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Towering Performances at Tower Records

Towering Performances at Tower Records – Alan Finn talks about a promotional gig at Tower Records, 3 great new Irish acts It’s an unusual thing being invited to record store to review a gig, maybe I’m old fashioned but when I was invited to see Conor Hamilton’s set in Tower Records on Dawson... 

A Future Script

A Future Script 12th January 2015  Freedom of speech be it oral or pen Has been a law instigated since the creation of men And those who oppose must have something to hide Afraid of exposure on their slippery slide For the power of the pen will defeat in the end Be it written in scripts, or in emails... 

Within My Skin

Within My Skin The only housing worth worrying about Is the skin that protects my bones As it houses all I have in life From all outsides undertones And inside my head there’s a brain To guide me through the day To tell me all that I should do And help me safely along my way And deep within the motor... 

This Christmas Day

This Christmas Day  In a mixed up world full of violence and pain When just one day of peace on this earth is our gain And the worries we have are shelved for one day And bless those that’s sick is a prayer that we say And compassion is shown for all those that’s in need And to help those that’s... 

A Christmas Tale 27/12/13

A Christmas Tale 27/12/13 Once on a lonely winters night The snow blew all around The silent night was very still As the flakes piled on the ground An old man he lay motionless In an archway wet and damp With a blanket wrapped around him A silhouette beneath a lamp He huddled there to keep warm In his... 

Clannad – In a Life time

Clannad – In a Life time  – Gary Kelly meets with the famous Celtic Artistes before their performance last Sunday in the Olympia Theatre Last Sunday night was as nights go a pretty good one. I was treated to one of the best live performances I’ve ever experienced and not only that... 

The Pumpkin

The Pumpkin – Keeping with the Halloween Spirit, Tony Gorman writes a poem about when the pumpkin army comes to life! Now we need recipes! The Pumpkin  The orange glow of pumpkin fruit Spread far across the land Just like a field of soldiers Awaiting their command With Halloween almost here The... 

Fear and Reality

Fear and Reality On darkened nights when trees are bare And branch like arms hold owls that stare That hoots an eerie woodland sound An echoing shrill to all around And foxes screech in brambles deep To wake up all from slumber sleep And bring a fear within a mind Of ghostly images of a kind And... 

Ghosts, Spirits and things that go bump in the night

Ghosts, Spirits and things that go bump in the night   Rising like mist from the grave, gliding noiselessly through solid walls and doors, Ghosts have been woven into our consciousness for centuries.  Tales of the disembodied spirits of the dead appear in folk lore around the world and Ghost stories... 

Autumn in the Phoenix Park

Autumn in the Phoenix Park The autumn time has come once more And trees are changing their attire Some leaves they show a vibrant splay Of greens and yellows and red that glows like fire And when the dawn awakes And the sun it dances in the sky And its rays reflects the colours there A dappled reflection... 

Tito’s Dead and Going Through The Roof

Kieth Duffy’s Wife, Lisa, a fashion stylist, holding up a copy of the book Tito’s Dead and Going Through The Roof Last night I went to the official launch of “Tito’s Dead” by Dermott Hayes in Bruxelles on Harry Street.    I interviewed Dermott originally when the book... 

A flight of fantasy

A flight of fantasy Our lives are just like flight paths That takes us everywhere Sometimes when flying solo We glide without a care Most times we cruise automatically In directions that we know And at times we change to manual To avert some things that show We at times hold our head in the clouds To... 

Cool Clear Water

Cool Clear Water                               4th September 2014 by/Tony Gorman The mountains hung high over old Dublin town And the rain raised the streams as they cascaded down Over ledges so high as it gushed to the ground Causing rainbows to form as it splashed all around Filling... 

A Day at the Phoenix Park Races

  Phoenix Park Racecourse on 8th May 1946 Image credit to Clontuskert I remember those days when my youth was ablaze With ambitions of winning dosh fast When my mate Billy Browne turned the prices around As the tips he was given were vast At the Phoenix Park races we both had a go Of increasing... 

Bring Back Dublin of Old!

The Above picture is from The RTE Archives and Depicts a Dublin Metropolitan Constable Take the Dublin of today in an open sort of way And compare it with Dublin of past There were places you’d go without any fear And we thought those old days they would last We enjoyed a night out for a drink or... 

“Listen” New open mike nite for young musicians in Solas Bar

Song and music can lift ones heart and bring people together. On Sunday 8th June I was invited to an open mike where people can sing, play an instrument or both. “Listen” is a new service that has been put together by James Hamilton, the father of the up and coming singer/song writer Conor Hamilton.... 

A Trouble Shared is a Life Spared

It’s so sad to think that in a lot of cases of people committing suicide the signs are not recognised until after the person has taken their own life. Inquiries then take place but all too late and someone always says “I could see this was going to happen because of how the person was acting”,... 

Dublin 8 Musician’s Album Soars On Online Charts

Thomas Brunkard, brother of our esteemed website manager Eoghan and native of Dublin 8 has recorded an album of instrumental tracks that has been recently climbing the online charts.  Thomas has hit number 1 in the instrumental online chart and this accolade cannot go unnoticed by this Dublin 8 record... 

Diego & Eoghan – A Poem by Tony Gorman

  A friend in need is a friend indeed As Diego showed that day His instincts brought him straight to you In a canine sort of way For he showed that he had of aptitude In adventures of this kind And with his big brown eyes he soon surmised That food won’t be hard to find For you fit the bill to... 

Memory of Nelson’s Pillar by Tony Gorman

Another Charming Poem By Tony, You can’t help but enjoy them!  Memory of Nelson’s Pillar 8th May 2014 by/Tony Gorman I remember dear old Dublin back in my boyhood days So far back that in the westerns was a bearded Gabby Hayes And old Nelson on his pillar standing proud and tall and high As... 
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