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‘The Miami Showband Story’ – Playwright Martin Lynch Talks to Marty Flannery

In this special interview, Showband Legends presenter Marty Flannery talks to playwright Martin Lynch about ‘The Miami Showband Story’, which is coming soon to Castlebar and Galway.

In 1975, three members of the Miami Showband, including charismatic lead singer, Fran O’Toole, were murdered at a bogus Military checkpoint, when returning from a ballroom performance in Banbridge.

Told through the eyes of two best friends and Miami songwriters, Fran O’Toole and Des Lee, The Miami Showband Story weaves through the amazing roller coaster journey of the iconic showband, from the joyous dancehall days of the 1960s to the tragedy in 1975.

It is written by Martin Lynch and Marie Jones, who also wrote ‘Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story’.

Catch the show on August 30th in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, and the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, on 2nd September.

And don’t forget to listen to Showband Legends with Marty Flannery, on Saturdays at 14.00 and repeated Fridays at 11.00.

NEW LOCAL SPORTS SHOW, with Paul Lawless

Joining our growing list of sports programmes is a new show presented by Paul Lawless.

The Lawless Local Sports Show starts tomorrow, Friday 16th August at 7 pm.

Join Paul as he talks to horse riders Cormac Hanley, Shane Goggins, Alice Shally, and groom Niamh Quinn of Claremorris Saddlery & Equestrian Centre.

He also talks to Joan Fallon Welsh of Barnacarroll’s Upper Mace Equestrian Centre, and student riders Sarah Sarah Lavery and Leona Fanning.

It’s not all equestrian in this episode, as we also hear from Calvin Joyce of Claremorris AFC Soccer Club.

That’s the Lawless Local Sports Show, starting this Friday 16th August at 7 pm. Listen on 94.6 FM near Claremorris or at