; ghostly tombs predate the pyramids; and knights, kings, monks and Vikings loom large in incredible stories.
This is 5,000 years of history. This is Ireland’s Ancient East.
PLACE TO EAT - TODDIES AT THE BULMAN
Sitting just 10 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, The Bulman Bar and Toddies Restaurant is located in the peaceful hamlet of Summercove, nestled at the bottom of the hill from Charles Fort, which is steeped in history.
Pearse O'Sullivan leads the kitchen and serves a bar menu all day and an a la carte menu 6 evenings of the week. Pearse, who comes from a long line of restaurateurs, is passionate about his cooking. His specialties are fresh local lobster, freshly cracked crab claws or crabmeat, and an oyster menu. Non fish eaters are also looked after with a 10 oz. Munster steak with a choice of homemade peppercorn sauce or garlic butter, Toonsbridge buffalo mozzarella Caprese salad, to name but a few.
PLACE TO STAY - MOUNT JULIET
Mount Juliet is a luxury hotel based 20 minutes from Kilkenny City and just over an hour from Dublin. It is steeped in heritage and has an internationally renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a spa, river and lake fishing, woodland walks and horse riding.
PLACE TO VISIT - COUNTY CORK
Autumn's crisp air and lively colors are always inspirational in Ireland and it is a great time of year to embrace the great outdoors by day and the cooler evenings in the comfort of a warm fireside. As the days get shorter, there's nowhere better than County Cork to experience an Irish autumn. With a spectacular coastline, delicious food, Irish-speaking island communities and one delightful treat after another, this area of Ireland takes in everything you need, including the vibrant culture of Cork city.
IRELAND AT THE EUROS
Football fans from Ireland – supporting both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – won the hearts of many while touring around France during Euro 2016. Now the tournament is over and both teams are home, but their goodwill and sportsmanship lives on!
Here is a letter written by a French Supporter to the Irish Fans:
Grey brick upon brick,
On somber pedestals -
O'Connell, Grattan, Moore -
And the brewery tugs and the swans
On the balustrade stream
And the bare bones of a fanlight
Over a hungry door