It’s not often a world famous performer begins, or ends, a world tour here but Tommy Tiernan will do both without even leaving the county when he brings his ‘World tour of Donegal’ show starting next Wednesday.
His eight date tour around the county includes Ballybofey, Bundoran, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Dunlewey, Glenties and Letterkenny, is part of his hugely successful tour that has seen him wow audiences across Ireland and the UK.
Best know as hailing from Navan, Tommy was actually born in Donegal, in Carndonagh, where he lived until he was three-years-old before he relocated to Africa with his family.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat he explained that he has fond memories of the county.
“I left when I was three. We lived in Carndonagh until I was three and we moved from Carndonagh to Africa. I used to do a joke about it that it was like going from a photograph to the negative. I have very fond memories of Donegal. I have travelled around a lot of Ireland and there is a magic to all these places all along the western coast of Ireland. The more slightly rugged and uncivilised the landscape, the more permission your environment can give you to be a little bit like that yourself. I just prefer to be near mountains and wild women than roundabouts and accountants,” he says.
“What I started to do a few years ago is do a world tour of different counties, so in 2009 I did Donegal. It has been two years since I did it and I thought sure we’ll give it another lash. We had a great time and it is my favourite type of touring to be honest. I’d much prefer something like that. I did a big tour of Australia and Canada earlier this year so it wouldn’t take much now to sway me Donegal’s way, honest to God. It just resonates more with me as a way of life. I have no interest in being in airports. You never get to see anywhere when your in an airport, going from one air conditioned environment to the next. Ideally I’d love to go around Donegal on a horse,” he laughed.
His tour sees him return to some familiar venues he has played in he past, such as Glenties, Letterkenny, Buncrana and Bundoran, but he says he is looking forward to playing Donegal Town for the first time.
He is also making a return to Dunlewey theatre and he describes the journey he made on his first gig in the gealtacht lakeside venue.
“I remember we were driving towards it and we took a left off the main road on to a smaller road then we took a right off to a smaller road and then we were driving through almost hedges and then you come up on this place that looks like the ‘Starship Enterprise’ had landed but it was fantastic,” he says.
He says he will be joined by “ a bit of a Donegal crew” for the tour as his tour manger is from Carndonagh, Pierce ‘Glackin’ Doherty and his sound man is Mountcharles man and musician with the ‘The Stunning’, Derek Murray.
Tommy is touring with his latest production called ‘Poot’ but his last tour ‘Crooked Man’ recently won him a prestigious accolade.
“The DVD was voted by Time Out magazine in London as the best comedy of the year so I hope people enjoy it. It looks great and it is shot on film. We think it is the only comedy show ever in Ireland or England that was shot on film. The last one I can think of was an Eddie Murphy one in the early 80s. We have had a fabulous response to it and I hope people enjoy it. I’m glad to put my name behind it especially if people can knock a bit of craic out of it in an evening,” Tommy said.