The story of their hasty birth was told by Gerry Flynn, who explained that they are all students of the Marist Brothers College, Athlone, and during a retreat in Galway they were asked to render hymns. ith the assistance of their young tacher Brother Paul Kavanagh they gladly obliged and so this resulted in the group Muldoon being conceived.Their first Athlone gig was the talent contest in St. Peter’s Hall, and it was indeed encouraging to see a new group make its debut, particularly since Muldoon are quite unique in Athlone’s entertainment scene. Their live show was of the highest calibre that local audience had witnessed for a long time, both musically and visually.The members told me “Our music does not fit into anyspecific category. It’s just happy groovy music that you can “race about ” to or just sit and listen to. A mixture of rock, blues, country, jug , jazz and celtic tradition., if you have to pin it down, but Muldoon would rather you didn’t.” Bespectacled Gerry Flynn, one of the best known faces on the Athlone rock scene, plays guitar and harmonica. A former member of the disbanded Wild Life group, whose vocalist Cathleen Maguire has since become a highly successful solo performer, Gerry is also bass guitarist with Clovehitch rock group. Patsy Glynn, who plays guitar, was a founder member of the late lamented Acoustic Skreenes Blues Band, which broke up after Christmas. Bearded mandolin, banjo and fiddle player Gerry Dooley has played with various mini ceili bands around his narive Tang. An accomplished traditional musician, Gerry is reputed to be Athlone’s only seven string mandolin player. Incidentally, his mother also uses the fiddle…to crack eggs! The line-up also includes Deckie Hughes (on keyboards), Eamon Butler (ex Acoustic Skreenes) on pectinette, washboard, jug and bodhran, Gerry Looney (tin whistle and melodeon), and Dozy O’Riordan, one of the finest exponents of the black man’s music to be heard in Ireland. 

Muldoon are one of the most progressive outfits in Ireland. The combination of thedriving washboard, hard and chucking bass, plus the rough-and-ready guitars, wailing harmonica and pectinette coupled with some very distinctive voices produce a fantastic and unique sound. Yours truly hopes the boys will be in action in the Stadium, not only for the wealth of talent they possess, but also they are really super young men to converse with.

Gerry Flynn

Patsy Glynn

Gerry Dooley

Decki Hughes

Eamon Butler

Gerry Looney

Dozy O’Riordain


Active: circa 1971



Blues rock power trio in Taste/Cream/Mountain/Skid Row mould in 1971 but possibly playing folk-rock by 1973 according to the poster below. This was probably the later, augmented lineup which included keyboards (Frank Kenny) and a blonde female singer (Florrie Bell). They recorded an LP in England but it was never released. 

(A clove hitch is a type of knot). 

The Hillbillies

Ray Lynam

Kevin Sheerin

Johnny Lynam

Billy Burgoyne

John Ryan

Mick Lube

Billy Condon

The Story

In 1969, Ray Lynam was the lead singer in a local midlands band called The Merrymen. They played local hops and relief to the big bands. (Source: RTE) One of the most distinctive ‘real’ country singers to emerge from the Irish club and showband scene, Ray started out in ’60s singing covers of Rolling Stones’ hits when he was lead singer with his first band, The Merrymen, while still attending the local Carmelite College Secondary School in Moate. It wasn’t long before they attracted the attention of Mick Clerkin of Release Records who signed them to a recording deal and they changed their name to the Hillbillies, turning fully professional in early 1970.     

Doc Carroll’s Nightrunners Showband

Tony Allen

Tom Allen

Doc Carroll

After nearly 10 years with the Royal Blues Showband, singer/guitarist Doc Carroll decided it was time to go out on is own. His last single with the Royal Blues, released in May, 1971 was called “Night Runners,” the same name he chose for his new band, The Nightrunners. The new band would debut in the famous Pontoon Ballroom on St. Patrick’s Night, 1972. The band was being managed by Michael Flanagan (a Crossmolina native who lived in Newmarket for eight years, and moved to Athlone in 1972).

The record did not chart, but the band was doing steady business and for the next two years, all was well with the Nightrunners. In June 1975, Doc had apparently had enough and left the band to form another band called the Doc Carroll All-Stars. The Nightrunners, kept going and promoted Tony Allen as the band’s new lead singer.

The new line-up was announced in November, 1975, but within a year, the band was gone with Tom Allen fronting a “new” band called the Sailors.