She recorded and performed with stars like Billie Jo Spears, Ray Lynam, Foster and Allen, Charley Pride, Big Tom and Brian Coll, shared festival line-ups with Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Don Williams, Hank Locklin and many more and was awarded gold, silver and platinum discs.
Yet, throughout her extraordinary career, she has never forgotten where she came from, and it is the love and inspiration of her husband, Tom, her close family and her worldwide fan base that have made her the warm and generous star we know and love.
Here Philomena Begley takes us from her happy beginnings as a bread-man's daughter in Pomeroy through the devastating loss of her brother Patsy and the risks of touring Ireland at the height of the Troubles, right up to her fiftieth anniversary in show business in 2012 - her `gold and silver days'.
Multi-award-winning singer Philomena Begley is an Irish country star whose international career in show business spans fifty-five years. Philomena lives in Galbally, County Tyrone with her husband, Tom, and she is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of five. When not entertaining the masses, Philomena enjoys spending time with her family, following Tyrone GAA and baking. Emma Heatherington is a bestselling author from Donaghmore, County Tyrone. Her novels include the UK Top Ten Amazon Kindle hit The Legacy of Lucy Harte (HarperImpulse, HarperCollins, 2017) which is also translated internationally. Emma has also penned three stage musicals and over sixty educational short films and plays. She lives with her partner, Jim McKee, and together they have five children aged from 2 to 21 years old.