Irish TV to broadcast UK Premiere of ‘Beyond the Barricade’

Posted in Connect on November 18, 2015.


Irish TV in Manchester is to broadcast the exclusive UK premiere of the hit sell out musical ‘Beyond the Barricade’ on Tuesday 24 November at 8.30pm on the Sky platform channel 191, Freesat 400. They performed their UK premiere of the hit musical ‘Beyond the Barricade’ on Monday 26 October at the Arts Centre in Hulme, Manchester, to a sellout crowd.

beyond-3The show was performed by the Heroes for Hospice Production Company based in Ballina in County Mayo. The ninety strong cast and their supporters staged the exclusive UK show to raise funds for the soon to be built €14 million Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar. The group have already raised over €30,000 for the charity from their eight sell out shows in Mayo, staged between December 2014 and July 2015.

A group of 154 performers and supporters travelled from County Mayo to stage the exclusive event in Manchester before they travelled onto Dublin to stage it in the capital.

The thirty minute show will feature interviews with the shows’ director Lavinia Gilmartin, the Hospice CEO Cynthia Clampett and the shows’ sponsor Lawrence Hennigan from the Levenshulme Pub Company. Irish TV presenters Martin and Annette Logan also chat to the Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBE who officially launched the event.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBEWhen asked about his involvement in the launch of the show, Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Murphy OBE, whose Irish roots stem from Mayo replied “The performance will also be raising much needed funds for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice, so theatre goers will not only be treated to a breathtaking performance but their attendance will help improve the lives of people living with life limiting conditions too.” “Manchester has long links with Ireland and this is one more example of how that strong and historic connection still thrives today.”

The regional manager for Irish TV in Manchester, Martin Logan commented “Irish TV were delighted to promote the Premier for the ‘Beyond the Barricade musical’. It was a fantastic show and the Manchester audience really enjoyed it. The Mayo Roscommon Hospice is close to all our hearts, especially with my wife Annette coming from Ardagh just outside Ballina. We will continue to give the hospice every support in any future events.”

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester who had helped promote the sell out tour commented “It was great to see Irish TV covering such a historic event. Henry McGlade beyond the barricade french scene by paul foxhad recorded the start of the journey in Mayo during the summer for Mayo County Matters with the group. It was great to see Irish TV in Manchester complete the journey of such a wonderful show. ”

The cast of the show paid for their own travel and accommodation and also waived their appearance fees so that all the profits from the show can be donated to the new Mayo Roscommon Hospice in the West of Ireland.

The show was supported by Mayo Diaspora organisations such as the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group, the Mayo Association in Dublin and Mayo County Council.

For more information about the Hospice log onto www.hospice.ie
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