Padraig Connaughton from Loughrea, Co Galway, will perform in the tour opening in Leisureland, Galway on Wednesday 5 June.
Padraig is a service manager in Leahy's Garage in Loughrea and a part-time sheep farmer. He is married to Helena and they have a baby daughter, Clara, born in March. For some years, Padraig performed with the West Coast Big Band in Galway. For Padraig, 'to sing with an orchestra anywhere would be a dream and it would be a great thing for my little girl to hear in a few years that her old man was a singer and not just a man who works in a garage and farms'. Padraig celebrates his 40th birthday on 12 June and has said that his appearance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the three sopranos in the tour opening in Galway on Wednesday 5 June will be 'one very special early birthday present'