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Brendan O’Shea (Singer/Songwriter).

Every so often, the Mike Stand (that’d be us, unless you’re being unfaithful with another chap called Mike Stand, then you’re just being rude) bumps into one of those New York City-based individuals that just oozes calmness, creativity and well, a certain aura of County Kerry-ness, that, when expertly mixed with a little East Village…

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Dennis Driscoll

New York-born, bred and buttered, Dennis Driscoll, is not an easy man to describe in one paragraph. In fact, one would need a wizened storyteller as good as the man himself to give his immense talents any justice at all. An acclaimed man of words, Dennis has played with many bands in his day, though…

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Marian Thomas Griffin

By Mike Fitzpatrick Marian Thomas Griffin is a girl (or should we say ‘cailin’ because of the week that’s in it?) with many a string to her bow, and indeed, quite a few bows to her string. Or something. See, not only is she a renowned actress, having played the role of crazy nanny Mary…

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Laoisa Sexton

You know, this job’s not so bad sometimes. There we were hanging around the Mike Stand eating cheese sandwiches and minding every one else‘s business, when who should we bump into, only hot  young actress, Laoisa Sexton. The bubbly Dubliner is currently in New York City preparing to star in Irish playwright Paula Meehan’s play,…

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Georgina McKevitt

By Mike Fitzpatrick It’s not easy this ‘At The Mike Stand’ carry-on, you know, asking ridiculous questions to gorgeous, witty and rather interesting people on a regular basis. It makes me miss my carefree days as a gardening correspondent, when I’d chat with gorgeous, witty and rather interesting parsnips, chrysanthemums and radishes. Or something. Anyway,…

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Phil Chevron (The Pogues)

The Pogues Are Pumped! Mike Fitzpatrick Talked To The Band As They Began Their U.S. Tour Philip Chevron is pumped. The multi-instrumentalist songwriter, fifty-years old later this year, has retained his boyish outlook on life, and is clearly very much looking forward to more time on the road with The Pogues, a band he’s played…

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Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)

These days, there are several artists from previous eras attempting to raise their respective profiles phoenix-like, from the ashes of past glories. Whether at the height of their careers they were lionized or lampooned is irrelevant, for 2007 seems, hitherto, the year of the musical comeback. With acclaimed acts such as The Police, The Eagles,…

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John Duddy

Derry man John Duddy has had it tough. Having spent several decades enjoying rapturous support from thousands of fans during a career as a middleweight boxer, he now must spend his evenings sharing a stage with three gorgeous Irish women, as they bring Irish girl Laoisa Sexton’s play, ‘For Love’ to life. Since permanently swapping…

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Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney Is ‘Hell On Wheels’ Colm Meaney as Railroad Baron Thomas Doc Durant in AMC’s Hell on Wheels (AMC) By Michael Fitzpatrick Once the dust settles, the tumbleweeds have passed, the good guys ride off into the sunset, and the baddies are, well, removed from the equation, we could well be assured as to…

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Brendan Gleeson

By Michael Fitzpatrick Brendan Gleeson as an actor, is a man of extremes. A man whose talents have proven time and again, that he’s capable of taking on the most difficult role, only to follow it up with one more demanding, daring and distinguished (and in his latest film ‘The Guard’, perhaps deranged, discriminating and…

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