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Terry McMahon’s Mullingar Patrick’s Day parade

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Today (Wednesday January 28) will see writer/director Terry McMahon bring his new film ‘Patrick’s Day’ on a bit of a parade back to his hometown Mullingar for a special screening at the Mullingar IMC. For me it’ll be my first chance to see one of his features on the big screen. I only got to see […]

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Bill O’Herlihy – Not necessarily wanting to leave it there…

For a recent edition of Ireland’s Eye I had the great pleasure of spending a morning with Bill O’Herlihy. He talked liberally about his life and career, how he thinks Fine Gael made a mess of Irish Water and how they “need to get their act together” if they want to get re-elected, and more […]

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Medium Sized Town, Fairly Big Story – Launch this Thursday night!

It’s been out for two weeks but my ‘Medium Sized Town, Fairly Big Story’ book on Gill and Macmillan is officially being launched this Thursday night, Nov 20th, at 7pm in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar. The launch is taking place upstairs. I am delighted that Hector is performing the official launch, apt as it was […]

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Mullingar’s ‘Cavern Club’ The Stables closes down

On Wednesday October 1st Ireland is to lose one of its longest-established music venues as The Stables and Yukon Bar close. Owners Tommy and Miriam MacManus have, after 43 years at the helm of their Dominick Street venue, decided to call it a day. They pulled no punches when they said the closure is down to a […]

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Morrissey, Marr and Mullingar

Morrissey, Marr and Mullingar, as published in the Westmeath Topic today, Wednesday August 13 — One of the most influential bands in the history of rock music, The Smiths, were, it seems inspired by none other than Joe Dolan. Ahead of his concert at Leapordstown Racecourse last week, former Smiths guitarist now solo star Johnny […]

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The late Ronnie Plant

Your health is your wealth is a mantra one hears practically every day of the week. For naturopath Ronnie Plant it became a mantra to which he devoted his life. Whilst in his eighties, Ronnie published a pair of books on natural health which are absolutely essential reading. The genial, friendly Naturopath travelled the country advising […]

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Garth Brooks: He never went away you know…

Blame it all on my roots So Garth Brooks has just sold out a fifth Croke Park show in Dublin… If there’s a sixth, it too will sell out quicker than a jiver on the turn, adding another 80,000 to the 400,000 Irish people (that’s one tenth of the population) already making the pilgrimage to […]

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One more thing gets thrown up on stage and I’m leaving… Meat Loaf in Ireland ’89

The following is a piece I wrote in 2011 when I was a working journalist. I’m not anymore, but recently – out of the blue – the respected and rather brilliant music blogger and journalist Nialler9 kindly asked me for a read, so I’ve put it back up. Here’s Meat Loaf in Moate. I believe […]

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Those classic mix tapes revisited

The demise of the cassette tape was never fully experienced in my kitchen or in my wife’s car over the past number of years. I have about ten tapes set aside which still get played to bits, most of them are compilations but there are also a few albums in there too, such as Iron […]

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Bon Jovi, RDS, June 30 – If there was a doctor in the house he was probably at the bar

If there was a modern day award for ‘Mr Showbiz’ it would have to be handed to Jon Bon Jovi, who last week returned to Ireland for two nights at the RDS and a spot of knee surgery. Even though Bruce Springsteen would probably be the rightful holder of the award – there’s no show […]

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