Fran O Toole

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Ardal O’Hanlon: Brings just the right combination of frivolity and sincerity

People can be slow to keep a record of pleasure. We remember the serious stuff first: the battles and wars, important dates and deaths, tragedies and (...)

The Miami Showband, killed in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

The new documentary ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre has been tagged on Netflix under two uneasy, seemingly unrelated categories. The first is(...)

The Miami Showband, killed in a Troubles bomb in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

How do you write a happy-clappy, feelgood musical, complete with singalong numbers, when the story includes an atrocity? There’s a slight doubletake (...)

The Miami Showband: its members were subjected to a deadly attack in 1975 in which Robin “the Jackal” Jackson is believed to have been involved.

Police and military chiefs have been ordered to disclose intelligence files as part of a legal action being taken by relatives of those who were kille(...)

 Stephen Travers, bass player, Brian Maguire, road manager, Des Lee, saxophone player and Ray Miller, drummer, of the original Miami Showband, at a wreath-laying ceremony organised by at Parnell Square, Dublin, last August. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alan McBride’s wife, Sharon was one of 10 people killed in the IRA’s bomb attacks on Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road in 1993, an explosion (...)

Wreaths at a memorial to the members of the Miami Showband at a ceremony organised by Justice for the Forgotten in Dublin last week. Survivors of the UVF atrocity have called for soldiers who suspected their ranks had been infiltrated by loyalists to help shed light on the incident. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The survivors of the Miami Showband attack have urged soldiers who suspected their ranks had been infiltrated by loyalists to help shed light on the U(...)

Miami Showband road manager Brian Maguire with sax player Des Lee and drummer Ray Miller at a wreath-laying ceremony organised by Justice for the Forgotten at Parnell square in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“We will never forget” was the resounding message at an anniversary event held in honour of three members of the Miami Showband, who were killed in a (...)

Stewart Davis and Teresita O’Callaghan of the Lee Rowing Club receive their cheque from Simon McBeth of eFlow at the National Rowing Centre in Farran, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The spotlight will be on the stars of the future at the first Ireland trial in two weeks’ time, but the older rowers showed the way at the World Maste(...)