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'He swerved into a gas tanker and we almost died' - The Coronas near death experience on the autobahn

The Coronas, the band with the most unfortunate name in the world, tell Barry Egan about their most embarrassing moments, and how they coped with losing their lead guitarist

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The Coronas, from left, Conor Egan, Danny O’Reilly and Graham Knox. Photo: Frank McGrath

The Coronas, from left, Conor Egan, Danny O’Reilly and Graham Knox. Photo: Frank McGrath

The Coronas, from left, Conor Egan, Danny O’Reilly and Graham Knox. Photo: Frank McGrath

Friday afternoon in a back garden next to Bushy Park in Terenure. Coffees have been drunk, pastries eaten. Rosie, a beautiful rescue dog with a big fluffy coat, is running about looking for attention. A two-year-old girl is also running around looking for attention - her daddy's.

Graham Knox, the daddy from nearby Rathfarnham, is talking shop with Danny O'Reilly and Conor Egan, from Harold's Cross and Terenure respectively. This is the first time they have been in each other's company since March when the lockdown began. They have a lot to talk about. They have a new album, True Love Waits, coming out in two weeks. Danny was on primetime American TV last week talking about the bad luck of the band sharing a name with the pandemic that is playing havoc with the world.

The trio were born within a couple of weeks of one another in 1985. "He was two weeks old and I was a day old when we first met," Danny says of Graham. They all went to school at Terenure College, around the corner from where we are sitting. (Danny went on to study commerce at UCD; Conor did music technology in Temple Bar; Graham studied marketing in DIT but dropped out and went to Pulse College.)