Flash mob re­union for mu­si­cian Liam and his New­mar­ket team­mates



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.

Pho­tos: Sheila Fitzger­ald

Lo­cal Peter Fo­ley catch­ing up with Liam.

Left: Jonty and Éibh­lin Crosse from Bahrain were de­lighted to meet up with Liam O’Con­nor at the Flash­mob gig in New­mar­ket.

Right: Liam O’Con­nor with his for­mer New­mar­ket team­mates Mau­rice Houri­gan, John Fitz­patrick who was home from New York for Christ­mas, Seanie F O’Con­nor, Donal O’ Sul­li­van, Rebel, Danny Cul­loty, Brian Daly and Jerry Mc­Carthy.

Róisín Houri­gan, Nessa Houri­gan, Alana Cul­loty, Brenda Houri­gan, Paulet O’Sul­li­van, Joan Houri­gan and Cather­ine Cul­loty pic­tured with Liam.

Liam O’Con­nor with Joan Houri­gan of Houri­gan’s Bar.

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