10 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A play written by popular Clones author and playwright Pat McCabe, which is to be screened by RTE-I TV on Thursday next 16th January at 10.15 p.m. should prove a huge national and international boost, for the annual Monaghan town Country Music Festival, which was launched very successfully last year and drew large crowds to the town.

Titled “Play Next Door”, the production highlights the Monaghan country music event, giving it national significance and features a number of intrinsic insights to the country music scene with interviews featuring Ireland’s unrivalled “king of country music” Big Tom McBride from Oram, near Castleblayney.

The production was filmed by an independent television company and acquired for screening by RTE.
According to the production company, Independent TV Productions, the presentation should prove hugely entertaining and highlight the Co. Monaghan Country Music Festival, which, it was accepted, has filled a great niche for country music fans all over Ireland.

The festival was launched by an enterprising local committee in Monaghan town, headed by popular North Monaghan lawyer Mr. George Wright.

The committee PRO, former Monaghan county and town councilor Mr. Willie McKenna of Monaghan Property Sales, said yesterday: “This play by Pat McCabe should attract a lot of interest and we are delighted to see the focus on our festival which has established itself as a major attraction for Irish country music fans, not only here in Ireland, but overseas, with many hoping to attend this year’s second annual event next July”.

It was well recognized, even outside Co. Monaghan, that the festival had provided a great contribution for the arts, in relation to the presentation and promotion of Irish country music, he said.

He revealed that a huge line-up of top country stars will be appearing at this year’s festival, which will run from Thursday 17th July, until Sunday 20th July.

“Once again, we hope to attract huge crowds to Monaghan for the weekend, and next Thursday’s programme on RTE should be well worth watching” added Mr. McKenna.

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