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In her first headline concert, Newmarket-on-Fergus country music singer, Clodagh Lawlor boasted a sell-out show.

Over 200 people gathered at Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel in Shannon for ‘A Night of Country Music’ headlined by Clodagh Lawlor where the popular Louise Morrissey appeared as a special guest at the concert which received positive plaudits from those in attendance.

Clodagh Lawlor on stage at Treacys Oakwood Hotel in Shannon. Photograph: Joe Buckley

Plans to hold a hometown gig in her native Newmarket-on-Fergus last year came undone on account of the pandemic with the scaled-back event in Shannon working out well as an alternative.

Two years ago, Clodagh had a twenty fourth birthday to remember when she was named as the winner of the Late Late Show’s search for a country music star in what was her debut on the world’s longest running chat show.

The Ballynacally Crew enjoying ‘A Night of Country Music’ at Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel in Shannon. Photograpoh: Joe Buckley

A strong contingent of country music fans from Ballynacally, Shannon, Ennis and Newmarket-on-Fergus were among the crowd while attendees from counties such as Galway, Offaly and Wicklow also travelled to the concert with American guests at the hotel also soaking up the atmosphere.

Catherine Justice and Pops Ryan at Clodagh Lawlor’s first headline concert in Shannon. Photograph: Joe Buckley.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, Clodagh expressed her delight with the reaction to her first headline gig. “It went so well I’m absolutely thrilled with it all, just delighted people enjoyed themselves. It was such a huge step to take putting on your own concert but I’m happy I did. People came from places like Offaly, Galway and Wicklow, I was so shocked when they told me.

“There was so many young girls there too who came up to me after telling me that they hope one day to be in the Irish country music scene and I just hope I’m the reason someday that they chased their dream, anything is possible. I never expected to sell out but we did and I just hope it’s the start of something more for me”.

Sheila Whelan and her daughter Nicole Buckley Whelan were among the crowd at ‘A Night of Country Music’ in Shannon. Photograph: Joe Buckley

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