Highlights of My People Wipe Me Tour
I celebrate the moments, people and places that made my People Wipe Me Tour brilliant.
My spangtabulous tour of People Wipe Me is coming to an end. It's not over yet, mind you. Later today, I'll be heading up to Raheen House for my final show, and I'll have all the gossip from that for you next week.
In fact, there are still tickets for that show, so for all you Last-Minute Larries out there, here's the link.
But it's still a good time for me to look back at the highlights of this fabulocious People Wipe Me tour, and I'm going to share those with you now.
Cluain Restaurant, 15 July
It feels like a million years ago now, my first nervewracking gig at Cluain Restaurant in Clonmel. But it was a marvellous night. I was garlanded with flowers, and the people of Clonmel laughed by the bucketload.
I loved chilling out with my schoolfriends as they ate their pre-show meal – though I didn't eat mine until 10.30 that night. I was too busy being mobbed by fans to eat before then.
I was touched by the vision and enthusiasm of Cluain manager Gerry and impressed by the phenomenal organisational skills of assistant manager Mary. It was a big undertaking for the Cluain team and they pulled it off with style.
Molly's Café, Clonakilty, 24 July
What an adventure I went on, taking two buses to West Cork for my most far-flung show. As I got off the bus, I heard a friendly voice call my name. And that blanket of warmth and welcome surrounded me until I left two days later.
From the team at Molly's Café, led by the aptly named Siobhan Sweet, to the lovely Lighthearted Women who brought me to wonderous woods and gave me gin, the help and kindness I received was second to none.
And the Lighthearted Women lived up to their name, filling Molly's with their laughter.
Croi Anu Centre, Moone, Co. Kildare, 5 August
It was a beautiful night in Moone. Croi Anu was a splendid venue, filled with warmth and light. Mary Pat Moloney, founder of Croi Anu, gathered a delightful crowd for the show, and gave us all tea and biscuits afterwards.
Mary Pat also kept me on an even keel while I waited to start the show. And the crowd filled that gorgeous room with laughter.
Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, 27 August
This was my most razzle-dazzle performance. I performed on an actual stage, under lights, to my biggest crowd yet. And what a receptive crowd they were. Their rendition of The Fields of Athenry was so impressive that I applauded them.
Photo Description: This is a newspaper article written by Pat McEvoy, critic with the Waterford News and Star. There's a picture of me in the centre, wearing a pink suit. If anyone needs help reading it, leave me a message and I'll send you the original picture.
My Coastguard Centre performance was grant assisted by the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council. The Mayor came along to support the performance, which lent a touch of gravitas to the event.
Judging by the laughter, the kind heckles, the messages of support and the words of praise, people appear to have enjoyed the performances as much as I have. And I got a few standing ovations too. I'm lucky I can fit my head through the door!
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