Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Eoin Hand in Dolans Limerick for Launch of Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser CD

Eoin Hand and Gypsy at the Launch of After The Ball Charity Cd in Limerick

Football legend and commentator, Eoin Hand was in Dolans this evening for the Limerick launch of his CD "After The Ball" Eoin and Musicians Mickey Mc Connell and Jim Gornall treated the crowd to a few tracks from the CD.

Eoin’s love for music and singing started at young age during a time when his mother owned The Brazen Head in Dublin. Mickey MacConnell, renowned musician and famous for writing ‘Only our rivers run free’ helped to produce the live recording at John B. Keanes pub in Listowel.

Eoin Hand’s CD is a the live recording and features a collection of favourites such as Working Man, Dublin in 1962 and the Voyage as well as some anecdotal commentary. Eoin is most fondly remembered for his role as Manager for the Irish Soccer Team in the early eighties as well as a player-manager with Limerick during which time he lead the team to victory in both the League of Ireland and the FAI Cup. He spent most of his working career with Portsmouth, while also playing for our national team some 20 times.

Explaining how this all came about, Eoin says; ‘This wouldn’t have happened without Mickey MacConnell, renowned musician and famous for writing ‘Only our rivers run free’. My mother had asked through Pauline, my wife, if he could make up a collection featuring me singing some of her favourite songs.

This lead to a very enjoyable live recording in John B. Keanes pub in Listowel and sparked the idea to release it to the public for charity.
It seems a fitting tribute to my mother, Monica, who past away in May of this year.

The CD is available to purchase online - [ Here ] and the proceeds will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind.