Promoter Joe Finnegan hailed the “incredibly emotional” appearance of country legend Big Tom in Roscommon last Sunday when he reflected on the Midsummer’s Day with the Stars with the Roscommon People this week.
“Big Tom’s appearance was very emotional for me and for the crowd. And then to see him perform so well, it was really something. I said to someone backstage…this is the nearest we will ever get to knowing what it was like when Elvis was ‘in the building!’ The reception Big Tom got from the crowd in Roscommon on Sunday was very, very special.”
Expressing delight at the success of the event, Mr. Finnegan said that the organisers were thrilled with how well everything went, particularly in light of the ominous weather conditions on the morning of the concert.
“When you take into account the weather and the soccer match (Ireland v France), the size of the crowd on the day just shows you how well established this event now is.”
At the close of Sunday’s concert, Mr. Finnegan – the well-known Shannonside Radio broadcaster and leading music promoter – thanked everyone who had helped in any way to make the annual Midsummer’s Day with the Stars such a great success.
These included main sponsors Roscommon County Council, as well as the Gardai, Civil Defence, Micheal Finneran of Roscommon Racecourse, stewards, local media and the various providers of refreshments/services.
Mr. Finnegan thanked the various stars who had been present on the day and had a special thank you to the thousands of fans who were in attendance. Acknowledging the formal input of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce this year – with the Midsummer’s Day with the Stars broadened into a Country Music Weekend – Mr. Finnegan thanked Chamber President Sean Mahon and all businesses in Roscommon town for their support.