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The Managers & Promoters (Last name J-Z)

Welcome to a new page where we pay tribute to the men (have yet to find a female manager) behind the scenes...the managers. Often looked upon with mixed emotions, and much maligned, these are the movers and shakers that not only booked the bands, but often also ran the dances as well. This is another area in which we need your help. Finding out the managers of bands and venues 40-50 years after the fact is a difficult task, and the information generally only known by people inside the business. The info below was gleaned from personal diaries, friends, handouts, new articles and advertisements.

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Last, First

Venues Promoted

Bands Managed

Jennings, Pat

Beaten Path, Claremorris, Co. Mayo 
Royal Ballroom (TF), Castlebar
Pontoon Ballroom, Pontoon


Johnston, Jackie


Cathal Dunne & The Formula
Some People (1970)

Johnston, Tony



Jones, Alan


Oceans Showband
Raydots Showband

Jones, Tommy


Matadors Showband
Presidents Showband

Jordan, Sean


Jackpots Showband
Mexicans Showband

Joyce, Bunny*

Letterfrack Hall, Co. Galway

Golden Aces Showband

Kane, Trevor*

Boom Boom Room (with Jim Aiken)
Queens Court, Bangor
Royal Ballroom, Dundonald

College Boys with Teddie Palmer
Tony G. Ford & the Seekers
(Brought Beatles to King's Hall, Belfast)

Kavanagh, Kieran

Georgian Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Culleens Carnival, Co. Mayo

Carole & The New Blues*
Gloria and her Band
Brush Shiels Band
Ray Lynam Band
Roly Daniels Band

Kavanagh, Niall


The Ivy Folk

Keenan, Frank


Embassy Showband

Keeney, Leo*

Fiesta Ballroom, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Butt Hall, Balybofey, Co. Donegal


Kelly, Des


John Ross & The Jewels
Smokey Mountain Ramblers

Kelly, Eddie


April and the Silver Pennies

Kelly, Jimmy

Borderland Ballroom, Muff, Co. Donegal


Kelly, Johnny


Margo and the Country Folk
Dermot Henry & the Virginians

Kelly, Miko
passed away 2006)


Johnny Flynn Showband

Kelly, Tom

Castlemore, Ballaghadereen
Weekend Club, Gurteen

Duskey Sisters
Kim Newport Band (1978-80)
Brotherly Love
Brendan Grace

Kelly, Vernon



Kennedy, Alex


Tuxedo Junction

Kennedy, Eddie



Kennedy, John

The Ragg, Thurles, Co. Tipperary


Kennedy, Paddy
(Pat Schan write to tell
us Paddy passed away
in 2003)


Regal Showband

Kenny, Padraig


Impact Showband

Keogh, Donald


Paddy Hanrahan & Oklahoma (1972)

Kerr, John*

Mulroy Ballroom, Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal


Kiely, Dan

Hibernian Ballroom, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry


Kielty, Jack
(Murdered by terrorists
in Jan. 1988)


Epic Showband
Duggie Jane and Goldrush
Mary Lou & Harvest
Hugo Duncan & The Tallmen

Kielty, Pat 

Oslo Hotel, Salthill, Co. Galway
Centre of Attraction, Boyle, Co. Roscommon


Kierans, Jim


Carl and the Actions (1971)

Kilbride, Frankie*

Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown,Co. Longford


Kinsella, Don* 


Airchords (early 1960's until 1967)
Marti, Mari & Argentina

Kinsella, Nick 


Marti, Mari & Argentina

Kirwan, Seamus


San Bernadino

Kyle, Bobby*(Robert)
(Bobby sadly passed
away in March, 2005)


Cossacks Showband

Langton, Eamon

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny


Latham, Dermot


Crickets Showband

Lavelle, Eddie


San Antones Showband

Lawless, Peter


Carousel Showband

Linnane, Paddy

Olympic Ballroom, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


Loftus, John

Ambassador, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry


Lohan, Larry


The Poets (1968)

Lohan, Liam


Agents Showband

Loughman, Tony
(Top Rank)
(Tony sadly passed
away June 1, 2007)

Rainbow Center, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim
St. Patrick's Hall, Shercock, Co. Cavan
Central Ballroom, Mountfield, Co. Tyrone
Drumquin Social Center, Co. Tyrone
Starlight Ballroom, Clones, Co. Monaghan
St. Mary's Hall, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Wonderland Ballroom, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan
Metric Ballroom, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal
Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan
Imperial Hotel, Garvagh
Barley Inn, Omagh
Plaza Ballroom, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
St. Brigid's Hall, Carnew
Termon Ballroom, Co. Donegal
Pettigo Community centre
Knock-na-Moe Hotel, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

Paddy Cole Superstars
Eileen King's Country Gifts
Patrice & Stage Five
Philomena Begley & her Ramblin' Men
Susan McCann & the Storytellers
Shelly & The Big Valley*
Anne, Shelly & The Marines*
Big Ivan & The New County*
Sharon & Green Forest

Loughran, Oliver 



Lucey, Jerry* 
(with brother

Redbarn Ballroom, Youghal, Co. Cork
Stardust Ballroom, Cork
Majorca Ballroom, Crosshaven, Co. Cork


Lucey, Murt* 
Murt passed away in
April, 1971 age 47

Redbarn Ballroom, Youghal, Co. Cork
Stardust Ballroom, Cork
Majorca Ballroom, Crosshaven, Co. Cork

Arrivals Showband

Lynch, Connie

INF Hall, Hilltown, Co. Down

Pat Lynch & The Airchords
Royal Showband
Top 7 Showband
Mary Lou & Harvest
Bill Ryan & Buckshot
Tony Kenny Band
Tony Hughes & the Ventures

Lynch, John


Duane Family

Lynch, Peter


Finnavons Showband

Lynch, Steve


Sandie Jones & Boyfriends
Sandie Jones Big Band Show

Lynn, Jim


Marguerite & The Kentuckians

Lynn, Stan


Stan Lynn Showband

Mack, Syd


Nomads Showband

Madigan, Gerry


Whiskey Styl

Magee, S.


Siobhan and Pride

Magill, Mickey

Fir Trees, Strabane

Luv Bug
The College Boys
Sean Quinn & Down Country

Maguire, Molly

Pearl's Niteclub, Ballina, Co. Mayo


Maher, Joey


Maher Family Band (1976)

Mahon, Sean



Mangan, Eamon

Palm Court Ballroom, Bellmullet, Co. Mayo


Maguire, Brian



Maynes, P.V.


Incas Showband (Belfast)

McArdle, John


Earls Showband (Portadown)

McBrearty, Frank

Parting Glass, Raphoe


McBrien, Charlie
(we received word
that Charlie sadly
passed away in

Knocknamoe, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Carrickmore, Co, Tyrone

The Ohio Showband
Pat Ely & The Rocky Tops (1972)
Hugo Duncan & The Tallmen
American Pie (1972)
Tony Kenny
Mighty Avons (with Larry Cunningham)
Dominic Kirwan

McCabe, Peggy

Carousel Ballroom, Belfast, Co. Antrim


McCadden, Joe


Denis Allen
Clipper Carlton
Furey Brothers

McCaffrey, John*

Lagoon Lounge, Termon, Co. Donegal


McCaffrey, Michael*
(we received word
that Michael sadly
passed away on
Dec. 7, 2005)

Creeslough Hall, Creeslough, Co. Donegal


McCaffrey, Leo
(Leo sadly passed
away in 2003)**


Glen Country
Leo McCaffrey & The Glensmen
The Country Stars

McCarron, T.J.


Annalees Showband

McCarthy, Mick

The Embankment, Dublin, Co. Dublin


McCarthy, Monty*

Beara Bay Hotel, Castletownbere, Co. Cork


McCarthy, Pat*

Star Ballroom, Cappamore, Co. Limerick


McCole, Charlie

St. Dominics Hall, Glenties

Paddy McDevitt & Northen Lights

McConaghey, Price

  Beltona Showband

McCooey, Kevin

Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan
Mayflower, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Swan Nite Club, Sligo


McCormack, Colm


Trixons Showband

McCormick, John
(John sadly passed
away in 1998)**

Maple Ballroom, Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan

Big Tom & The Mainliners
Finnavons (from Noel McGoohan)
Gerry Black & The Seasons

McCormack, Willie


Navak Showband
Ian Corrigan & Country Style (1973)

McCracken, John*
(John sadly passed
away-John Baird)


Mighty Rhythm Boys

McCusker, Seamus

INF, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
Lilac Ballroom, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal

Brian Coll & the Buckaroos
Dan O'Hara & The Country Flavour

McDonald, Brian

Holyrood Ballroom, Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Hugo Duncan & the Ranchers
Mary Lou & Harvest
Shelly & Startime
Pat Ely & The Storytellers*

McDonald, Pat 
(Pat sadly passed
away 28-08-09)-
Anthony Loughman


Ian Corrigan and Country Style

McElroy, Damien



McErlean, Eoin
(sadly passed away
14th Dec, 2003)

St. Oliver Plunkett Hall, Clady, Co. Derry


McGeough, Al 


Grainne and the Strangers

McGinn, Ronnie


Stage 2

McGinty, Peter


Canvas Wagon (1972)

McGlinchey, Bernard

Golden Grill, Letterkenny


McGovern, John



McGrade, Sean

Astoria Ballroom, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Riverside Suite, Ballinamallord, Co. Fermanagh
Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal
Fort Lodge Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Ronnie Griffiths & American Pie
Ronnie Griffiths & Driftwood
Tommy Fee & The Cajun Sound
Eamon McCann Band*
Martin Cuffe Band*
Philomena & The Dawnbreakers
Colm Hughes Superstars
John Glenn & The Wranglers
Philomena Begley

McGrail, Stephen
sadly passed away in
October, 2010



McGrattan, Dan

Castaways Club Ballroom

Royal Earls Showband (1971)

Billy Brown Superband

McGrenra, John*


John McGrenra & Choice

McIvor, Tony


Sandie Jones Band

McKenna, J.F.


Bluegrass Country Bandshow

McLean, Gerry
(sadly passed away)


Green Angels

McLoone, Frank

Tara Ballroom, Dublin


McMahon, Henry


Tom Allen and the Mainliners
Gerry Black & The Seasons

McMahon, Pat

Astor Ballroom (our thanks to Dennis Osborne)

Seasons Showband

McManus, J.J.



McNamara, Joe


Navak Showband

McQuillan, Jim 



Meehan, Roger

Pavisi Ballroom, Donegal


Milton, Frank


Gerry and the Hi-Lows

Mitchell, John


Carole, Frankie & The Black Dots

Molloy, Brian
Brian sadly passed
away in Nov 28, 2005.
He also was the
founder of Hawk,
Folk Promotions Ltd.
and Lunar Records


Cotton Mill Boys
Tracy & The Grassroots
Johnny McEvoy
The Broadsiders
Anne Byrne
Emmet Spiceland
Hedley Kay
Maxi, Dick & Twink
Noel V. Ginnity
Paddy Reilly
Shay Healy
Jubilee Four
McLaughlins Group
Mick Lynch

Molloy, Willie

The Towers, Duckett's Grove, Co. Carlow


Mooney, Larry


The Uptown Band
Orange Machine

Moore, Aidan


Memphis Showband

Mulcahy, Bill


Blue Aces
Decca Showband

Mullin, John



Mullins, Noel

Classic Ballroom, Gort, Co. Galway


Mulryan, Jimmy


Vin Brogan and the San Antones

Murphy, J.


Blarney Ceili Band

Murphy, Mark


Blue Mountain Boys

Murphy, Sean


Rio Showband, Cork (1965)

Murphy, Tom


Gary Street & The New Fairways

Murray, Tom


Cades County

Nestor, Mrs.

Bealadangan Hall, Co. Galway


Nodwell, Matt

Arcadia Ballroom, Cork

Arrivals Showband
Mean Tom and the Tree Tops
Pat Lynch & the Airchords (1970)

Nolan, Michael

Town & Country Ballroom, Dublin
Crystal Ballroom, Dublin
Atlantic Ballroom, Tramore, Co. Waterford
PR Manager, Con Hynes Ballrooms

Bye-Law (1967)
Wolverines Showband
Ravens Showband
Columbia Showband
Jimmy Johnston Showband
Anna McGoldrick

Noone, Pat


Saints Showband
Times Showband (Sligo)

O'Boyle, Charlie

Seaview Hotel, Bunbeg, Co. Donegal


O'Brien, Jim

CYMS, Tralee, Co. Kerry


O'Brien, Tony

Moulin Rouge Club, Dublin


O'Connell, Nelius
(Nelius sadly passed
away on August 5,
2006. Our thanks to
his son, Donal.)


Kerry Blues (1968)
Jim Farley Showband/All Stars (64-71)
Frankie McBride & The Polka Dots
Frankie McBride and Rio Grande
Maisie McDaniel
Nita Norry
Philomena Begley & The Country Flavour
Big Four (1974)

O'Connell, Paddy
(Paddy sadly passed
away in January, 2006)

Two Mile Inn, Limerick

Tommy Drennan & Top League
Shaun O'Dowd & Dingaling
Candy & Dynamite
Kim Newport Band (1981-82)

O'Connell, T.P.

Astoria Ballroom, Bundoran


O'Connor, Don



O'Connor, Eddie

Unyoke Inn, Wexford, Co. Wexford


O'Connor, Jim 



O'Connor, John

Bantry, Co. Cork


O'Connor, Michael

Sliver Slipper Ballroom, Kenmare


O'Connor, Paddy

County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly


O'Donnell, Alex


Albany Brothers (1971)

O'Donoghue, Shay



O'Hanlon, Mike


Polka Dots Showband

O'Keefe, Shay


The Urge

O'Kelly, Mike


Ther Fleet Showband (1972)

O'Mahony, Bertie


Breakaways (Cork) (1972)

O'Mahony, Con

Irish Club, Dublin


O'Mahony, Denis

Lilac Ballroom, Enniskean, Co. Cork


O'Malley, Mick


Bill Ryan and Buckshot
Adam and the Big Apple

O'Neill, Gerry*


Swingtime Aces

O'Neill, Joe
(Joe passed away
17th May, 2012)

Sound of Music, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway
House of Music, Cong, Co. Mayo
Jet Club, Ennis, Co. Clare


O'Neill, M.


Kangaroos Country Band

O'Neill, Ted


Chips (1975)

O'Neill, Terry


Thin Lizzy

O'Neill, William


States Showband (Cork)

O'Reilly, George


Collegemen (1967)
Dermot O'Brien and the Clubmen
Glen Curtin
Roly Daniels
Maisie McDaniel

O'Riordan, Enda
(Enda sadly passed
away on April 14, 2008)

Collins Hall, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Ormonde Ballroom, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipp.


O'Rourke, Jack
(Jack sadly passed
away on May 1, 2005)

Majestic Ballroom, Mallow, Co. Cork
Top Hat Ballroom, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Olympic Ballroom, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


O'Rourke, Tommy



O'Rourke, Eamon

Granada, Granard, Co. Longford
Sunset Club, Longford


O'Rourke, Peter

Riversdale House Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry


O'Rourke, J.P.


Avengers Showband

O'Rourke, P.J.

Freemount, Co. Cork


Orr, Stanley

Top Hat Ballroom, Lisburn, Co. Antrim


O'Sullivan, Eamon

Sunset Club, Longford, Co. Longford


O'Sullivan, Kevin


Ritz Showband

Owens, Francis


Cadillac Showband

Palmer, Teddie

Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh
Deerpark Hotel,
Vision Nite Club, Antrim

Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown
Bannville House
The Kiln, Larne
International, Killyleagh
Inver River, Larne
Chesters, Moira
Brewsters, Ballyclare
The Yard, Downpatrick
Cubin's , Cork

TP Band

Pearson, Noel*



Phelan Aidan


Clipper Carlton (late 60's)

Phelan Marty


Tony Kenny & the Sands

Platt, Bobby*

Strand Ballroom, Portstewart
Limavady Agricultural Hall

Derrick and the Sounds (pre-1967)

Ponsonby, Eamon*


Blue Glows Showband 

Ponsonby, William*


William Ponsonby Showband 

Power, Robin*


Stage 2 

Prendergast, Peter*

Arcadia Ballroom, Cork Co. Cork

Dixies (1967)

Quinn, Mick
Mick sadly passed
away Feb 22nd,



Dickie Rock
Daddy Cool & The Lollipops
Red Hurley
Pacific Showband

Quinn, Peter

Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal


Quinn, S.


The Executives

Quinn, Tommy



Rahill, John

Lakeland Hotel, Cavan
Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan


Regan, E.


Breakaways - Cookstown

Reilly, Sean


Ray Lynam & the Hillbillies (1970)

Reynolds, Albert
Albert sadly passed
away August 21, 2014

Barrowland Ballroom, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Borderland Ballroom, Clones, Co. Monaghan
Cloudland Ballroom, Roosky, Co. Roscommon
Danceland Ballroom, Portlaoise, Co. Laoise
Dreamland Ballroom, Athy, Co. Kildare
Fairyland Ballroom, Co. Roscommon
Hi-Land Ballroom, Newmarket, Co. Cork
Jetland Ballroom, Limerick, Co. Limerick
Lakeland Ballroom, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Moyland Ballroom, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Rockland Ballroom, Borris-in-Ossary, Co. Laoise
Roseland Ballroom, Moate, Co. Westmeath
Wonderland, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan


Reynolds, Peter

Long Arms Hotel, Longford


Riordan, Enda

Westpark Hotel, Portumna, Co. Galway

Tony Stevens Band

Rudden, Jimmy



Ryan, Denis


Mattie Fox & The Grassroots
Frankie Carroll & The Ranchers
Sun Valley Boys (1970)

Ryan, Liam*

Olympic Ballroom, Dublin
C.Y.M.S., Kildare
National Ballroom, Dublin
Television Club (1967- Sunday beat gig)

Casino Showband
The Farmer's Sons
Radio Showband (Wicklow - 1968)

Robinson, Guy


Cathal Dunne & Stateside

Robinson, Len


Arrivals Showband

Scott, Billy 


Billy Donegan & The Country Hillsiders

Scott, Seamus


La Bamba Showband

Selwood, Peter


Chosen Few (1967)

Sharkey, Sean 

Television Club


Sheridan, Anthony 


Margo and the Blue Ridge Boys

Sheridan, John 


The Croppies

Sheridan, Peter
(Peter sadly passed
away in 1998)

Longford Arms, Longford
Odea's Hotel, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Granada Ballroom, Granard, Co. Longford

Brian Harkin & The Plainsmen
Frank McCaffrey & the Country Folk
Terry & the Trixons

Sheridan, Val 


Brendan Grace

Sherlock, Fergus


Gene and the Gents

Shields, Bella

Fintra House, Killybegs, Co. Donegal


Shine, Syd

Roseland Ballroom, Moate, Co. Westmeath


Simpson, Oliver
(died Oct 2016)

Lilac Ballroom, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal


Sinnot, Noel


Decca Showband
Savoy Showband

Sinnott, Peter J.


Savoy Showband

Smith, Jimmy


Hugh McLean and the Mighty Avons (1976)

Smith, Leo


Mighty Rhythm Boys (1960)

Smith, Michael


John Tighe & the Hi-Lows (1971)

Smith, Paddy 


Gerry Black and the Seasons (1972)
Dee Leydon & The Powermen (1973)

Smith, Peter 


Gene Stuart & the Might Avons
Gene Stuart & the Homesteaders

Smyth, Sammy

Floral Hall, Belfast
Romano's Ballroom, Belfast
(Mike Niblett)

College Boys
Tony G. & The Seekers
Gene and the Gents

Solomon, Phil



Stirrat, Liam*


Anne & The Tribesmen
Hugo Duncan & The Tallmen
Frank Coll and the Big Valley (1972)

St. Leger, Chris


Arrivals Showband (1967)

Sullivan, Matt

Central Ballroom, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry (1956)


Thompson, Cecil
"CT Promotions"

Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown
Deerpark Hotel, Co. Antrim*
Romanos Ballroom, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Milanos Ballroom, Bangor, Co. Antrim

The High Seas Showband
Colm and the Sundowners
Eileen King & Country Flavour
The College Boys (1973)
American Express

Todd, S.


Cosmos Showband (Belfast)

Trainor, Hughie


The Globe Trotters Showband

Traynor, Frank


Derek Joys Showband

Tuite, Brian


Thin Lizzy
Honey Sweet

Tyrell, Joe


Arrows (1970)

Tyrell, Pat
(sadly passed away)

Copper Beech, Edenderry, Co. Offaly


Van Etten, Yoop

Wheel Inn, Castletownbere, Co. Cork


Wallace, Jack

  Federals Showband (mid 60's)

Walsh, Frank

  Bridesiders Showband

Walsh, Louis
Louis, of course, went
on to International fame
with bands like
Boyzone and Westlife
and as a judge on the

Ballymacward, Co. Galway

Brotherly Love
Joe Mac and Stage 2
Lyttle People
Rob Strong and the Rockets
Time Machine
Johnny Logan Band

Walsh, Marty

Great Southern Hotel, Galway
Lenaboy Arms, Salthill

Gary Green & the Glamour Band
Duggie Jane & Goldrush

Walsh, Sean

Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork


Walsh, Shay


Sugar Shack (1967)

Walters, Arthur


Zen Alligators
Kenny Ryder Superband
Mitch and the Edition (1970)
Tomorrow's People
Bell Brush Band (1974)
New Generation (1976)

Ward, Bill


Dean Swift and the Boys (1972)

Ward, Frank


Warriors Showband

Whelan, David
Brendan Cahill emailed
us to say David passed
away Oct 17, 2009

Mayflower Ballroom, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork


Whelan, Kevin*


Swingtime Aces

Whitren, Dave


Tony G & The Stellas Showband
The Paragon 7 Showband

Wickham, Gerry


Tony & The Graduates (1967)

Wilson, George


Snowdrifters Showband

Winders, Brian



Woods, Michael

Coolera House, Sligo


Woods, Sean


Canvas Wagon (1972)

Wright, Mike


Maxi, Dick & Twink

Wynne, Joe


Mama's Boys

Young, Michael


Altonaires Showband

* Special thanks to Teddie Palmer, Brendan McCarthy, John McGrenra, Peter Kinsey, Louis Chapman, Jan Lynch, Alan Carr, Mike Niblett, Billy Swann, Pat Hoye, Alan Jones, Ronnie Campbell, Gene O'Sullivan & Vincent Power's "Send 'Em Home Sweatin" for their assistance with this list.

**Thanks to Eddie Kelly (RIP) for letting us know about the passing of several managers.



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