The late Big Tom
The organisers of Castleblayney Celebrates Big Tom Festival are appealing to anyone who might have a spare room in the Louth area ahead of the upcoming September festival.
The promoters launched their appeal after announcing that most of the accommodation in Castleblaney and the surrounding areas has already been snapped up by fans of the late country singer.
In fact, there has been such an unprecedented demand for the festival that hotels such as The Crowne Plaza in Dundalk are already booked up during the 21st to the 23rd September.
A spokesperson for the festival said: "With accommodation in a 20-mile radius nearly full for the weekends people are travelling from across the country and from abroad so accommodation is at a premium, if anyone is interested in putting people up in their homes that weekend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Castleblayney Regeneration FB page."
The programme for the weekend starts with the Launch at Culture Night in Iontas theatre on Friday 21st September. Proceedings kick off at 7pm when fans will get a chance to see a display of some of Big Tom’s memorabilia.
There will be Country and Western music in the Glencarn and in the local pubs on Friday evening, whilst Saturday will see the unveiling of the Castleblayney Music Wall of Fame, at 3 pm.
The shops in the town will be decorated in Big Tom style and there will be music on the streets of the town before and after the unveiling of the Castleblayney Music Wall of Fame.
That evening will see three country greats, Philomena Begley, Susan McCann and Gloria performing a concert in Iontas on Saturday night at 8.
Tickets are already sold out for this show, however, there is dancing in Oram (where Tom lived) from 11 until late in the community centre. This is a free event for all to attend.
Sunday will see the unveiling of the Big Tom Statue at Market Square at 3pm. Finally, a tribute concert featuring The Mainliners, Margo, Dermot McBride, Paddy King and special guests which will take place in the Glencarn Hotel. Doors open at 7.30 and tickets are on sale at €25 from the Glencarn Hotel.
The festival organisers said: “A large attendance is anticipated at this special dance to remember the great man who was Big Tom McBride.”