Image shown: James O'Flynn and Kevin O'Shanahan from The Claddagh Rogues perform at First Fortnight Cork 2017 with guest musician John Spillane

James O’Flynn and his band The Claddagh Rogues are performing a free gig at Cork Lifelong Learning Festival on Thursday 6 April 2017. The Claddagh Rogues started life during an artist-in-resident project at the Cork Simon Community in 2007, led by musician and clinical nurse Kevin O’Shanahan who specialises in mental health and the arts for Cork’s mental health services.

The band, joined by guest musicians Caoimhe Conlon (flute) and Edel Sullivan (fiddle), are performing in the foyer of CIT Cork School of Music from 5-6pm. The performance will be followed by a conversation event with lead singer James who spent most of his early life in prison, under psychiatric care and homeless on the streets of Cork.

In 2017 and 2018, The Claddagh Rogues will be touring their new album For the Record across Ireland. For the Record is available as a download and a limited-edition vinyl album from

The Claddagh Rogues are supported by HSE South’s Cork Arts and Health Programme, Cork City Arts Office, Cork Mental Health Services and MusicAlive.

For further information on Cork Lifelong Learning Festival visit


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