Tuesday 23 July 2019

Flashdance with Liam

Music mixes with football at Dan Hourigans

Sheila Fitzgerald

Accordion Ace Liam O'Connor got back to his roots last week when he played a 'Flashmob' gig at Dan Hourigan's Bar in Newmarket.

The impromptu session, which was organised by Liam's brother Sean Frances at 24 hours notice, was enjoyed by a large turnout of friends and fans of the musician.

Football was the common denominator on the night as Newmarket team members from yesteryear met up at the legendary GAA house in the town. 

The 20th anniversary of the 1998 County win was in the main what prompted the celebration and Liam, who was also a team member, was the obvious choice where music and football gelled in perfect synchronicity. 

"This could be known as the gathering of the players," he said. "It was a great night, I really enjoyed meeting up with old friends and getting back to my roots".

Joan Hourigan of Hourigan's Bar said that while the event was organised at short notice it was a fabulous success. "A few locals got together and advertised it through social media, everyone was delighted with the music, even some people who did not know it was on and were out walking came in and stayed for the night" Joan said.

Joining Liam on stage was his daughter Saoirse, son Oisín, and Ben Quinlan, a native of Killarney, but who also has Newmarket roots - his father comes from Church St in the town. Ben, who was on vocals and piano, recently took part in the X Factor in the UK.

Liam O'Connor is not resting on his laurels as 2019 kicks off, he has a brand new single set for release where he duets with Moya Brennan of Clannad and along with playing gigs across Ireland during the year the band will be heading off to Jamaica on tour later on in 2019.