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AMAZING HOLIDAY CDS AVAILABLE NOW!

The Holidays are coming and we have the most amazing selection of music to set the stage for your perfect Holiday Season. Get in the spirit with holiday classics, contemporary song and original recordings from Celtic Thunder; Celtic Thunder Christmas and Celtic Thunder Christmas Voices, Damian McGinty; It’s Christmas Time, Paul Byrom; I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Celtic Woman’s Home For Christmas and Faith Of Our Fathers Double CD Anniversary Edition.

Enjoy festive holiday songs from around the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, these wonderful albums overflow with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Whether it’s for a Holiday Party or snuggling by the fire, we have the perfect Holiday album for you! Click to purchase album HERE.

 

 

ALL THINGS LEGACY

In case you have missed it, we started our mammoth tour of the US and Canada on August 19th 2016. The juggernaut 77-city LEGACY tour is now in full swing and we are having a ball bringing our music to fans across the length and breadth of North America. Over the course of 4 months we will hit 36 US States and 5 Canadian Provinces in our most extensive tour ever!

FULL CALENDAR DATES AND PURCHASE LINKS HERE

 

BUTLERS CHOCOLATE COLLECTION

Butlers Chocolates began life in Dublin’s Lad Lane in 1932 and 80 years later has now introduced Butlers Chocolates to chocolate lovers in many locations across the globe, from Dublin to Dubai and Shannon to Sydney. In fact Butlers Chocolates are now on sale in over 40 countries including USA, Australia, Singapore and Russia.

Over the years, Butlers Chocolates has evolved; from Chez Nous to Butlers Irish to Butlers Chocolates, however the company has never strayed from its mission to create irresistible chocolates that are accessible to all and, by doing so, to add a little moment of happiness to everyday life. Butlers Chocolates are an affordable luxury that we would like people all over the world to enjoy.

Check out our amazing selection of Butlers Chocolates, just in time for the Holidays.

Butlers Chocolates are a must have for every chocolate lover.

Whatever the occasion, say it with chocolate; whether it’s Congratulations!, I’m Sorry or Thank You; Chocolates are what you’re after. Butlers Chocolates.

BUTLERS SIGNATURE ASSORTMENT 36 PIECES  

Butlers Irish Signature 36 piece chocolate assortment features a premium collection of luxury chocolate truffles and pralines in milk, dark and white chocolate. The assortment includes; milk chocolate Irish cream truffle, dark chocolate  truffle and white chocolate flake.

ARTISAN COLLECTION - 24

Butlers Artisan Collection features a delectable collection of elegantly decorated and presented truffles, pralines, caramels, and fruit purées in milk, dark and white chocolate. The selection includes Raspberry Double Trouble, Madagascan Vanilla Ganache and Almond Cappuccino

EMBOSSED SIGNATURE ASSORTMENT

Butlers signature chocolate assortment features a premium collection of luxury chocolate truffles and pralines in milk, dark and white chocolate. The assortment includes; milk chocolate flake, white chocolate latte and dark chocolate orange marzipan. (This selection contains 9 assorted chocolates in a single layer and some chocolates contain alcohol).


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CELTIC THUNDER VIP ARTIST EVENT PASSES

After Show VIP Parties Are Great Fun Altogether!

If you have not attended a Celtic Thunder post show VIP Artist Event, then you are missing out!! Attendees have a chance to meet some of the Celtic Thunder soloists, play games, chat and ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to take your photo with the Celtic Thunder guys, so be sure to bring your own camera.  Don’t forget to take home a beautiful VIP Artist Event Program autographed by all 5 members of Celtic Thunder before you leave!

 

SOUND CHECK PARTY PASSES

Ever Wonder What Happens Before A Celtic Thunder Show?  

Our Sound Check Parties invite Celtic Thunder fans into a behind the scenes experience, offering them an up close view of the soloists and band as they prepare and sound check for that evening’s show. Guaranteed to make your Celtic Thunder show experience even more amazing, Sound Check attendees can snap candid photos of the guys as they rehearse numbers from LEGACY.

What’s more fans that take part in the Sound Check party will take home a special Celtic Thunder Sound Check Party brochure. The Sound Check Party takes place at 4pm at the venue on show days and guests are asked to check in at the Merchandise stand in the lobby.

 

CELTIC THUNDER $500 GIFT BASKET CONTEST

We are thrilled to launch our Celtic Thunder Holiday Store once again. This year we have packed our shelves with tons of beautiful gift ideas, fun and unique items from Celtic Thunder world and from Ireland, which are bound to make your gift list easier than ever!! Please note our final shipping date for Holiday orders is December 12th.

We have great new Celtic Thunder Holiday Merch for the Thunderhead in your life (maybe it’s you!) ranging from Celtic Thunder Vintage Holiday Cards, the official Celtic Thunder Calendar, Celtic Thunder Santa Bears and CT’s Christmas Stocking, to Celtic Thunder Festive Balloons (to get the party started!),  Gift Cards, Christmas CDs and DVDs and lots more.

 

COLM KEEGAN

Multi-award winning Irish singer Colm Keegan is best known as one of the Principal singers with Celtic Thunder. A Dubliner born and bred, Colm may still only be in his 20s but has already achieved an extensive career to date.

As a schoolboy, Colm studied under vocal coach Ken Shellard and won several highly acclaimed awards at the Dublin Feis Ceoil singing competition. During this time he was also a lead soloist with the Palestrina Choir (under the direction of Ite O’Donovan) and a regular performer at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Colm has performed with the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral, New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome where the Pope was in attendance.

 

 

COLM KEEGAN - 'I'LL NEVER BE ALONE'  

I’ll Never Be Alone, the debut solo album from Irish singer Colm Keegan is finally here! This highly anticipated first album offers a huge variety of original music, with music and lyrics written by Colm himself. Best known for his role as one of the Principal singers from the acclaimed World Music show Celtic Thunder, Colm draws on his experience performing with the show these last five years bringing it into his solo project, as well as handpicking his superb team of musicians. The album was produced and arranged by Celtic Thunder assistant Musical Director, Seamus Brett, whilst Cellist Laura Durrant also features as performer and collaborator. I’ll Never Be Alone contains hits such as Day My Life Began, which reached #1 on the World iTunes charts upon its release in July 2016, along with brand new arrangements of fan favourites Beautiful Day and Unwanted Feeling. No matter what your humor, Colm has written a song just for you and I’ll Never Be Alone promises to bring something for everyone.

 

 

BUSY DAYS

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TOUR MANAGER

The majority of a Tour Manager's role is very much behind the scenes, mostly the logistics of a touring group. One of the key elements is preparation, so before stepping out on tour, all the logistics have to be in place and rechecked.

For me, every new tour is like starting a new painting. You begin with a blank canvas and start sketching/outlining the picture that are all the logistics.

The color is added with the arrival of the cast, crew and creative. The set is loaded in and rehearsal magic begins.  With in a few days, the painting starts to come to life.  Then we take that to different cities.

 

 

BUSY DAYS

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MONITOR AUDIO ENGINEER

A typically show day starts with a 09:00 breakfast call, by far the most important call of the day! By 10:00 the local crew are gathered and ready to start unloading the trucks. You have probably seen our two trucks parked up outside, we bring everything from the Audio/Lighting & Stage systems to the bands shoes/socks! Along with a fully stocked production office and wardrobe department!

The next few hours is what can best be described, as a well rehearsed military drill, all the departments are working at the same time in the space, I do wonder some days how we manage to get it all in and working by lunch time!

As the Monitor Audio Engineer one of my job’s to ensure that all of the wireless audio devices we use during the show are tuned in and working, this job can take up to an hour each day, juggling different frequencies, and crunching numbers in the computer.

 

 

BUSY DAYS

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRODUCTION CORRDINATOR

As the Production Coordinator for Celtic Thunder, every day on tour is sure to be a busy and adventurous one. I’m generally one of the first people into the venue in the morning and my job starts right away with setting up the production office and posting signs all over the backstage area so that the cast and crew know where everything is. Being in a different city and building every day can be confusing so it’s my job to try to keep things as organized as possible. I’ll then assign dressing rooms, offices, wardrobe space and check out the catering to make sure it’s up and running for breakfast.

I have what’s called a “runner” in every city who knows the local area and takes care of things like shopping for bus stock groceries, dropping off laundry to get serviced and other random things like picking up office supplies or stage needs. I also take care of managing the runner’s cash flow and receipts and organizing the guest list.

 

 

DOWN TIME!

Touring can be hard hard work. On our current Legacy Tour we are hitting 77 cities over 4 months in 36 US States and 5 Canadian Provinces, that’s a lot of travel, a lot of load-ins and load-outs, sound checks, warm-ups, performances, M&Gs etc. It’s a lot of fun, don’t get us wrong but it’s a lot of hard work too, from what you see as a final product on stage at night and a ton of behind the scenes work that you can’t even imagine (have a read of the Busy Days: A Day In The Life Articles in this month’s Celtic Times to give you an idea).

 

 

THE BUTLER'S CONNECTION  

Our online Celtic Thunder store has always been proud to sell Butlers Irish Chocolates. We thought you’d like to know a little of the history of the company that make these delicious sweets.

Butlers Chocolates began life in Dublin’s Lad Lane in 1932. The company was founded by a pioneering lady called Marion Butler who named her luxury chocolate creations Chez Nous Chocolates. Marion established the company in the heart of fashionable Georgian Dublin, making her delicious confections by hand.

Marion, who was born in India and moved to Ireland as a young woman, continued to make her delicious chocolates until 1959, when the company was bought by Seamus Sorensen from Cork. The company is still owned and run by the Sorensen family.

 

 

WIN A TRIP TO IRELAND

The lucky winner of the Win A Trip to Ireland in the Tourism Ireland / Celtic Thunder competition will have accommodations and flights provided compliments of Tourism Ireland. The prize consists of five night’s accommodation at a Bed & Breakfast for two people, including a full Irish breakfast every day. The prize also includes two economy airline tickets from one of the following US gateways to Shannon, Dublin or Belfast airport on the island of Ireland: JFK NY, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Connecticut, or Newark. The competition is open to residents of the US and Canada, however travel to one of the US Gateways is at their own expense.

 

 

WIN A PAIR OF VIP TICKETS COMPETITION!

A huge congrats to Brenda Brookes, winner of our Facebook competition for a pair of VIP tickets! Brenda will be attending the Abbotsford Concert and VIP Artist Event on November 23rd! Looking forward to seeing you Brenda!

 

AUTHENTIC IRISH RECIPES

This month in addition to our recipes for starters, main course and dessert, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the amazing breads from Northern Ireland. Be sure to check out “Bread Bread and More Bread” and “Northern Irelands Flour Power” articles in the main section of the Celtic Times

Most of Northern Ireland’s traditional dishes have their roots in potatoes and bread. The simple traditional recipes for soda farls, wheaten and potato breads, pancakes and Belfast baps have survived during the onslaught of fusion cuisine and the pan loaf.

This month’s TCT pays homage to the many different and wonderful breads of Northern Ireland, many of which are only found in that part of the world. Maybe you are feeling adventurous, or want to recreate at delicious bread that you ate when you were in Northern Ireland… whatever the reason, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!!!

 

 

 

TEN TERRIFIC IRISH TOURS AND TRAILS

Whether it’s exploring the limitless adventures of the Wild Atlantic Way or delving deep into Game of Thrones territory, there’s an Irish tour or trail with your name on it. Here are 10 of the best.

 

 

 

BREAD BREAD AND MORE BREAD…..

Most of Northern Ireland’s traditional dishes have their roots in potatoes and bread. The simple traditional recipes for soda farls, wheaten and potato breads, pancakes and Belfast baps have survived during the onslaught of fusion cuisine and the pan loaf.

Northern Ireland is relatively unique in that many families still regularly bake their own bread – continuing a tradition that has lasted for centuries. Originally bread would have been baked over an open fire either on a griddle, in a clay oven at the side of an open fire or in a 'bastable oven', (a cauldron with three legs and a lid, which was suspended on chains over a peat fire).

 

 

 

EXPLORING GAME OF THRONES TERRITORY

AKA NORTHERN IRELAND!

New Tourism Ireland video shows how to explore Game of Thrones Territory in Northern Ireland in three days.

Tourism Ireland has made a short itinerary video that highlights Game of Thrones locations across Northern Ireland. The video is broken down into three days and includes key filming locations such as Winterfell, The Iron Islands, Dragonstone and many more.

This video provides stunning imagery of the locations used in HBO’s Game of Thrones, along with the names of the places in both the show and Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

TIME TO TOAST NORTHERN IRELAND'S FLOUR POWER 

With recipes handed down through generations, one of Northern Ireland’s food culture treasures lies in the uniqueness and variety of its local breads.

From the traditional soda and potato farls, to Veda (a tasty malt loaf) and wheaten bread, to a whole host of artisan loaves, sweet tray bakes, cakes and buns with a modern twist, there is legend in the power of Northern Ireland’s flour. Check out the “Bread Bread and More Bread” article in this month’s Celtic Times for more information.

 

STEP BACK IN TIME...

Step Back In Time And Uncover A Way Of Life In Ireland From A Century Ago.

Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you experience life from over 100 years ago. Chat to costumed visitor guides as they demonstrate traditional crafts and meet farm animals in the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Then step aboard majestic steam locomotives and explore horse drawn carriages, electric trams, boats, motorbikes, fire engines and vintage cars in the Transport Museum.

 

 

 

SEAMUS HEANEY HOMEPLACE

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the new arts and literary centre in Bellaghy, has been officially opened by the Heaney family.

HomePlace is located at the heart of the area where Seamus Heaney spent his formative years and which inspired so much of his work across a career that spanned almost five decades.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the new arts and literary centre in Bellaghy, has been officially opened by the Heaney family (29 September).

 

 

 

WHAT’S ON IN IRELAND IN NOVEMBER?

Are you planning a trip to Ireland this November, if so you might want to check out some of the events and festivals happening there! Also be sure to check out our article on where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Ireland.

 

 

 

SPRING FORWARD AND FALL BACK

On Sunday November 6th, the US will 'Fall Back', ending Daylight Saving Time, with many different parts of the world at different times. Ireland makes changes the last Sunday in October. But do you know why as many as 70 countries around the world Spring Forward and Fall Back every year?

 

 

 

PLACE TO EAT - THANKSGIVING IN IRELAND

While Thanksgiving is of course predominantly celebrated in the US and Canada there are quite a few hotels and restaurants in Ireland that offer a Thanksgiving menu… here are a couple of options (and menus) to celebrate Thanksgiving 2016 should you find yourself in Ireland. And to bring a little Irishness to the occasion, here is how to wish someone a Happy Thanksgiving in Gaelic!

 

 

 

PLACE TO STAY - THE BREHON HOTEL

In line with tradition in tune with today... No matter where you are or how beautiful the backdrop – The staff at the top-class Brehon Hotel believe they have to deliver outstanding, genuine service every day. Exceptional surroundings complemented by exceptional service... this is The Brehon Way.

The design and decorative inspiration for the award-winning hotel comes from its spectacular setting. The classical detailing of Killarney’s stately home, Muckross House, inspired the exterior. While inside, the dappled light and rich green hues of Killarney’s ancient oak forests instill a sense of calm.

 

 

 

PLACE TO VISIT - CONNEMARA

Let Padraig show you his hidden Connemara, a magical place in the West of Ireland with famous hills, valleys, coastlines and fishing villages.

Connemara is a place of contrasts, colors, wilderness and warm welcomes on the west coast of Ireland. From the bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara, to the mountain vistas of North and West Connemara, the diversity of the landscape and the people who populate it offers much to the visitor.

 

 

 

MYTHS & LEGENDS - STORIES OF IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST

Murderous women, buried gold, magical rocks and fairy trees. In Ireland’s Ancient East, stories are all around. But a story is only as good as its teller. Come and listen to the people who bring Ireland’s rich history and folklore to life.

 

 

 

IRISH SPORT - THE RUGBY WEEKEND

Ireland are to play World Cup winners New Zealand twice in November, with the first match in Chicago and the second at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The game at Soldier Field, the home of American Football team the Chicago Bears, is on Saturday, November 5th .

The Dublin meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 19 November. Ireland have two other autumn internationals arranged, hosting Canada on 12 November and Australia on 26 November.

 

 

 

IRISH POETRY - WHEN YOU ARE OLD

W. B. Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep