Below is an amusing collection of memories from the Drogheda music scene in the early 1980s, written by ex Drogheda man, Enda Murray, who now lives in Australia.

Punk in Drogheda – the 12 O’Clock Drunken Remix (Draft copy subject to correlation and more pints)

My experience of contemporary music (punk is as good a shorthand as I can find) in Drogheda came through my involvement with the New Musical Society (NMS).

The NMS was a group of people who came together in Drogheda in the early 80’s to entertain themselves and others with gigs, clubs and assorted nefarious activities. The NMS came together as a result of a number of events.

Mick Reid John White NMS

The first gig that was organised was in the Boxing club in 1981. It was organised as a benefit for the victims of the Stardust fire on Valentine’s Day 1981.

There was a couple of us who were particularly affected by the Stardust fire because we had been there exactly one month before (14th January 1981) for a gig by the Specials and the Beat (I still have the ticket stub). I went to the gig under my own steam but I’m sure there was a bus from Drogheda with Ciaran ‘Quigser’ Quigley and the Ballsgrove mods.

I was hanging around with Roger ‘Goosey’ Reilly and I tagged along with him to the Jayteens gigs which I think were in the Summer of 1980. I remember being smitten with the excitement and the energy – so much so that I did stayed for the end of the gig and didn’t go back to work as a nurse’s aid in St. Mary’s Hospital and was promptly fined by the nuns.

I hung out some more with Goosey and spent as much time as I could in the Carlton where he was practising with the Enzymes. Roger was a bit of a guru for me and I was impressed by his ideas such as dressing as convicts complete with leg irons for New Year’s Eve 1978 (despite there being no fancy dress on) and then carrying a coffin bearing the Remains of the 70’s across West St. before setting it alight and tossing it into the Boyne from the Bridge of Peace on New Year’s Eve 1979.

We were keen to find a place for the bands who had come together for the Jayteens gigs to find some more local gigs because there was nowhere to play in Drogheda at the time. I was also keen to find something to do on Saturday afternoons and hopefully meet some GIRLS.

The Jayteens gigs took place in a deathtrap basement in the Lourdes Band bandrooms in the Backlanes opposite the back of the Augustinian church. There were a couple of discos and at least one gig where the Enzymes (Goosey Reilly, Gavan Kierans, Joe McCormack) played along with a couple of other bands. Notable for me was the one and only memorable appearance of the Baldy Scaldies (Mick ‘Dali’ Reid, David ‘Gus’ Gavin and David ‘Milish’ Milne). I was a member of the band previous to the gig but dropped out beforehand (due to musical differences of course).

After the Jayteens gigs we called a meeting on a Saturday afternoon in the Community Services Centre in Fair St. and formed the New Musical Society. I pushed for the name because I got the idea from a New Music Society that had formed in Trinity College (where I was studying rats). Present were: me, Paul Lennon, Joe McCormack, Anne McAuley, Gavan Kierans, Goosey Reilly, Mary Roden, Michael Reid, Derek ‘Zip’ Traynor, Mary Doyle, Karen Doherty, Jackie Quinn and a few more who I can’t remember. John ‘Jack’ White joined soon after. I have the original Minutes book from that meeting somewhere so I can check it when I get a chance.

We had been trying for some time to get a practise room and ‘Youth drop-in’ centre off the ground. We had even spoken at a meeting of Drogheda Corporation to get access to an empty premises on James’ St. which was earmarked for demolition for the new dual carriageway. We were actually successful but then the County Manager overruled the corporation with a Section 4 and so we never got access to the premises.

We saw an opportunity to get a gig in the Boxing Club as a benefit for the Stardust. At the time it seemed that there were the ‘Oldies’ in the town who ran everything and owned everything and then there was us spotty youths with big ideas and Dunne’s Stores monkey boots (I couldn’t afford Docs).

We got the go-ahead from Johnny Connor and the gig was called the “Last Dance on the Titanic” (there is a poster for this gig still stuck to the ceiling in Carberry’s). I helped Goosey print the posters on his silk screen at the Carlton Restaurant.

Scheduled to appear were Enzymes, Ulterior Motives (Barry Loughran, Brian ‘Bug’ Hall); Prophecy (Frank Byrne); Against the Grain; Maggot and the Ashtrays (who by the time the gig took place had changed their name to the Frustrated Barristers); Aztec Demon Demon (Hennie Dennis, Martin ‘Lambsie’ Lamb, Paul Berrill and Ged Brady); Electra Glide and Midnight Blue.

I checked that everything was ok the day before but when I went down on the day of the gig Johnny Connor had sold his boxing ring (which was the stage in the club) the night before so we had to borrow tables from the Golden Days Club in the Community Services Centre in Fair St, carry them down to the Boxing Club and tape them together to make a stage.

I booked Brewster from Dublin to do the PA when I saw him doing sound for a lunchtime gig outdoors in Trinity College in Trinity Week. When he arrived I asked him whether he had brought guitar amps for the bands. ‘Don’t you have a backline’ he said? ‘What’s a backline? I said. I saw a worried look on his face and his next question was how many people were we expecting.I could see he was nervous about getting paid.

And so in the week that Vienna by Ultravox was Number One and Motorhead, Gloria and Joe Dolce’s Shaddup Ya Face was in the charts a new chapter in music began in Drogheda’s Boxing Club. The gig went off very well – there was ‘no aggro’ according to the Drogheda Independent review and 300 punters packed in to see this fine lineup of talent.

The review in the Drogheda Independent mysteriously mentions three more bands who were not included in the pre-gig publicity but who did play. Warr (Nicky Mallon, Tony Conaghy and Barry ‘Bazz’ Quinn –later to become Exile in the Kingdom); Manta (Noel ‘Mata’ Matthews) and the Baldy Scaldies (I think this may have been Dali and the Surrealists (Michael ‘Dali’ Reid).

Also worth a mention were the Frustrated Barristers (Patsy Flanagan, Maggot Caffrey, Charles ‘Res’ Fitzpatrick and the No Good Dancers).

I think we raised about 300 pounds for the Stardust and Aine Carberry videotaped the gig for Boyneside Radio (does this tape still exist??)

We were encouraged by this success and planned a second gig at the Boxing Club. The second gig was called “The last dance on the Titanic” which also had about 8 bands. Again we printed posters for it on Goosie’s silk screen.

There were some problems in the organization of this gig. The Frustrated Barristers wanted to play but never told us so we hadn’t put them on the bill. On the night of the gig they threw eggs at the stage and the eggs broke and splashed over Johnny Connors beautiful red velvet curtains which were hanging behind the band.We tried to dry clean the curtains but nothing could clean them. We ended up having to pay £70 to Charlie Wilde in Laurence St. to cut out the soiled parts and re-make the curtains.

There’s a great pic of Michael ‘Munich’ Reilly in West St. wearing a sandwich board with the Last Retreat from Russia poster on it among Michael Flanagan’s photos on this site.

We did a number of discos around town including one on the 24th September at the Star and Crescent. I was dressed up as a German Navy Admiral and drank a glass in the Weavers (because I had a dickie bow on) on my way to the S&C. Tony Clayton Lea dj’d and I heard Joy Division Love will tear us apart for the first time. I remember the date because it was my 21st Birthday. I bought a slice pan on the way to the S&C, stuck matches in the top, lit it, sang happy birthday and threw the slices around the hall. When I called down the next day the bloke from the S&C was HOSING the hall down and cursing the gobshites who had held the party the night before.

We also did a ‘Futurist’ disco in the Boyne Valley Hotel (pre Lucianos). I remember this because I printed posters using a wooden block system in Trinity College.

After the success of the Boxing Club gigs the NMS decided to put on a gig with ? in the back room of Sarsfields. At this stage the NMS were me, Paul Lennon, Jack White, Reido, Joe McCormack, Anne McAuley, Niall Kierans and Gavan Kierans.

Some of the punters from the front bar looked in to the back room to see what was going on. The next thing a chair came flying in the door, just missed whoever was on the door (probably Anne McAuley) and broke in pieces on the wall. We gathered up the bits of the chair and threw them over a wall in Francis St. so that Mrs. Sarsfield wouldn’t find them and charge us for damages.

Around this time Goosey Reilly and Mary Roden started the Subterranean at Biba’s night club in Number 1 Shop St. underneath the AOH.

This was a great club with a number of top New Year’s Eve parties. One of the Dj’s was Ruth Roden.

One of the few live gigs to take place at the Subterranean was a double bill with Microdisney and Five go down to the Sea (formerly the Nunattax).

Gigs that the NMS did in Sarsfields:
Some blokes from Monaghan? Who Ruth Roden recommended who played a version of Dire Straits’ Romeo & Juliette.

Cactus World News (?)

Five go down to the of the most memorable gigs we ever did. They did a version of ‘These boots were made for walking’. They stayed in our rented house in 242 Brookville.

We then did some gigs in Joey Mahers.

We used to arrange to meet the bands in the pub across the road on the corner of Fair St. and George’s St. because Joeys was never open on a Saturday afternoon.

Bands we did in Joeys were:

The Alsatians. ‘5 honours and a 175, an education and a license to drive one of the best songs of the era.

Zen Alligators. Memorable for the fact that ex Horslips guitarist , Johnny Fean, was unconscious in the band’s van with a bottle of spirits when he should have been soundchecking.

Freddie White. Never stopped haranguing the crowd to keep quiet.

Aslan. After the gig members of the band went missing with some female members of the audience.

Auto Da Fe. Gaye and Terry Woods had to be the most bad tempered musicians we ever dealt with.

Some Kind of Wonderful. Not sure how many gigs in Joeys but they certainly played at the New Years Eve gig in the Karate Club. This was the occasion when the Karate Club demanded compensation from us for a broken door or else they would ‘expose’ us to the media for the events of that night and the ‘items’ (condoms) which were discovered upstairs at the venue the following day. SKOW were being booked out by Denis Desmond of MCD.

In Tua Nua

Eugene (managed by Billy McGrath)

Around this time we also put on ‘Adored by Millions’ featuring Termonfechin’s most famous son Arthur Matthews (of Fr. Ted fame).

Joey Mahers then became the Swan Inn and had an increased capacity and the stage moved down to the Mell end of the building.
Gigs at the Swan were

Maura O’Connell
Paul Brady.
The Comedy Store with Billy McGrath.

Scullion. I toured the record shops in Drogheda with Phillip King looking for a copy of one of his records to bring to an interview with Boyneside radio. I don’t think we found one.

After Joey Mahers we moved to the White Horse Hotel in West St. (now Earth nightclub). Date?

Gigs we did in the White Horse were:

John Martyn twice. A sellout both times.

Moving Hearts. We did them twice. Once with Mick Hanly and once with Flo McSweeney.

Rocky De Valera and the Gravediggers. The power went off and the band kept the gig going singing acapella.

Virgin Prunes. Memorable for the fact that we got ripped off by their management. We ended up getting something like 5 pounds out of a 500 pound door. The gig was great.

A British new wave band who Ruth contacted, memorable for the fact that ‘Young Dixie’ headbutted me in the face when I tried to stop a fight.

The Blades

In 1983 we started doing the Dance Factory at the Rugby Club. The inspiration came from the Hacienda in Manchester and the Hirschfield Centre in Dublin, Dublin’s first gay club which was eventually firebombed. We brought in an extra amp and put up extra speakers in the hall. We dressed the hall with large graphics painted onto big sheets of hardboard and dressed up in overalls for the opening night. Maureen Finn created some of the graphics.

One of my proudest memories of this period is playing a slow set and watching boys dance with girls and boys dance with boys on the dancefloor and no-one gave a flying fuck.

There was a gang of the campest gay men used to come down from Balbriggan. I asked them one time ‘How many people live in Balbriggan?’ Two’ was the reply. ‘Us two – the rest of them are dead’.

At that time we were often running club nights at the Dance Factory on Fridays and gigs in the White Horse on Saturdays so it was busy times.

John Leonard used to sell sausages in the foyer and was a token bouncer when things went pearshaped (which was very seldom).

The Dance Factory was like having a birthday party every Saturday night. Eveyone knew everyone else and the vibe was very friendly.

We had Dave Fanning and BP Fallon come down one night and I ended up masquerading as Bruce Springsteen’s helicopter pilot in order to get them a hotel room on the ground floor in the Rossnaree Hotel so that they could skip off without paying the following morning.

Another night we had a dj from Dublin who played ‘dance’ music but no-one danced because they didn’t know the tunes.

Yet another night we had a busload of posers came down from Dundalk. One of them, Robert ? then started doing gigs in Dundalk.

I was doing the entertainment page for the Drogheda Independent and Paul Lennon was doing the entertainment page for the Local News so we had the PR thing sewn up. We would give big headlines to the gigs we were promoting and not give a thought to conflict of interest.

We also ran buses to gigs in Dublin and to festivals. We had a deal with MCD that we would get cheap tix to the gigs in return for selling tix and running buses. We would organize competitions at the Dance Factory and do packages. For example we had a (dance) competition (or was it a raffle) for the Smiths gig in the SFX. The winner ( Olly Henry I think) got 2 Smiths tickets,2 bus tickets, 2 flagons of cider and 2 bunches of daffodils.

Other memorable occasions. Sean Brady dressed in plastic garden chains and white overalls like Howard ‘Like to get to know you well’ might have been the opening night.

We held a break dance competition and Mal Murray did a suicide move and concussed himself. I ended up with him in the casualty in the Lourdes that night.

We did a black music night and an Irish music night.

Other events that the NMS organised between 81 and 85 were a pie fight in front of St. Peter’s church in West St. for charity (?). Aine Carberry got pasted.

There was also an art exhibition in Mayoralty House which featured work from Eugene ‘Scrooge’ Kavanagh, Reido, Goosie Reilly, Mary Roden, Maurice Clarke and Paul Eustace (who later worked with Vogue and Interview magazines). Ruth Roden had a piece in the exhibition which was the words ‘Is this Art?’ drawn out in watercress plants.

Two magazines were produced during this period 1981 to 1985.

The first was the Ould Bag in March 1981, a magazine edited by Goosey Reilly that was typed up by Margot Conaghan and gestetnered (pre photocopier era) by me in the Student’s Union in Trinity College Dublin. I think there were 2 editions with print runs of about 50.

The second was No News circa 1984/5..spearheaded by Tony Clayton Lea and featuring articles by Arthur Matthews, Michael ÒMunichÓ Reilly, Kelly Fincham, Shane Harrison, Eric Myles and Declan ‘Nicky’ Mallon. This was a much more upmarket affair, printed on glossy paper, with runs of about 500 and all sold out on a Saturday afternoon on West St.

Also published during this time was the Gimp – a libelous scandal sheet full of gossip and innuendo masquerading as journalism. The Gimp was published anonymously but it was believed to emanate from Carberrys pub and involve the sinister hands of Ged Kelly and Patsy Flanagan.

I went to America in June 1984 and left the NMS although I returned to Ireland in September.

The NMS returned to the boxing club in 1984 or 1985 and ran gigs there for a while.

Features of the club around this time involved girls forming a star shape in front of the cubicle in the Ladies toilet (there were no doors on the loo) to prevent a free view from the dancefloor of those doing the business.

Fictitious names were written in the guest book on the front door (I personally signed in as French footballer Dominique Rocheteau for about 4 years – I often wondered did the doorman Gisty McDonagh ever check it?)

In June 1985 I left for England for good. The rest of the NMS continued to run gigs there but increasingly Paddy Connor and Sean Faulkner did the promoting themselves.

We did play one NMS /Dance Factory reunion at the behest of Paddy Connor in Man Fridays (or was it Fusion) round about 2001.

These are my memories of punk in Drogheda. Of course many of you will have completely different recollections. According to Zap Cummins the first punk gig to happen in Drogheda occurred in the Cellars with Zap and Poach Hynes performing in a duo called ‘Mondo Weirdo and the AgitatorsÓ.

Shaky Timeline:

1979; Stiff Little Fingers play the Gem
Early 1980; Radiators from Space play the Gem (my first punk gig)
1980; Specials support Dr. Feelgood at the Olympic ballroom and blow them off the stage.
Summer 1980; Jayteens gigs
Dec 80; Stiff Little Fingers play UCD. I meet Dom McCormack and ‘Skel’ Skelly

January 14 1981; Specials and Beat at the Stardust, Artane.
February 14 1981; Stardust Fire
March 20 1981; Last Dance on the Titanic
March 81; Ould Bag Published
Sept 81; Last Retreat from Russia
Sept 24th; NMS Disco in Star and Crescent (doubled as my 21st Birthday party).
Oct 81; NMS Disco in White Horse(?) amidst mushroom fever in Carberry’s.
Dec 81: Subterranean NYE . Speaker falls on someone’s head.
1982; Sarsfield’s gigs
1982; Joey Maher’s gigs
1982; Swann Inn gigs
Dec 82; NMS NYE gig in Karate Club with Some Kind of Wonderful
1983; White Horse gigs
Easter 83; Dance Factory starts
Sept 83; Ran bus to Dire Straits gig in Kildare
NYE 83; in Dance Factory
Oct 84; No News published
March 85; Enda Murray makes Exile in the Kingdom Video
July 85; onwards NMS do gigs in Boxing Club

This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. What’s a Drogheda story doin on a Dundalk website? oh. I wrote it. Ok.
    Brilliant story Doug.

    1. Great read Enda Murray. Just one little thing. The night your baby brother Mal was taken to hospital with concussion, we were there for hours and hours.
      Mal, me and his brother Big Muzz,
      Big Muzz stood at the end of the bed saying very little but looking very concerned.
      At no point did you make an appearance Enda. ( We hoped you might). It’s not a big deal but it’s always good practice to stick to the facts.

  2. I’m thinking the “poser from Dundalk” was Robert Matthews

  3. Hilarious. I had totally forgotten about John Leonard selling those sausages in the rugby club! Also, the magazine was “Almost News,” and I robbed two copies from Kevin Christie a few months back..Must try and scan them in..

  4. purely by luck got this link from ex members of exile in the starting research for my book on towns contribution to punk,ska and oi in ireland is called “WE DIDNT CONFORM” and am looking for info,pictures,clippings,demo+recorded stuff,gig posters etc to include.response so far is unreal from tralee,letterkenny,waterford,dundalk,tuam,galway,mullingar,portlaoise and drogheda.any help you could provide me with on early punk bands,eitk,trenchtown,crude n snyde,apocalypse,jayteens,enzymes etc would be fantastic.really enjoyed reading your site.anyway if people could let me know wb ace!!!!!!!mollo dublin

  5. Great article. I really love hearing about the underground music scene in Drogheda from the people that lived it. I’d like to think we have kept the torch lit, and similarly contributed to this part of the towns rich history with our musical exploits from 2000 onwards.

    1. Aye Rock on Tommy. heard great things about yez and yizzer choons. lets give each other a slap on the back!!

      1. Alright sham.. HI Enda

        i hope you are keeping well. just read your article on the NMS and the gigs and music events you put on. The article really took me down amnesia lane, firstly let me thank you for the gigs you put on most of which i attended. Particular gratitude must go to the PRUNES gig i stll have great memories of that gig i was about 14 at the time and should not have been allowed in to the venue but you always treated us baby punks with respect. The prunes brought a fantastic collection of weird and wonderfull people with them on the day and during the day myself, my brother john (the prunes gig being his first gig ever) and a few others were following them around the town and delighted ourselves in observing the reactions of the general public towards this motley crew of undesirables. If memory serves me correctly it was Derek ZIPTraynor who was the dj on the night?

        In relation to PUNK in drogheda i was surprised that your article didnt mention the midweek HOP held at the old hill hall near millmount, these ran from about 1977 – 1979 the dj was MC COOL the HOP was run by MRS BUCKLEY Michael “Flan” Flannagan’s grandmother. I lived just around the corner and it was a very iteresting and exciting time in late 77 watching the first local punks starting to emerge in their outrageous DIY clothes long before bondage trousers were dreamed of. i started to sneak into the hall and it was here that i first heard WHITE RIOT as it was the eary days of PUNK there was not a lot of punk records around and the punk vinyl would be suplied by the punters themselves, it was a very common sight back then to see heads on their way to the “HOP” with records under their arm.

        The first punk gig i went to was the TITANIC gig the one ACNE played at, i was 13 and because you knew my face you generously allowed me entry i must have been the youngest person there. I also went to the next boxing club gig the one where the stage was in a different position along the side wall im sure that XSNRG played at that gig. Did the filming that you mentioned for boyneside radio ever materialise??? I’d love if it surfaced. Before i sign off i want to mention that the first gig i ever went in the boxing club was FRANK CHISIM (spelling?) an ELVIS impersonator it was around 1978, a friend and i blagged our way in by helping with the equiptment.. what else could two 11 year olds do.

        keep on keeping on
        Kind regards and best wishes
        Robbie Caffrey


  6. I was on that busload of posers from Dundalk! I was talking about it only recently to someone from Drogheda and we were trying to recall the venue. Now I know!

    I do remember I was wearing a vintage tailored double breasted cream mac and a beret. It was an amazingly brilliant night. The local girls were very welcoming as I recall…..ahem.


    1. i think i remember that bus load of posersat the dance factory, were they all wearing badges with RIP OFF PROMOTIOMS written on them.

  7. Though, reading that back, I must have looked like Frank Spencer….

  8. Thanks for very happy memories. I really loved those years and those bands and am proud to have been part of one of the great music scenes of the 20th century. Unfortunately most people don’t know about it but for those of us who were there it was amazing . Here’s to Ray Sheils , Donnelly , Bill Graham and any others that have passed on and to all of you still here ,

    1. Zebra & SKOW Phil?

    2. Phil Mullen on the interwebs? I’ll never forget sleeping on the middle shelf in your hot-press after one of NRG/Scheme gigs in McGonagles. How are you, ye ould bollix?

      1. Sorry but I didn’t see the replies till now . That hot press got some use . If I am not mistaken that was the day the Pope came to Ireland.
        I am still in touch with most of the band (SKOW), One of our sax players Ray died some time ago). Most of us stayed in music in some form or other. Great times.

  9. It’s libelous to accuse the Gimp of being libelous after all it was the “paper the Pope reads”.

    1. ha! Would be nice to get the Gimp up here some day.

  10. Hello Enda
    It’s Susan (Keogh) Muldoon here posting a message to you from Canada. I hope all is very well with you and your family. I now live in a small village called Rockwood, about an hour from Toronto airport, with my husband Michael and my two daughters (16 and 12) but was transported back to the Drogheda of the early 80’s when I read you piece. You might remember that I was very involved in starting up the New Music Society in Trinity and I remember you coming to some of those events. (Remember the German guy (Thomas) who played the Harp!) I remember being at one of the first meetings you organized to try to set up a musical society in Drogheda.
    It was in February (?) of 1981 in a room in the Old White Horse Hotel and I remember you coming up with the name ” New Musical Society”. Thanks Enda. It was great to be a part of it..even if it was only really at the beginning. Best Wishes. Bye for now. Susan

    1. Hi Susan,
      This has nothing to do with music or Drogheda, sorry. We’ve never met but I’m your first cousin Anne Keogh (Hunter). I’ve been searching for you on the internet and this was the
      only way I could make contact. Perhaps you could contact me at Would love to speak. Annex

    2. Hi Susan. Glad u liked the article. I’m in Sydney…take it easy. Enda

      1. Anne. I have just sent you a message. I did not see your comment until tonight May 9th, 2014. I have just sent you an email. Please forgive me…two years is a long time to be waiting for a reply!
        Cheers your long lost cousin Susan ( Keogh) Muldoon in Canada

      2. Hello Enda. I just checked this site again tonight after posting my comment two years ago and see that a first cousin who was trying to locate me found me through this site! Too funny. I have many cousins I have never met. Anyhow, I hope that Anne and I connect soon. Thanks again. Your posting made this happen.
        Best Wishes Enda. I hope our paths cross sometime when we are both back on the green sod.
        Slan agat. Susan

  11. it was the NMS and the Dance Factory that gave myself and Marc O’Donnell, Martin Reilly and the lovely Rosie Coyle the gumption to start the Subway in the basement of the Central bar. They were great times and if I could only remember half [or even a quarter] of them it’d be great:) Great memories you brought back Enda…hope all good with you and yours:)

    1. great to hear from you Peter.
      all good here in Sydney
      take it easy

  12. “What’s a Drogheda story doin on a Dundalk website?…Yet another night we had a busload of posers came down from Dundalk… increasingly Paddy Connor and Sean Faulkner did the promoting themselves.”

    Actually, there is a Dundalk coda to this story…although indisputably a poser, I only managed to set foot in the legendary Boxing Club once but a few years later, Sean Faulkner and myself joined forces to try and develop a similar scene in Dundalk.

    We co-promoted many gigs spread over several years and venues – throughout most of the ’90s – at the likes of Derryhale Hotel, The AoH, The Venue (Adelphi), Dundalk Town Hall, Carrickdale Hotel and the Regional Technical College (RTC) as it was known then, and featuring such acts as The Dixons, Something Happens, The Big Geraniums, Sultans of Ping, Niall Toibin, Dermot Morgan, Sharon Shannon, The Corrs and last – and most certainly least – Boyzone!

    Doug (and my own innate laziness) permitting, I’ll maybe put pen to paper in the near future and try to provide a similar resume to what Enda has done so well above…

  13. The short story of Drogheda Night Spots is really a exceptional indeed. Actually When Dominique Rocheteau frequented Drogheda Night Spots then what happened that I can’t know.

  14. Thanks for the trip down our DRAWDA lanes, I laughed to read about Sean Brady putting on a Bolier suit and green plastic chains on him. Sean was a neighbour of mine in Ballsgrove and I knew all his family very well. I did use to work in the Subway in the Central in the early 80s behind the bar with Stephen Traynor and Mark ODonnell was the resident DJ. Mark been another Ballsgrove head I knew him from growing up and to be very honest he did bang out some great tunes all weekend every weekend.

    Thanks Enda for sharing and making me smile today ;@)
    Adrian Mc Donnell

    1. Mark was my cousin. And I remember himself and squeely Reilly and Rosie . I am also from ballsgrove and I practly lived in Joeys then s&c afterwards

  15. Hi enda,i used to be in a band called cryin shame,we were from dunleer.we played the boxing club on many occasions,and other venues around was around 88,89.i was told ters some old video tapes of bands that played the boxing club.its a long shot but would you know anyone i could get talking to love to get a copy of them.if you could do anything for me would be brilliant.cheers.

    1. HI Paul.
      I’m afraid that I’d gone off to London in 85 so wasn’t involved after that. If they were NMS gigs then Paul Lennon and Jack White might know something about it. They are still in Dublin and I’m still in contact with them. Though I don’t have any recall of anyone mentioning video. i know that Paddy Connor and Sean Faulkner also booked bands into the Boxing Club so if it was one of their gigs they might know something about it. I suspect it might have been someone doing it off their own bat if it exists.
      There’s also a Facebook page called Drogheda Down Membory Lane which often has strange and weird stuff turn up from the 4,000 or so members…
      All the best. .

      1. Hi ends,thanks for that information.a mate of mine seen the video about a year ago,said a few bands wer on it including us.could have been recorded in mcphais either.ill keep asking around,ya never know.thanks again.

  16. Awewsome article.

  17. What about Crude n Snyde and Apocalypse,2 Drogheda punk bands from the 80’s…..

    1. must have been the late ’80’s Gerry when I was gone to join forces with Margaret Thatcher cos I don’t know them.

  18. We had many a great night in Drogheda in the early 80s. Skaly, Rudi Morti, Dunny(rip), Nesh. The Bad Samaritans. the Punks from Trim.

    1. Hi there.

      Were you part of the crew of punks from Trim who used to come to Drogheda on motorbikes during the early 80s ?

      Myself and friends of mine used to meet up with the trim punks and hang around. When we got to know the Trim Posse it was always great, when unannounced, they would roar onto town on their motorbikes, all of the gang looking like a punked up version of the Wild Bunch meets Mad Max.

      If memory serves me correct the Trim lads were also there for the 666 Cydernauts out door gig in Cardberry’s pub (near the river)

      Also sure that one of the lads worked in a military surplus store in Dublin called On Parade, i met him there a couple of times when i was buying stuff.

      The last time that i spoke to one of the Trim crew was at the Anti Nowhere League gig in the TV Club in Dublin around 1987.

      Sad to hear that one of the Trim Posse is no longer with us i hope all the surviving lads are in good health.

      Many kind regards


      1. 666 Cydernauts in Carberrys? That’s going back a few years, Robbie. I hope you’re well. Sad to see Mick Lynch from Stump passed away before Christmas. I saw them at the Oval in South London and interviewed them for Hot Press. they were a great band. Sad to see another good man go.
        Take it easy.

        1. Alright head, howya Enda,
          Good to hear from you and i trust that you are also keeping well.
          I am living in Tralee county Kerry close enough to the little town of Clonakilty where Mick Lynch was living and it is indeed very sad to hear about Mick’s premature passing he was a very unique character and performing artist. Stump had started to rehearse again and i was really hoping to see them live. The interview you done with them, by any chance did you record it? still exist?
          I’m sure you are aware that Nicky Mallon (and another guy) are currently collecting and putting together peoples memories, anecdotes, photos, cassettes, clothing etc all relating to punk in Drogheda. It’s not yet decided what they will do with the entire collection, possibly a permanent memorial web site exhibition. I recently made a contribution of sorts. With punk been an important part of the social history of Drogheda (or anywhere) the collection is shaping up to be something very interesting.
          I wonder if Carberry”s would be on for another 666 Cydernauts gig? fair play to Mr”s C for putting her neck out and allowing that gig to take place in her back yard.

          Keep on keeping on

    2. Hi there

      Were you part of the crew of punks from Trim who used to come to Drogheda on motorbikes during the early 80s ?

      Myself and some friends of mine used to meet up with the trim punks and hang around. When we got to know the Trim Posse it was always great, when unannounced, they would roar onto town on their motorbikes, all of the gang looking like a punked up version of the Wild Bunch meets Mad Max.

      If memory serves me correct the Trim lads were also there for the 666 Cydernauts out door gig in Cardberry’s pub (near the river)

      Also sure that one of the lads worked in a military surplus store in Dublin called On Parade, i met him there a couple of times when i was buying stuff.

      The last time that i spoke to one of the Trim crew was at the Anti Nowhere League gig in the TV Club in Dublin around 1987.

      Sad to hear that one of the Trim Posse is no longer with us i hope all the surviving lads are in good health.

      Many kind regards


  19. Great trip down memory lane! Almost half of Drogheda had a nickname back then. Typical of Irish mothers, mine kept asking if I knew anyone’s “real name”.
    What I love most about your article is it still reaches the Drogheda diaspora, so many splintered around the globe in the 80’s and never went back. Perhaps time for another pie fight at St. Peter’s! Keep writing Enda.

    1. HI Audrey, thanks for the kind comments. Do we know each other? enda

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