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Hit musical On a Wing and a Prayer to make a very special return to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar in May

Due to popular demand, the hit musical On a Wing and a Prayer is making a very special return to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar in May.

‘Very special,’ because the dates mark the centenary of the birth of the extraordinary Monsignor James Horan, builder of Knock, who was born on May 5th, 1911. He was also, of course, the builder of Ireland West Airport Knock.

The show will again be staged on Thursday, May 5th, and Saturday, May 7th, at 8 pm and a large contingent is expected to travel from Britain for the shows. Another party is travelling from Boston.  The shows will mark the birth of  Monsignor Horan in a very unique manner.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other celebrities have been invited to attend what should be a memorable occasion.

Again, proceeds from the shows will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.  The shows will also mark the launch of an exciting DVD on the life and times of Monsignor Horan. It has been shot on location in the region and features many of the songs from the musical. The DVD has been directed by Tommy Marren and features many local landmarks, including Knock Shrine Basilica and Knock Airport. It will sell at 14.99 euro, again with proceeds in aid of the Hospice which has ambitious development plans.

On a Wing and a Prayer The Musical is the creation of Terry Reilly who co-wrote this production with Tommy Marren of Mid West Radio. It has already played to 12,000 people on six nights over the winter.

Pat Jennings of the Royal Theatre is predicting another sell-out with many tickets already snapped up. It has proved to be the fastest selling show at the Theatre. See