Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Moneygall, Donegal, and Very Sad Times

Hi Everyone

The visit of Barack Obama to Ireland this week has been a very welcome opportunity for The High Kings to turn their thoughts to a happy and historic occasion after what had been a very sad and difficult time, especially for Brian.

We bring you now all the latest news, both happy and sad, from the last few days.

"Fantastic day. Moneygall was buzzing for the visit of President Obama, and we were proud to be part of such a historic event. Ireland is back in the world news headlines, for all the right reasons. I will be chatting to Billy McCarthy on WLR FM tomorrow morning at around 10.15am, and sharing our memories of the day."

Darren did a short telephone interview with Sue Nunn of KCLR just as they were arriving in Moneygall. The following morning he was chatting to Billy McCarthy at WLR and then with again with Sue Nunn on KCLR to share the memories of Moneygall. You can listen to all the interviews on the player on Latest News page of Darren's Official Website by clicking the 'Radio Interviews' link below.


The High Kings performed at the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen on 14th May. They were supported by 13 year old Mark Boylan.

"Enniskillen! A sellout crowd brought the love in a big way! Brilliant night! Loved it."

Photos courtesy and copyright Donnie Phair

Donegal Live - Dublin

"We are live at 3pm at The Iveagh Gardens Dublin as headliners for Donegal Live.
That is unless we drown or take off in the wind and rain!!!!"

Darren making friends at Donegal Live in Iveagh Gardens Dublin 22 May 2011

Photos courtesy and copyright William Murphy

"The sun came out for our set today in the Iveagh Gardens and the crowd were loving it! The biggest cheer of the day was lovingly given for Brian, who paid tribute to his dad, before he sang The Rare Auld Times. What a trooper!
Tomorrow we head to Moneygall to play for President Obama! Should be fun!"

Rest In Peace Sean Dunphy

30 November 1937 - 17 May 2011

We were very shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Dunphy and our thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family at such a sad time.

At the request of the family, Darren, Finbarr, and Martin, went ahead with their planned performance on RTE R1's Pat Kenny show the following morning. They performed a very touching version of Brian's Fields of Athenry, which they dedicated to the Dunphy family, and a lovely version of Green Fields of France. We have recorded both the songs and can share these special moments with you. Click the links to listen to the songs with an option to download and keep these very special performances.

A few words from Darren.....

"What a send off for the master. A beautiful ceremony filled with music, memories, smiles and tears. Sean would have been so proud of his family today. Brian bravely joined us for Red is the Rose, and himself and me performed our own "God be with those Days", one of his dad's favourite songs. A massive void has been left, but the memories will live forever."

A few words from Brian.....

"Once again thank you so much for all ur support at this time he was much loved and adored by people around the world as his voice and charisma touched so many. Dad was laid to rest in a celebration of his life his final show, his final standing ovation and his final curtain call"


Back with more news soon.

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team

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