Seven years of live music at PJ’s of Castlecoote



PJ’s of Castlecoote is tuning up for a busy month of live music as the popular bar marks its seven-year anniversary.

  To scratch that seven-year itch, the renowned live music venue, located in the beautiful surrounds of one of Ireland’s tidiest villages, has a whole host of top class live performances lined up for the month of August.

  Kicking the exciting programme off this Saturday (3rd) is Lady Betty from 9.30 pm. The following Sunday (11th) popular local group Wood Rush will take to the stage from 6 pm.

  Wild Rover will settle in to the welcoming surrounds of PJ’s on Saturday, August 17th from 9.30 pm, and local entertainer Joachim will return on Saturday, August 24th.

  Country music stars Eamonn Jackson and Shaun Loughrey will also be paying a visit to this leading live music venue in the coming weeks and more information will be available in future editions.

  Set in the heart of the Tidy Towns award-winning village of Castlecoote, PJ’s has gone from strength to strength as a live music venue over the last seven years. The pub played a vital role in hosting successive Fleadh Cheol in 2017 and 2018.

  Bernie Naughton, who runs the pub alongside her husband PJ, says bands are coming from all over to perform.

  “It’s at the stage now where bands are contacting us to see if they can play here. We’ve even had international groups here including Rapid Grass from Colorado and Nu Blu from North Carolina. The pub will even be showcased in Colorado and North Carolina as part of those groups’ European tours,” she said.

  Bernie says the success of PJ’s wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the local community.

  “As well as our very supportive family, we wish to say thank you to our loyal customers who create a wonderful atmosphere at PJ’s for our regular music sessions and indeed throughout the week. While PJ and I work very hard, we couldn’t do it without our bar staff who treat the business as if it was their own.

  “When we started in Castlecoote, Fuerty had won the junior championship and were on their way to the All-Ireland final so we saw that as a good omen! Of course we’re very proud of all our local clubs including Oran, Creggs, Athleague and St. Ciaran’s too. The players and members of these clubs are a credit to their parents and management whenever they visit PJ’s.

  “We are looking forward to many more years being part of such a wonderful community and would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the Dolan family to the community and wish them the very best as they take over at Dalton’s in Fuerty. Best wishes also to Creggs and Athleague in the Pride of Place awards,” she said.

  PJ’s is the home of regular music sessions each Tuesday during the summer as well as monthly Sunday sessions. Keep an eye on PJ’s Facebook page for updates.