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Larry Kirwan

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KIRWAN: A Musical Man of Contradictions
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KIRWAN: A Musical Man of Contradictions
Rory Gallagher was a man of contradictions. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, he spoke with a soft Cork accent; the quietest man in the room, h...
KIRWAN: My Mets Bring The City Alive
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KIRWAN: My Mets Bring The City Alive
How about those Mets! I know I shouldn’t rave about the boys from Queens so early in the season for fear I’ll send them crashing down from their pe...
KIRWAN: Fond Memories of an Irish Riviera Haven
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KIRWAN: Fond Memories of an Irish Riviera Haven
So, The Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays, Long Island is no more. I can hear silent tears dripping into pint mugs all over BBQ. You don’t know what BBQ ...
KIRWAN: Coming Live and Loud....From Dundalk
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KIRWAN: Coming Live and Loud....From Dundalk
All right! Hands up – who has been to Dundalk in the Wee County Louth? Not many, I’d suggest. I’ve only been there once and that was for a much nee...
KIRWAN: Remembering a Warrior For Us All
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KIRWAN: Remembering a Warrior For Us All
She was known as “the most dangerous woman in the world” and she reveled in the title. The poor and the dispossessed adored her. The rich and the p...
KIRWAN: An Inevitable Leaving of the Slaney's Banks
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KIRWAN: An Inevitable Leaving of the Slaney's Banks
It was a strange town but everywhere in Ireland was a bit strange in those days. I’m talking about the 1960s and 70s when I knew Wexford best. Then...
KIRWAN: The Siren Song of Punk is Back
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KIRWAN: The Siren Song of Punk is Back
“All I got is three chords and the truth,” Bono famously sang. The rest of us settled for the bare three chords. The truth was a bit cumbersome to ...
KIRWAN: Swept Apart But Dancing Together
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KIRWAN: Swept Apart But Dancing Together
About 20 minutes into the musical "Paradise Square" a piece of unscripted magic occurs on the dance floor of a bar in New York City’s Five Points. ...
KIRWAN: NYC is Open, Broadway is Humming
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KIRWAN: NYC is Open, Broadway is Humming
Do you feel like the sun has begun to shine again – that after a long winter the dawns now arrive earlier and seem more hopeful? What a change in a...
KIRWAN: The Glorification of Vapid Notoriety
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KIRWAN: The Glorification of Vapid Notoriety
Neil Young had the biggest head of any musician I’d ever met. I’m talking literally, of course, not figuratively. He came to see Black 47 in Paddy ...
KIRWAN: A Force To Be Reckoned With
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KIRWAN: A Force To Be Reckoned With
Once a person of consequence, the priest’s housekeeper appears to have slipped quietly into the past. She was mostly a rural Irish phenomenon, for ...
KIRWAN: The Reason I am Writing This
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KIRWAN: The Reason I am Writing This
What do you think of that whole D.C. Jan. 6th affair? Was it an insurrection or just a bunch of feisty tourists dropping by the People's House to p...