Reeling In The Showband Years

Sunday 20th March 2022, 8:00pm

Reeling In The Showband Years

Due to the updated government guidelines the Reeling In The Showband Years concert which was due to take place on 23rd January 2022 has been rescheduled to.


Existing tickets remain fully valid for this new date. 

The Ronan Collins Showband Show, “Reeling In the Showband Years”, has been a smash hit for the past 11 years, and we are delighted to say it returns to UCH on Sunday 23rd January 2022 to celebrate it’s amazing 12th year touring and filling theatre’s all around Ireland.

Check out the fantastic line up for 2022!

RTE’s Ronan Collins as always is host and compare.

Red Hurley, living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 year, is back! One of the superstars of the Showband era, Red has had a huge international career which has spanned the US from Las Vegas to the Deep South.

His great big soaring voice has captivated audiences since he first hit the stage with The Nevada Showband. Hear his stunning voice on songs from “How Great Thou Art” and “When”, to up tempo numbers such as “Tennessee Special” and more big hits!

Linda Martin, another Irish showbusiness legend, also returns in 2022. Lead Singer with that great band “Chips”, and of course winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with “”Why Me”, Linda has also enjoyed an extensive career on RTE. All her smash hit songs will all be included in this show.

Host Ronan Collins will also perform his renowned tributes to the great Joe Dolan, the Eurovision and much more!

Keith and Lorraine McDonald are the great Brother and Sister combination from one of the oldest musical families in Ireland. Their father, Frankie, was trumpet player with Joe Dolan for many years. Lorraine is one of the brightest talents to emerge from the late Showband era and Keith is a star in his own right!  Their hit show “Keith & Lorraine’s Music Hour” on Spotlight TV (Sky 365), has enjoyed the Number One rating in the for weeks.

We are delighted to welcome back Shaun O’Dowd to this year’s show! With his band “Ding-A-ling” he was one of the biggest acts in Ireland right through the 70’s. He topped the charts for weeks with his smash hit records “You Are No Angel” and “It’s Good To See You”.

Tullamore man, Dave Lawlor, has a magnificent voice and his smash hit record in the 1970’s was ”Showband’s on Parade”!

The Conquerors Showband was one of the greatest Showbands of them all and the band is still packing them in everywhere they go. The Galway boys sang “Baby Blue” and many more hits.

As always the show’s exciting finale is an all cast salute to the wonderful Showband Era, bringing you back in time to this magical musical period and sending you home with great memories of the best time in Irish music!


Presented by Tommy Swarbrigg


We are very excited to welcome you back to live music.

In order to keep artists, staff, crew and audiences safe, we ask that you adhere to current public health advice when attending a show at UCH:

  • Please do not attend the show if you are suffering with any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Patrons are required to present valid proof of immunity eg. EU Digital Covid Certificate and ID on arrival at UCH.
  • Minors who do not hold proof of immunity must be accompanied by an Adult who carries proof of immunity. Any group bookings including minors should be booked directly through the Box Office on 061 331549
  • Tickets must be pre-printed at home or can be presented on a mobile device for admission. Ticket collection will not be available on the day.
  • Patrons are required to wear masks at all times, including during the performance. Patrons will not be granted access to UCH unless they are wearing a mask.

Patrons are required to follow the most up to date government guidelines at the time of the show and should also familiarise themselves with the full list of UCH guidelines for ticketholders outlined here.

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