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Re: Happy New Year to one and all
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I'm not sure about about the Harp Advert Digger but I found this about Pat's story of the Horslips Larry Gogan - New Year Eve Live broadcast. It seems to be written by Eamon.

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www.skerriesnews.ie published September 2007
Memories of Red Island, Skerries - by EAMON CARR


Although it's no longer with us, I seem destined to be forever linked with Red Island.

And that's not a bad thing. Because my memories of the old holiday camp are only good.

The venue became a regular fixture on Horslips' touring itinerary in the 1970s. But my first trip to the Head wasn't with the band. It was to visit a schoolmate who'd taken a summer job there as all-round go-for and dishwasher.

Tommy and I lived on the same street. As kids we were in the same boxing club together. He was a few years older and bloodied my nose plenty of times. But, when we wound up in the same boarding school, Tommy looked out for me, gave me good advice and made sure I wasn't being picked on by the older boys.

As a young teenager, Red Island marked his first step into an adult world. They were innocent times and I was impressed that he was meeting, and working alongside, women from all over Ireland. And, in those days, most of the residents at Red Island were from England. This I had to check out. We had a laugh that sunny afternoon. He didn't want to hang around the job so we walked along the south strand investigating the arcades, playing a few tunes on a jukebox, turning down an opportunity to play Pongo and taking a few snaps in our smartest clothes. Dudes, don'tcha know.

Tommy was officer material. Indeed, he'd just made the grade with flying colours in the army when he died tragically in a car accident.

I couldn't escape experiencing a twinge of sadness the next time I set foot on the Head. But by then much had changed.

A few months earlier, I'd been working by day and having a bit of fun in the evenings with my mates, mixing traditional tunes on fiddles and concertinas with rock'n'roll drums and electric guitars. Horslips had enjoyed a couple of surprise hits in the Irish charts and my life had changed dramatically. By this stage the perceived security of a day job was gone and I was touring with the band. At times it felt a bit like having run away with the circus. The idea of getting paid for clowning around had its own special charm.

The ballroom in Red Island appeared enormous to us. It seemed inconceivable that we'd attract an audience. While the pre-gig soundcheck was fraught, as the crew did battle with particularly tricky acoustics in the room, we enjoyed the most splendid vista afforded by any gig, anywhere in the world.

Those who were there will recall an enormous window wall at the opposite end to the stage. That afternoon we watched the light turn the blue sea to a sheet of silver out past The Captain's and all the way to Rockabill. It was magical. No wonder the place had been such a hit with holiday-makers.

Over the years, Horslips' gigs at Red Island became more and more riotous affairs. Quite often, they were sell-out shows, which added to the sense of anticipation and occasion.

I regularly meet people who recall those hot, sweaty, madcap nights. Word once reached the band that some travelling fans had broken into a school. As a result, our visits generated a whiff of controversy as some local people, fearing an invasion of crazed hooligans, objected to the gigs going ahead.

I routinely meet people who turned out to see Horslips in Red Island. Just last month, a perfectly respectable-looking Dublin man approached me and said how much he'd enjoyed seeing us at the venue. You can imagine my surprise when he told me of the night he and his pals were stranded in the town, with no way of getting back to the city. "We broke into a school," he revealed. "We didn't do any damage, except to a window. But we were desperate for some place to put our heads down for the night."

When I saw documentary-maker Maurice Linnane's film on Horslips, The Return Of The Dancehall Sweethearts, I was astonished to hear the Edge say his first live rock gig as a kid was seeing Horslips at Red Island. But I shouldn't have been too surprised. Red Island seemed a magnet for interesting characters.

When Thin Lizzy came home in triumph following the chart success of Whiskey In The Jar, they played Red Island. Philip (Lynott) was crashing in the flat of our tour manager at the time, so, before we went to play our own show somewhere else, he and I drove out to meet up and catch the soundcheck. I'd never seen another band on that stage before so it was interesting to see how Brian Downey's drumkit looked from down on the floor.

There have been other well known talents who've told me they shared the bill with Horslips in Red Island at some point or other. Actor Joe Savino fronted a band. Sax virtuoso Richie Buckley played some early stints there before going on to work with Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker. And Marty Whelan still complains about some long forgotten soundcheck hassle whenever we meet. Yes, Marty once played in a band.

Red Island once became the centre of New Year's Eve festivities for the entire country. It was around '77 or '78, with a live link to Larry Gogan in the RTE radio studio. There was a stylish introduction from Larry, a midnight countdown and then the band and audience cracked into a creaky version of Auld Lang Syne (is there any other type?) before returning to a more familiar repertoire. Afterwards radio listeners remarked that the crowd sounded wild and uncontrollable.

We felt they'd been more reserved than usual. They'd been on their best behaviour for fear of letting the side down. They were infinitely more boisterous when the national broadcaster wasn't around.

I made some lifelong friends at those Red Island gigs, among them Skerries resident Dave McLoughlin, who became a big wheel in advertising and marketing. And TT fanatic, Myles Lally, who made an invaluable contribution to the Horslips' story by loaning me his drums when we reformed to appear on the Late Late Show and some other RTE programmes.

Photographer Paul Callaghan, one of the trio who organised an exhibition of Horslips memorabilia at the Orchard Gallery in Derry (which features in Linnane's documentary) was a regular at the band's Red Island gigs. "They were amazing," he claims. "In summer, it would still be daylight until about 11 o'clock. Before the band would come on, you could stand there and admire the marvellous views. It was a unique experience."

The interest in the band that exhibition generated was remarkable. The organisers (Jim Nelis, Stephen Ferris and Paul Callaghan) found themselves inundated with posters, photographs, ticket stubs and old newspaper cuttings from all around the world.

One of the more interesting items that turned up was a copy of a student magazine called School Echo. It came from Skerries. And it contained a cartoon by Charles O'Connor, the man who sang Dearg Doom and designed the band's album sleeves.

I remember the day well.

It was at one of our early, if not the first, appearances at Red Island, while the road crew were setting up the equipment on stage, that the band drove back into the town in search of fish'n'chips. With the fishing boats in the harbour as a backdrop, we were scoffing what would be our lunch, dinner and tea, when a group of schoogirls approached and asked for an autograph. Charles went one better. He quickly sketched a jokey cartoon of the group in what was our first band wagon, a battered old purple van we'd bought from the English rock group Ashton, Gardner and Dyke. (They'd been in the charts a year or two earlier with Resurrection Shuffle.)

You can't miss me. I'm the good-looking clean-shaven one, second from the right. You always had to look your best for Red Island, right?

Published exclusively by Skerries News, September 2007

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Re: Happy New Year to one and all
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Happy New Year to one and all.
It occurs to me we've been hailing the New Year at this website for 20 years and still, perhaps even more now than then, the band are being talked about in Irish media almost very week.
And Pat, I hadn't heard that there was a live New Years Eve broadcast on RTE radio.

Yes, hopefully some of us will meet up through the year. Let's hope its a good one.

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Happy Christmas
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Happy Christmas to the people that have looked in here for many many years.

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Re: Songs From the Fever Ship
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You're right Mark, and there was quite some fun about the lateness at that gig.
There is more to tell and unfold about the Album. But not tonight.
Mean time check out Eamonn Dowd's site. "Songs from a Fever Ship" has 3 physical formats and several digital formats.


http://www.eamonndowd.com/music.html

And again.. it is indeed splendid.

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Re: Look who's supporting Horslips !
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Indeed. So we have a very chuffed house.

Here's Ember Trails at Belfast last year.


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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Elvis Costello apparently had the idea for Oliver's Army on the way back to England from Belfast after seeing the troops on the streets.
Another Belfast-Berlin connection is Nena's 99 Red Balloons. As I understand it ( Mike,you'll know better than I)the song was imagined by Nena's guitarist at a Berlin concert when balloons were being released and he imagined them floating over the Berlin wall. I've heard an imagined scenario was the balloons (larger ones?) might have triggered military radars on both sides of the wall.
The band's keyboard player, Belfast man Kevin McAlea, translated the song into English and is credited for Lyrics.

...anyway as well as the Zens' Berlin Wall (a cover, I wonder who brought it into the set?), here's that other Berlin track.



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Re: Be Late Birthdays
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I'm just remembering, Mary Fran, that we met at the O2 and you might have said only your mother and Horslips called you "Mary Fran". If that right we are on select company.
Are the 3 Moylans going to the 5 March gigs? 3x5 = 15. Or are you sending your nephew who went to the Dusk premiere?

I think Don was threatening to go Dublin. I've met him. He's a shy and retiring type!

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Be Late Birthdays
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Mary Fran 12th of 12th
Don 11th of 11th.

Hope you are well and enjoyed your Birthdays.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Checkpoint Charlie
Fab Song.


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Re: HORSLIPS CON 2018 - FIRST ANNIVERSARY
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That was a great weekend. Myles was very shy though, timid wee lad, but he got through.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
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So it was the A side you sang. Who Can That Someone be?
That's a great claim. Unusual.
The Chicken Supper trio should have followed with "More Than you Can Chew".

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Re: Happy Birthday Eamon
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I'll add a Happy Birthday Eamon too.
As always, he seems to have several concurrent projects going.
Coming up is the release of the Eamonn Dowd album "Songs From The Fever Ship" with Eamon Carr lyrics.

Also Thursday 21st Nov 3pm Dublin' Tailors see him open an exhibition of his photographs frpm Kosovo. I might be able to go down on the bus for an hour or so.

Happy Birthday to Johnny also. I saw him in Naul and said hello. He did a wonderful I'll be Waiting. Just beautiful!

And while I'm here I hope every is up to speed about Horslips gigs - no Charles or Eamon - Ray (Sonetimes Myles) on drums next year. Dublin 17th March, Derry 14th March (I think it's sold out) and Ballyshannon - end of May.

If anyone wants details of the stuff above please ask.

And back to those Birthdays. I hope they were good.

...and hi Mad Moylans

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Re: Rescue Me
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Boney,
How are you?
Realtime "Rescue Me" tab video here.

https://chordu.com/chords-tabs-horslips-rescue-me-id_bdNeLv8EWvg

It's above beginner level, but maybe that's ok.

Here's hoping you loose 20 at Christmas.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Mike was your version related or unrelated to the Zens.
I can think of no connection whatsoever of Chickens to the Zens, Horslips or this forum.
Unless you count Clucky O'Connor.

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Galway Gig November 3rd
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A Galway link has appeared online this week. It seems after the gigs in Dunlaoghaire on 1st and 2nd of November the circus will move into the west to Galway Town Hall on Sunday the 3rd.

An excuse to visit ireland?

I'd booked a family holiday to foreign shores that, and the Halloween week before. I kinda wimpered to my wife "3 Horslips gigs the week we're away, maybe we could change?"
Not a word was said but she stopped what she was doing and gave me a direct steely stare...
Then, says I, "...but it would be too much bother,... do you know if we need petrol for the lawnmower?"


Https://mpv.tickets.com/?agency=TGMS_M ... on=true&onlyVoucher=false

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Re: POXMEN OF THE HORSLYPES - THE VERDICT
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Right Daragh.
With a large lot parking will be easy.
You're going to really like Horselips. Remember Brush Shiels doing The Fields of Athenry? Well that's close, but perhaps a shade less sophisticated than he.

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Re: POXMEN OF THE HORSLYPES - THE VERDICT
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Whoops....Daragh.
So we can say "That's an album Daragh Owens", but not "That's an album Daragh owns".

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Re: POXMEN OF THE HORSLYPES - THE VERDICT
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Quote:

GerardHennessy wrote:
Poxmen album has gone to a good home lovely people. And to a very new Horslips fan to boot, which is lovely. Thanks and apologies to everyone who got in touch and offered to buy.


I knew it! It was just a matter of time. Daragh was destined to become a fan sooner or later... and I won't boot you Daragh.

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Re: Hinterland Kells
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Rob..of course..
The Barry & Jim photo is from Ann Murtagh.
If its the mirinda video you want to share then please keep it intact with the photos of Eamon and Gwen, and the story caption too.

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Re: Hinterland Kells
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Kells Hinterland

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