Tag Archives: Tommy MacManus

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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The fabulous Baker Boy – The late Vinny Baker

I was knocked for six on July 20th to learn that the incredible Irish guitarist, songwriter, producer, family man and friend Vinny Baker died suddenly. Aged just 62, Vinny had years left in him and I was always sure that one day he would gain worldwide attention for his art. A master guitarist in many […]

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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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