• Well known singer Sean Costello, a native of Ballinrobe, is recovering from coronavirus at his home in Galway.

    Séan, who has played lead roles in musicals across the West for many years, also owns a chain of hairdressing and beauty salons, which of course are now closed due to Covid-19.

    The Ballinrobe native tested positive for Covid-19 in March after returning home from an annual skiing trip to Austria.

    He went into self-isolation within his home for 14 days, and feels he's now recovering from the virus, although still has a lingering cough.

    Sean is looking forward to reopening his businesses and resuming his singing career once this crisis passes.

  • The death has taken place of Sonny Knowles, the Dublin-born singer who rose to fame during Ireland's cabaret and showband era.

    Aged 86, he passed away peacefully at his home this morning surrounded by his family.

    Sonny's career spanned six decades and saw him perform as a member of the Johnny Butler Band, Earl Gill's Band, the Pacific Showband and Dermot O'Brien's showband.

    He is survived by his wife Sheila, their son Gary and daughters Aisling and Geraldine.

    Sonny Knowles, known as The Window Cleaner to his fans, was well-known as a saxaphone player before becoming a professional singer during the showband boom in the 1960's.

    He also presented a Sunday-morning show on Midwest Radio for a time in the early 1990's.