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From the paper: Pat Egan – still promoting after all these years

An interview with Pat Egan, one of the first promoters to bring big rock and pop shows to Ireland

Pat Egan with Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher: "I’d hang around with a gang of people like Phil Lynott and we had a good time. Too much of a good time.”

Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 09:28


I’ve been meaning to sit down and talk with music promoter Pat Egan for a while and, lo and behold, it finally got done. The piece ran in the paper at the weekend and it’s quite a story.

Egan may claim to be shy and reticent but get him going and the yarns flow. He started out as a journalist (Spotlight magazine) and DJ in Dublin clubs (and on Radio Caroline for a spot) in the early Sixties/Seventies and he certainly enjoyed himself, going by his own account and the people he was hanging out with in the photo above. he then moved onto running record shops, live music promotion and management, including Sinead Lohan, one of the most fascinating Irish music stories ever.

Over the years and decades, Egan has promoted thousands of shows – Bob Marley in Dalymount Park being the one everyone knows – and he’s still very much in the game, as you can see from the list of shows he got me to plug at the end of the piece. Really hope to get more of these interviews with some of the great characters in the Irish music business in the bag in 2014.

Pat Egan in Dublin last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill