There is something special about Westmeath. The warm and welcoming nature, and the easy-going and relaxed way of the people endears the county to so many. Stop off in Moate for some food and it is almost impossible not to become involved in conversation with the locals. That’s the Westmeath way.

They also know a whole lot about country music. It has been part of the culture of the region going back to the 1960s. Ray Lynam and The Hillbillies were the ultimate expression of all that is great about the music. The Moate-based combination won the hearts of a generation and still command a cherished place in the history of country music in Ireland.