Along with a lot of local help, Tom has been producing The Booley House show since it was conceived in 1991. He is known not to stand by on the side-lines, and takes part in the show himself performing along with the set dancers he teaches. Tom is also the chairman of Ballyduff Comhaltas branch, as well as the local set-dancing class teacher.
His students have had a huge amount of competition success throughout the years throughout the different age groups. However Tom considers the “craic” and enjoyment of dance to be the real goal worth achieving. He is well-known in the local community for his very successful fund-raising efforts and his strong belief in preserving the traditions of Irish music, dance and song. In his eyes, “the most important purpose of The Booley House Show is not as a commercial tourist venture, but as a stage to develop the skills and talents of our local dancers and musicians. But it is with great pride that we share this with our audiences night after night”.
I have been playing the bodhrán for a long time now. In recent years I have branched out into other forms of percussion in order to enhance my performance in the show which I have been part of for nearly quarter of a century. As well as performing with the Booley House group I often play with good friends/great musicians which I thoroughly enjoy
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle at the age of eight, taking lessons from Bobby Gardiner.
John lives in a small village outside Clonmel called Newcastle. John is a relatively new member of the Booley House, having joined in 2014.
Brendan Hails from Stradbally, County Waterford and has been playing Fiddle for almost 20 years now.
James Lenane is recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost storytellers and is well known in theatre circles as an accomplished award winning actor and director.
Tony Dunne is the lead accordion player with the Booley House show and is one of the longest running members of the band having been with us since the start.