Two of Ireland's leading country music stars are appealing to local authorities to try and find a way to allow small socially distanced open-air shows to take place. 

They say the lack of activity in their industry is affecting people who usually attend dances and country music gigs but who have been unable to do so during the pandemic. 

At the Big Tom statue in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan this morning country singers Margo O'Donnell and Declan Nerney performed a number of songs, much to the surprise and delight of locals. 

They are hoping to highlight the positive impact country music and dancing has on people in a bid to get authorities to allow them run small, socially distanced outdoor events. 

"We performed there today and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope the people who were there and those who passed by enjoyed it," said Margo. 

"There are so many sad things happening and if we can just be a drop in the ocean of  bringing someone out of depression or loneliness, then I'll be happy," she added. 

Longford native Declan Nerney was happy to lend his support to the campaign. 

"It would lift the gloom of a town. Look at it here in Castleblayney today and people honking their horns as they drive by. We want to be part of that," he said.