Date Published: 19-Jun-2008
WITHOUT George are an up-and-coming quartet whose planning to make a serious splash with their debut album. The current line-up of Mark Spellman (vocals/guitar), Johnny Holleran (guitar/vocals), Dave Concannon (drums/vocals) and Damien Mullin (bass) have been playing together for three years. Old friends Mark and Johnny have been writing songs together even longer.
“We started out ten years ago with the Tom Noone Experience,” says Clonbur native Johnny.
“We were young lunatics then,” recalls Mark who hails from nearby Cong. “Nothing’s changed now, except the young part maybe! Then we’d a few other bands. Damien will claim he was overlooked
several times as bass player he was like a roadie for a long time.”
Without George started recording their debut album The Year Of The Golden Pig in July of last year. The band went to Ceol Nua studios in Spiddal and are now eager to have their songs heard.
“It took an awful long time, much longer than we anticipated,” says Mark. “We were happy with the outcome but we’re still waiting on master tracks and the like so we can release in September as
Most of Without George’s songs start with Mark and Johnny throwing ideas about, but the band don’t have a set way of working.
“Different songs have…
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
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