Image shown: James O'Flynn and his band The Claddagh Rogues

The Claddagh Rogues are embarking on a nationwide performance and discussion tour for Mental Health Month in October 2017. Their new album For the Record explores experiences of homelessness, addiction, mental health difficulties and recovery. Lead singer James O’Flynn and Kevin O’Shanahan, the Arts and Mental Health Co-ordinator for West Cork Mental Health Services who play drums with the band, will take part in discussion events at key venues. 

The Claddagh Rogues’ songs raise the soul out of the dust, trials, and tribulations of everyday life.’  – Evelyn Grant, Lyric FM

The Claddagh Rogues will be joined by special guests throughout the tour including John Spillane and Míde Houlihan. Alongside more traditional venues, The Claddagh Rogues will tour to community, health and prison settings. An all-day event will take place at the new Centre for Wellness and Creativity in Skibbereen on World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October each year.

About The Claddagh Rogues

James O’Flynn and his folk band The Claddagh Rogues have battled their fair share of demons to consistently produce passionate music rooted in the troubles of life. The Claddagh Rogues were born from an artist-in-resident project at the Cork Simon Community in 2007, led by clinical nurse and musician Kevin O’Shanahan. They have produced two EPs and their first album, For the Record, launched at the First Fortnight festival in January 2017 with guest performer John Spillane. The album pays tribute to Claddagh Rogues co-founder Mags Kelly, who recently passed away.


2 October | Cork University Hospital 
The Atrium, 1-2pm

3 October | Skibbereen
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre: Open Door Music Session, 7pm

5 October | Castletownbere
Beara Coast Hotel: The Claddagh Rogues and guests, 7pm

10 October: World Mental Health Day | Skibbereen
49 North Street, Centre for Wellness and Creativity: The Claddagh Rogues and guests, 1-3pm. Art exhibition curated by Sarah Ruttle, 1-5pm.

11 October | Waterford
Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing, lunchtime performance at University Hospital Waterford with guest musicians Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher, 1-2pm

13 October | Schull
Newman’s with singer-songwriter Míde Houlihan and Karen Minihan, 8pm

14 October | Bantry
Maritime Hotel: Live Life and Song concert presented by Bantry Community Choir with special guest John Spillane, Muintir Bhaire Men’s Choir, Bantry Folk Group and more, 8pm

17 October | Bantry
Centre for Mental Health Care & Recovery, Bantry General Hospital, 1-3pm: Art exhibition curated by Sarah Ruttle. This event is invite only. Contact for further information.

18 October | Limerick
Dolans (Acoustic room) with special guests Seoda Chamber Choir, 7pm

23 October | Skibbereen
49 North Street, Centre for Wellness and Creativity: Acoustic performance as part of the launch of the Recovery Stories project by Dr. Pat Bracken, 1-3pm

24 October | Cork Prison
Private performance – not open to the public

26 October | Ballydehob
Levis’ Bar with Míde Houlihan and guests, 7pm


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 tour dates and further information visit musicalive.

Listen to songs and purchase For the Record at


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