When Longford man Dermot Hegarty topped the Irish charts in 1970, a line from the classic song contained the words: “For 21 years is a mighty long time.” That may be true, but 50 years is a cause for celebration.

Dermot will celebrate the occasion at the gala Galway Sessions in the Salthill Hotel on Monday 6 November, in the company of such legends as Big Tom and John Glenn, Merle’s Haggard’s ex-wife Leona Williams and a host of other artists.