Newbridge country music singer realises lifelong dream

Bernie Heaney
A country and western singer from Newbridge will launch her first ever album in Hazel Hotel on Thursday, July 17 at 8.30pm.

A country and western singer from Newbridge will launch her first ever album in Hazel Hotel on Thursday, July 17 at 8.30pm.

Bernie Heaney, from the Green Road, who is married to Brian, said it was her life long ambition to record an album once their three children, Erin (21), Shannon (18) and Brendan (14) were grown.

“They are all teenagers now so it is my time to do something for myself,” said Bernie.

“My father Paddy Mullholland plays steel guitar and sings and he duets with me on one of the songs on the new album. I am originally from Piercetown in Newbridge. My grandfather was the late Pat Tiernan. He was the coal man and he served the whole community with coal. He had a little red tractor and everybody in town knew him.”

The album is called ‘Dare to Dream’ and is made up of 12 songs, which are all cover songs including one recorded especially for her grandfather.

“There is a good mix on there and something for everybody,” she added.

“I recorded ‘A Daisy for a Day’ for my late grandfather as it was his favourite song. I am a big fan of Dolly Parton, Patsy Kline and Philomena Begley, who has now become a good friend of mine. I have been to Nashville and to Dollywood which is great for Dolly Parton fans as it plays all her music. I do write my own songs and I plan to record some of them for the next album.”

All Bernie’s children play an instrument and plans may be afoot to record together one day.

“One plays fiddle, one plays accordion and the other plays the drums,” she added.

“So you never know.”

Guest Artist on the night include Louise Morrissey, The Davitts Country Band, Tony Kerr Garth Brooks Tribute and the Ryston Cill Dara Line Dancers.