Declan O’Rourke

Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland


8:30 PM

* Rescheduled to 6th July *
The Oldtown Music Company & The Stables Presents

Declan O'Rourke live at The Stables

RESCHEDULED – Declan O’Rourke
The Stables – Mullingar Friday 24th May

We sincerely regret to inform you that due to illness the above show will not go ahead as planned, and has been postponed until Sat 6th of July.

Those wishing to refund tickets purchased through Eventbrite please contact The Oldtown Music Company at or message us here.

Tickets bought from the venue may be refunded at Smiddy’s Bar. (087) 9612091

All tickets for original show are valid for new date.


The Oldtown Music Company & The Stables Presents

Declan O’Rourke live at The Stables, Mullingar, Saturday 6th July 2019

We are absolutely delighted to welcome back Declan O’Rourke to the Stables this July. It’s been too many years since he last filled the venue with his voice and songs! Declan is a national treasure of a songwriter and we can’t wait for this one.

Praise for Declan’s 2017 album “Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine”

Winner of Best Original Folk Track – RTE Folk Awards 2018

Voted Irish album of the year 2017 – Irish Mail on Sunday… “will surely come to be seen as his defining album.”
Nominated for Album of the year, Critics choice, 2017 – fRoots magazine U.K.
Voted No.1 Folk / Trad release of 2017 – London Celtic Punks webzine.… “An amazing album.”
Voted Album of the year 2017 by Marty Whelan on RTE Lyric fm… “Truly special.”
★★★★ – Songlines Magazine UK… “Delivered with consummate grace. Beautifully played. Exquisitely detailed.”
Reviewed over 13 consecutive days in ‘The Woodstock Whisperer’ online publication, NY… “Remarkable.”
Voted one of Irish Beats ‘Best Irish Albums of 2017’… “A masterpiece.”
“A work of art from start to finish. This will be around forever.” Lynette Fay – Folk Club, BBC Radio Ulster.
“Epic” – Cara (Aer Lingus inflight magazine).

“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke. The gravity of the deliberation in their melodies, their calmly sustained phrases, their fatalistic undertone — informs his songs, whether they’re about faithful love or reckoning with elemental forces. — His calling is a balladeer, proffering re-assurance in the face of inevitable sorrow.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.”

– Brendan Graham, Hot Press Magazine (Mar 2012)

Paul Weller singer-songwriter : “He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.”

John Prine singer-songwriter : “Declan O’ Rourke is a great songwriter. He is a fine fellow too and I believe the missing link to the Inkspots.”

Glen Hansard Oscar-winning singer-songwriter : “Declan O’Rourke is one of the rare breed, he arrived fully formed, his songs, and delivery belie his age, and ours. He’s a timeless troubadour with a voice that breaks through all your defenses and gets to the heart of the matter. One of the true greats of our island.”

About Declan O’Rourke

Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.”

O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar. Songs of Declan’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.

Venue Details

Smiddy's 11 Dominick Street
Mullingar, Westmeath
(044) 934 0251