“No matter what kind of music you’re into now, there seems to be someone catering for it, even if it’s in a small way”
label questioned its future.
A meeting in 2009 showed that there were good reasons to keep going. “The bands were very supportive,” remembers Bourke. Ryan nods: “They were just like, ‘no, no we need to keep this going’, and they started generating ideas.” These included the successful split 7” singles the label has since released. Bourke and Ryan say that the enterprise “is like a family”, and they have a busy year ahead of them, including making the most of what Ryan terms the “positive turn” of the Limerick music scene.
There wouldn’t be an OOALR without Steve Ryan and Keith Lawler of abrasive rock duo giveamanakick. Windings is now Ryan’s focus – they will release their third album on OOAL this year.
Giveamanakick formed in 2001, when the Limerick music scene was “as vibrant as it has ever been”.
“I took it for granted at the time that that was just the way it is. It was insane. But Limerick is cyclical,” says Steve Ryan, who also notes that Dolan’s has been a constant support to bands.
“Bands are much more clued in than I was when we started off,” adds Ryan. “There are just so many things going on now [in Limerick] that it makes it enticing to come into town.”