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The Big Launch

Well Folks, we are delighted to Launch our two Albums tomorrow night – starting at 8pm in Droichead Arts Centre. We have been working on  Much Blindin’ Down the Marsh for the last few months and a big thanks is due to Wally, Eilis and Donal for all their hard work.  Donal , in particular did some brilliant work on the recording and mastering side and we would like to thank all the Staff in louthlouthmusic offices for all their hard work behind the scenes in preparing for the launch. We also be presenting music from the Madam, I’d Like to Be Tossin Your Hay and Pitcher Hill CDs  at the Launch

We are delighted to be able to Launch the Pitcher Hill CD at last. It has lain in the vaults since 2002. It hopefully be a fitting testament to the great Wally Murphy, a brilliant songwriter and musician who will at last get the recognition he deserves in his home town.


I’m delighted to announce the imminent Launch of TWO (yes two) Albums. The first is ‘ Much Blindin’ Down the Marsh’ – my follow up to ‘Madam I’d like to be Tossin’ Your Hay’ .

As I was finishing the album with Donal, I came across minidiscs of recordings made by Pitcher Hill in 2002. Pitcher Hill was Wally, myself and Johnny Gray and in a big way this album is released to showcase Wally’s songwriting and banjo style. Watch this space for further announcements !.

Pitcher Hill 2002

Reflections on the 2015 Season

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Well, the portents for the 2015 season were ominous when a certain centre back was the first player signed and the expected signings from the manager’s previous club did not materialise, and the season limped on and whatever luck we had it ran out after about 4 games and on and on it went, pathetic it was until suddenly he upped and left after realizing he could do nothing with the players he signed and the poisoned chalice was passed to Boyler and Mark and they could do feck all with the situation, the final humiliation was the trouncing by the town and some of the rats on the sinking ship started blaming each other and on it went and it was not a season to remember and november came as a blessed release…………

Reflections on the 2014 Season

Season 2014 in some ways wasn’t even as good as a Curates egg. With the glorious Cooke era at an end Robbie took charge and started off like a train hammering four goals part the eventual league winners Dundalk in our first home match. Making Gavin captain proved to be a miscalculation, but it was made for the best of reasons.


As the season progressed, we proved inconsistent all over the shop, not helped by a long term injury to Miceal Schlingerman and by mid-summer things had gone from bad to worse and following heavy defeats to Pats and (of all teams) Athlone, Robbie stepped down to be temporarily replaced by Drogs’ favourite Darius Kierans.

Darius & Neale
Darius & Neale

As Darius did not have the required Pro Licence, it could only be a temporary appointment, until a permanent replacement was found. Together with Neale Fenn, Darius literally picked the team up off the floor and gave them their confidence back and over a few weeks, we literally saw a different team on the pitch, full of confidence and good football. Eventually Damien Richardson was appointed until the end of the season and although he talked a good game, it was hard to see what difference Rico made as our good Darius-era fizzled out by the end of the season.

One particularly heart-warming story during the season was Gary O’Neill’s fight and victory over the big C.


It was truly wonderful to see the esteem that such a great player is held in by everybody in Irish Football , and he fittingly won the Irish Soccer Writers award in March . We wish Gary all the best for the future.

It was farewell also to Fabio, who left the Club at the end of the Season. There is no more to be said about this wonderful player except to say that the reel which has been written in his honour is a very nice tune.


A good start…….

DK_maloneThe portents before last Friday’s at United park were not good – a blustery night and a very strong Dundalk team hoping to make amends for their Cup Semi defeat last season. Thankfully United Park (no more hunky please) was a buttimer-free zone and the game was played in good spirits throughout, sensibly refereed by Paul McLaughlin.

Without a great deal of fanfare, Robbie has been quietly assembling his Senior Squad and dealing with other off-field issues, and for the first time in a long number of seasons , the Drogs fielded 9 of last year’s squad with newcomers Daire Doyle and Paul Andrews in midfield and central defence respectively.

The Drogs gave a remarkable performance throughout, with Andrews returning to the Club after a number of years away and slotting beside McNally with great presence on the filed. Two of last year’s squad , Eric Foley and Dotsy, who were ‘not fancied’ by last year’s man gave great performances. But it was mostly a great team performance by the Drogs so irresistable that Dundalk emptied a very strong bench in the second half to almost no avail.

The Drogs took the lead after 20 minutes when Gavin Brennan slipped thriough a static Dundalk defence and we had chances to increase our lead in the second half but he visitors scraped a 93rd minute equaliser to send the game to pennos. It was fitting that Micheal made to crucial save to give us the Cup and it was great to see Eric Foley deservedly take the trophy.

Team : Schlingerman, Daly, Grimes, Andrews, McNally, Doyle, Foley, Brady, O’Neill, Brennan, O’Brien. Subs Crowley, Hughes, Mccann, McGuigan, Walshe, McCann, Connolly.

Joe and Eddie

Joe & EddieIn 1981 Joe teamed up with Eddie Clarke to produce one of Irish traditional music’s most important albums, a recording of duets of Fiddle and chromatic Harmonica. Cavan man Eddie has been avid listener at Joe and John Kelly’s Session at O’Donoghue’s on Friday and Saturday nights. The album shows the uncanny closeness of the fiddle and harmonica playing, particularly in the phrasing and rolling. Joe said that Eddie would come to listen every weekend ‘for years’ before the enforced absence of John Kelly on one particular night led a fellow-customer in O’Ds to suggest to Joe that himself and Eddie ‘try a few tunes’. In Joe’s words ‘he knew every tune I started !’

Thus began one of Irish traditional music’s great duets…….enjoy !