Galway GAA great Ken Lucas from Clonfert is hosting a unique evening with top Irish band The High Kings on Friday May 1. The concert is being held in the magnificent new hall in Colaiste Na Sionna, Banagher College, Co. Offaly. This superb facility is ideal for the concert and is a great opportunity to show it off to the hundreds expected to support this fundraising evening with a great night of entertainment. The High Kings are just back from America where they played for President Obama as part of the St. Patricks Day international festivities.
Ken, a Galway minor player in 1983/4/5 and won an All Ireland medal with Galway in 1983, reached the ice-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa on the 15th October 2010, and said that he never would put his body through something like this again. He was totally drained, both physically and mentally, and all he wanted to do was get down and go home and see his three children, Mark, Niamh and Ciara. Ken’s wife Aisling had just completed this wonderful trip with him to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
On October 18 this year Ken will test his body again when he will join a group of friends from all over Ireland whom he met on the Kilimanjaro trip to climb to the base camp of Everest, to again help raise more funds for the sick children of Ireland and Children’s hospital Crumlin.
For centuries, Ireland was ruled by High Kings. As their reign came to an end, their deeds and stories merged into the world of legend and myth and the High Kings of Ireland were no more except in story, music and song. Until now. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.
Ireland’s Folk Band of the year The High Kings all come with accomplished musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish Musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed firsthand the power of well crafted Irish music on an audience.
Since The High Kings started, they have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the US, made numerous TV appearances, and achieved platinum status with both albums.
The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs as well as some old favorites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along.
The High Kings, live in concert, Friday May 11, Banagher College, Co. Offaly.
Supporting Ken Lucas Mount Everest Challenge in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Support Acts: Mark Boylan & West Offaly Comhaltas Tickets €25 (Unreserved Seating) Available from; Banagher Post Office & Birr Post Office Ken Lucas: 087 7977235; Ronnie Byrne: 086 8116168; Dave Boylan: 087 6422210; Colm Mc Cabe Hospitality Events, Tullamore: 087 2700349.