Close shave but Goats set to save the day in Letterkenny

Promoters of the scheduled Keltic Hoollee festival due to be staged at Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel this weekend have been forced to cancel the event.

Promoters of the scheduled Keltic Hoollee festival due to be staged at Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel this weekend have been forced to cancel the event.

Among the prominent artists lined up were Pogues frontman, Shane MaGowan, Damian Dempsey and Goats Don’t Shave.

But for the hundreds of disappointed Goats fans, there’s a welcome reprieve with the band now confirmed to go ahead with a concert at the Letterkenny venue on Sunday night.

The group was innundated with e-mails and Facebook messages urging them to proceed with their gig at the Clanree and the recently reunited group have decided to take to the stage to please their loyal legion of fans.

Last month singer and songwriter, Damian Dempsey reportedly revealed on his website that he would not be performing at the Keltic Hoollee event. Around the same time, Shane MacGowan’s website detailed that he would be performing with the Pogues in Holland over the same weekend.

On Tuesday of this week, promoter of the festival, JW Promotions revealed that the event had been cancelled. Anyone who has bought tickets for it is urged to return to their point of purchase for a full refund.

Meanwhile, doors open for Sunday night’s Goats Don’t Shave gig at 8.30pm with a support act on stage first. Admission is €20 and is payable on the door.

Last weekend, the Clanree Hotel hosted a Country Fest which was described as a huge success with accomocation locally fully booked out during the event.