Castleblayney Regeneration Committee along with support from Monaghan County Council and representatives of local community groups have come together to celebrate our late friend Big Tom McBride. A festival, ‘Castleblayney Celebrates Big Tom’ will take place in Castleblayney from 21st-23rd September 2018. A weekend of stories and song to celebrate the contribution Tom made to country music both in Ireland and around the world. Below are some of the events planned over the course of the weekend. Follow us on facebook for up to date information and events.




Castleblayney Celebrates Big Tom’ festival will be launched as part of Cultural Night 2018 in Iontas theatre, Castleblayney at 7pm. Following the launch, dance the night away with Big Band Dancing in the Glencarn Hotel or check out some of our local pubs where country music will be the theme of the night.



Join us at the site of the old Embassy Ballroom, now the Glencarn Hotel for the unveiling of our new ‘Castleblayney Music Wall of Fame’. Castleblayney’s rich musical heritage will be celebrated in a beautiful art instillation. Local school children will showcase their musical talents at the unveiling.


A ‘Back to Castleblayney’ Concert featuring Philomena Begley, Susan McCann, Gloria and The Barry Doyle Band will take place in Iontas Theatre at 8pm. A night of story and song, a night to remember! Tickets available through Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney.


Dance the night away in Oram Community Centre from 11pm.


In late 2016, Castleblayney Regeneration Committee and Monaghan County Council set about exploring the possibility of commissioning an art piece to celebrate Big Tom’s contribution to the community of Castleblayney.  At 3pm on Sunday the 23rd September we will unveil the final product, a beautiful statue of Big Tom.


A Big Tom Celebration Dance will close our festival on Sunday evening in the Glencarn Hotel featuring The Mainliners, John  Glenn, Margo, Dermot McBride, Paddy King, Country Harmony and special guests. Tickets available through The Glencarn Hotel.