Growing up in County Clare, I remember every year entertainment would come to Lahinch, where we spent out summers. Every year a play would be put on, starring some of the cast of The Riordans, a big soap from that era. And Eamon O'Connor would bring his variety show a few times during the summer. He worked with my dad before becoming a magician and comedian, and I was so delighted once when we bumped into him on the beach, and my father introduced me to him. In later years I got to know him well, and he was a lovely guy, and wickedly funny.
And of course, the circus always came to town. Summer was entertainment time.
Many years later I toured with a Kiddies Tribute Show, featuring Barney, Bob the Builder, and other luminaries of the small screen. We did every coastal town from Bray to Salthill. When we came to Blarney we were so busy we could not do the show in the hotel. We did it in the garden to accommodate the thousand people who showed up.
Live entertainment has taken a hit in this recession, but I believe that has to change. So I am taking a chance, and returning to what I loved as a child. This summer I will tour all of Cork, Kerry and maybe Waterford with a one-man panto, The Red Wizard and the Missing Dog. If you see my posters bring the kids along. Lets give them some memories for their dotage.