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Old 19-01-2007, 02:10 PM
Natty Dread Natty Dread is offline
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Default Cén scéal le Connollys of Leap

The website is well out of date. Never hear of anyone playing down there anymore. Anything happening down there these days?
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Old 19-01-2007, 02:33 PM
Frankenchrist Frankenchrist is offline
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Theyre doing renovations, taking a small break and getting ready for the new ireland.
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Old 19-01-2007, 03:03 PM
Drop-d Showcase Drop-d Showcase is offline
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The licence is sold. Don't think it's ever opening again , heard that from them(though somebody else said something about a café).

I hope I'll be proved wrong though. What a legendary spot! Ooooh the nights I had in there!! And the bands I saw. The Stories I could tell. sigh!
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Old 20-01-2007, 11:03 AM
Frankenchrist Frankenchrist is offline
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u heard wrong mate. they will be opening again at some point.
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Old 20-01-2007, 12:18 PM
no_need_for_a_name no_need_for_a_name is offline
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Excellent venue.Paddy is a legend.Played there years ago with a band i was in in school.Took a bus load of people down and got absolutely trashed drunk!Great night!!Ah the memories!!
You would have seen it comin'
But we gave you too much time
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Old 21-01-2007, 07:11 PM
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We played there a few months back (ARM THE ELDERLY) and it was a cracker .
Great venue if not the best in Cork . Paddy is a gentleman and very helpfull to all bands who play big or small .
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Old 21-01-2007, 10:51 PM
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pretty sure paddy has sold the premises to the guy who has land behind it he's gonna develop the land but he needs to shift connollys out the way feckin shame doubt it's gonna be to much craic in leap playin gigs in sheahans or urells
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Old 22-01-2007, 02:24 AM
DJ Smithy DJ Smithy is offline
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Was down there once for a tech fm gig.
Its a beautiful spot for a gig, really warm look about the place.
I was drooling when i saw the 30 ft long? Pink Floyd banner they had.
The one of the 2 hammerrs.
It was an official one too, wouldnt mind hanging that out the front of the house!
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Old 22-01-2007, 04:31 PM
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The pub license to Connolys has been sold. I know the family well, it used to be one of my regular watering holes on a friday night. Its days as a pub are gone, however they may apply for a wine license or care license and still do music gigs. This will be further on down the road though. Don't hold your breath on it reopening soon. Its a great pity its gone but lots of factors make it harder to run a rural pub these days.
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Old 22-02-2018, 12:31 PM
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Cork's Connolly's Of Leap Wins At IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

The annual IMRO awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 11,500 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue, and from the shortlist, the public voted for their top live venues.

At the much-anticipated tenth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin this week, Connolly’s of Leap scooped up the 2017 Munster Live Venue of the Year award.

Commenting on the win, owner of the venue Sam McNicholl said “I’m absolutely over the moon. A huge thanks to all those who have made this possible: the artists, the punters, my immediate family and my extended musical family. The last two years have been a whirlwind. I’m very excited for what lies next.”Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy. Connolly’s, an intimate third-generation music venue steeped in history has seen many musical lovers flocking from far and wide to enjoy some of the very best in local, national, and international acts perform ‘Under the Hammers’. Since it’s re-opening in December 2015, Sam McNicholl has built on the strong values his late father, Paddy McNicholl, instilled in the venue. Together with his mum, Eileen McNicholl, and a small, dedicated team of close friends, Sam brings a special energy and magic to this tiny west Cork town, week after week.

We can expect more great things to come from this charming bar nestled in Leap. Coming up over the next few weeks, the line-up includes Dave Geraghty of Bell X1, Wyvern Lingo, Liam O’Maonlai, Marlene Enright, Stephen James Smith, Willy Mason, Brian Deady, Wiggle and John Blek, to name a few. Head west and raise a glass to the Connolly’s team www.connollyofleap.com
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