“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”

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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.”

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