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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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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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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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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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Flatlake Festival, June 3-5, 2011 – Review

Having spent four years reading about it from the pens of assorted culture junkies and hearing whispers on the wind from trusted heads and head-the-balls that it was the best festival in the country, my beloved and I finally got to dive into the Flatlake Literary and Arts Festival at the Hilton Park Estate in […]

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The Stables celebrates twenty years

EDIT: SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – Below was a piece I wrote for a music magazine in 2009 about 20 years of The Stables music venue in Mullingar, a venue I booked bands in for almost a decade with my good pal Declan Murray. Sadly, Wednesday October 1 2014 marks the end of the venue after […]

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