Blaze Away! The Incredible Story of Josef Locke

May 15, 2013

Coming to Draiocht on 15 June 2013, 8pm ... Blaze Away! The Incredible Story of Josef Locke
Tickets: €20/€17 or €15 for Groups

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From Wiki:
Josef Locke was the stage name of Joseph McLaughlin (23 March 1917 -- 15 October 1999), an Irish tenor singer who was successful in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s.

Born in Derry, Ireland, he was the son of a butcher and cattle dealer, and one of nine children. He started singing in local churches in the Bogside at the age of seven, and as a teenager added two years to his age in order to enlist in the Irish Guards, later serving abroad with the Palestine Police Force, before returning in the late 1930s to join the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Known as The Singing Bobby, he became a local celebrity before starting to work the UK variety circuit, where he played 19 seasons in the northern English seaside resort of Blackpool. The renowned Irish tenor John McCormack (1884--1945) advised him that his voice was better suited to a lighter repertoire than the operatic one he had in mind, and urged him to find an agent—thus he found the noted impresario Jack Hylton (1892--1965) who booked him, but couldn't fit his full name on the bill, thus Joseph McLaughlin became Josef Locke.

He made his first radio broadcast in 1949, and subsequently appeared on TV programmes such as Rooftop Rendezvous, Top of the Town, All-star Bill and The Frankie Howerd Show. He was signed to the Columbia label in 1947, and his first releases were the two Italian songs "Santa Lucia" and "Come Back to Sorrento".

In 1947, too, Locke released "Hear My Song, Violetta", which became forever associated with him. His other songs were mostly a mixture of Irish ballads such as "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen", "Dear Old Donegal", "Galway Bay" and "The Isle of Innisfree" (the theme song from the film The Quiet Man), excerpts from operettas including "The Drinking song", "My Heart and I", and "Goodbye", along with familiar Italian favourites such as "Come Back to Sorrento" and "Cara Mia".

In 1958, after he had appeared in five Royal Variety Performances, and while he was still at the peak of his career, the British tax authorities began to make substantial demands that Locke declined to meet. Eventually he fled the country for Ireland, where he lay low for several years. When his differences with the tax people were eventually settled, Locke retired to Co. Kildare, emerging for the occasional charity concert and reappearing in Blackpool in 1968. He appeared in front of The Prince and Princess of Wales at the 1992 Royal Variety Show, singing "Goodbye", having announced prior to the song that this would be his final public appearance.

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Sacred Heart National School Choir Huntstown will support The Three Tenors

January 24, 2013

We delighted to welcome Sacred Heart National School Choir Huntstown to Draiocht on Saturday 23 February 8pm, supporting The Three Tenors.

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School parents can avail of a special offer price.

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Singing at the Launch of Lincoln! The Three Tenors!
Coming to Draiocht on 23 Feb.

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The Sun has got his Hat on at Draiocht

November 5, 2012

Rehearsals are nearing an end as Coolmine Musical Society prepare to take to the stage in Draíocht from next Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th of November for 'Me and My Girl', the much loved musical filled with laughs, love and classic comedy moments. The cast and crew have been working hard for the last few months to perfect their Lambeth Walk’s ... with a week to go some are still learning!

As always, you can expect a supremely talented cast including Alison Dennan, Paula Fay and Sėamus Sullivan. Due to unforeseen circumstances the role of Bill Snibson will now be played by Colin Hughes who is double jobbing as Director also.

Choreographer Brian Keogh, Musical Director Caitríona Ní Threasaigh and Chorus Master Eoghan Connolly have been working hard to make sure everyone is ready to take to the Draíocht stage.

So, come and join Coolmine Musical Society in 1930's England for a night of musical delights, as they take you to Hareford and beyond, from next Tuesday 13th November!

Tickets on SALE NOW ... €20/€17 conc with a Special Opening Night Offer of all tickets only €17.

Book Online Now ... or phone Box Office on 01-8852622 ...  All shows start 8pm!

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October 12, 2012

The Music Man, one of the most successful Hollywood musicals, of all time, will come marching into Draíocht Blanchardstown for a five night run commencing on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 8.00pm.
The Music Man has not been seen on the Dublin stage for quite some years.

An all star cast lead by multiple AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) award winning northside actor Michael Evans, in the title role, Professor Harold Hill, will be joined by award winning Jean Sweeney, Baldoyle and Blanchardstown (as Marion Peroo); Valerie Andrews, Ballinteer (as Mrs Peroo), John Furlong, Blanchardstown (as Mayor Shinn), Siobhán 0’Sullivan, Phibsboro (as Mrs Shinn) who together with Will Burke (as Marcellus Washburn) and an experienced cast of forty singers and dancers from all over the city suburbs and beyond will bring Meredith Wilson’s colourful musical, set in River City Iowa, to life. The Music Man also has seventeen children in the cast and an orchestra of eleven people.

Ten year old Adam Doherty, from Donaghmede, a fifth class pupil at St. Brigid’s Boys National School, Killester, and son of Eithne and Paul Doherty, will play the important role of Winthrop in The Music Man. Adam is a student of FACT school of performing arts, under the direction of northsider Sean Gilligan. Adam has already appeared in the sell-out musical, The Snowman at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre here in Dublin and at the University Concert Hall, Limerick. Adam has also appeared in Annie Jnr, the musical, at the Helix Theatre and in Cinderella at the Castle, in Clontarf Castle.

Rehearsals in full swing!

Jack Carolan, Dunboyne, who is already making a name for himself in stage musicals plays Tommy Djilas, Lauren Murphy from Skryne, Co Meath plays Amaryllis and sister Lucy plays Zaneeta and Alice Hunter, Marino (Gracie Shinn).

Rehearsals in full swing!

The Music Man, by Meredith Willson, with timeless classic numbers Seventy-Six Trombones, Ya Got Trouble, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Goodnight My Someone and Till There Was You is directed by Philippa Alford. The musical director is Yvonne McQuillan and award winning choreographer Orla Savage is responsible for the choreography. The colourful stage settings are by award winning set designer Richard Levins.

Rehearsals in full swing!

The Music Man is presented at Draíocht Blanchardstown by The Pioneer Musical Society, for Pioneer Club members and friends. The Pioneer Musical Society is one of the longest established musical societies in the country. The society will be well known for staging spectacular musicals and pantomimes, with high production values, at their former home St. Francis Xavier Hall, Upper Sherrard Street, in the city, for many years. In recent years the society has staged many successful musicals at Draíocht, including South Pacific, Calamity Jane, The Hot Mikado, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof.

Rehearsals in full swing!

The Music Man is now booking at Draíocht Box Office 01 885 2622 Monday to Saturday 10am to 6.00pm.
Tickets €15.00 (Tuesday) and €18.00 (Wednesday to Saturday) may also be booked, at any time, online at


The film of The Music Man premiered in 1962 and starred Robert Preston, as The Music Man and Shirley Jones, of Oklahoma! and Carousel fame, as Marion Peroo and Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold.

Rehearsals in full swing!

The Chairperson of the Pioneer Musical Society for Pioneer Club Members and Friends is Mary O’Reilly.
Any further information from: P.J.Kelly, FPRII, MMII. Pioneer Musical Society, Tel: 087 769 0997

Rehearsals in full swing!

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October 1, 2012



Draíocht is delighted to announce its Theatre Artist in Residence, Veronica Coburn, for 2012/2013. The position funded through The Arts Council and Fingal County Council will enable Draíocht offer a year long drama & music project for people age 16+.

A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. If you are sociable, like to sing, like to laugh and are open to trying new things then WE WANT YOU! You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah! You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing. The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility, inclusivity and artistic excellence.

Hallelujah! will be a choir like no other. One part play to two parts song; one part concert to two parts clown theatre. Nobody will be asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there will be ample opportunity for them to do so.

Hallelujah!’s weekly rehearsals will begin in 2013 but on 03 November 2012 there is an opportunity for you to come along to see what it’s all about. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of Clown Theatre and you will learn Hallelujah!’s signature tune - Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’. Hallelujah!’s first major work in 2013 will be The M50 Symphony – A Symphony For Human Voice & Car Horn.

To register your interest please fill in an application form, available from Draíocht’s Box Office or by email to or download it here ...
Deadline for applications EXTENDED TO: WED 31 OCT 2012

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