HE may not describe it as the life of Reilly but the life of O’Neill appears to be an enjoyable busman’s holiday, writes Henry Bauress.
Joe O’Neill and his partner, romantic and musical, Noeleen Eston, are an Athy based musical partnership, who perform not just in Ireland but abroad.
On Mothers Day last, they launched what Joe called their country dance music CD, “Nobody’s Darling But Mine,” in the Town House Hotel in Naas, accompanied by family and friends.
Joe, who retired from Kildare County Council two years ago, and Noeleen play as a type of working hobby, but their talent has taken them from Lourdes and Lanzarote to Lisdoonvarna.
On 21 June coming they head off for a five day “holiday” to play at the Solitude Hotel in Lourdes.
The CD launch is their first for Stardust since their formation two years ago.
The title comes from one of the songs.
They produced just 250 CDs and there are just a few left. These are on sale at Kilcullen post office.
Joe told the Leader they plan to do a Christmas album.
The Townhouse launch was attended by Kevin Lawlor Fitzpatrick from Midlands radio 103, the Tunesmiths from Naas, Jimmy Aspell from Kilcullen, Johnny Dwyer from Naas and Jim and Mary Malone from Barrowhouse.
Apart from France in June, Spain in August, Lisdoonvarna September, they have been invited to join some of the big bands this October in Portugal.
Joe said he was grateful to Johnny Barry, KLCR, and KFM radio, Liam Kett, who played the album.