Trouble Pilgrims at The Olympia Theatre as part of The Boomtown Rats 40th anniversary show.


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TV Tube Heart was recorded in Lombard Studios in July 1977 and released in Ireland on CBS and on Chiswick in the UK in October of that year. The album was produced by Roger Armstrong and garnered positive reviews on it’s release. “A collection of 13 Spirited rock ‘n’ roll performances” – Sounds. Each song comes across as a classic … the album as an album is stunning”  – Mark Perry. “A great debut  … stands head and shoulders above so much currently going down” – Hot Press.

An opinion not shared by the house engineer who walked out of the session declaring he wasn’t going to work on this “shit”. A move which promoted tape-op Johnny Byrne to that position. Some 38 years later the album got it’s first airing in its original running order in Toners in Baggot Street. A street where the band had often played in the Baggot Inn in those heady days of ’77.

Trouble Pilgrims New Single Instant Polaroid

Founding Radiators from Space members Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid still head the band now called Trouble Pilgrims (after their third album and in acknowledgement that the loss of founding member, co-writer and friend Philip Chevron made continuing under the original name an impossibility given Philip’s major contribution to the band). The duo were accompanied by long-time drummer Johnny Bonnie and recent recruits Tony St Ledger and the latest in a long line of bass players Bren Lynott. Bren was in the audience for that performance but joined the band shortly after. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the band played those songs with fire and passion.

However it had never been the policy of the band to look backwards and new material was constantly being written or sourced. The Trouble Pilgrims first release was a double A-sided 7″ single with a Pete Holidai original Animal Gang Blues sharing the spotlight with a explosive cover of the Bo Diddley classic Who Do You Love?. The band subsequently went into the studio to recording tracks for the debut Trouble Pilgrims album to be released in 2016.

Trouble Pilgrims play Radiators From Space TV Tube Heart

At the request of John Foley of MCD, Trouble Pilgrims were asked to again (for the what could well be last time) perform the TV Tube Heart album in it’s entirety while supporting the Boomtown Rats in the prestigious Olympia Theatre in Dublin (a venue that had previously played for the #chevronlives – Philip Chevron Testimonial). The Rats were doing the 40th anniversary. Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid were also sharing a 40th anniversary of working together as Greta Garbage and the Trash Cans back in 1975.

Being the punks that they are the decided to following their instincts and ditch the final album track Party Line in favor of a brand new song written collaboration by Steve Rapid and Tony St Ledger. Instant Polaroid (The Man On The Bridge). A recording that had been released via iTunes just four weeks before with a superb media response and air play from Paul McLoon, Pat James and Dave Fanning. The reaction confirmed that they were “the best new old band in Ireland” as one fan had posted. It was an exciting evening for the band who delivered the set with energy and conviction following a introduction from their friend and supporter Mr. BP Fallon. A good time was had by all with a lot more to come in the coming year. You can’t run from trouble there ain’t no place that far.

Boomtown Rats Trouble Pilgrims SOLD OUT at The Olympoa Theatre Dublin

Gerry “BITZY” Fitzgerald gets the final word.

Ok, so no one has bothered to write a review of The Trouble Pilgrims gig last Sunday….I ain’t seen any “journos” penning a review…so here goes…
The Rads/Pilgrims took to the stage shortly after 8pm to great anticipation…master of ceremonies BP Fallon eloquently introduced them…”I believe in trouble pilgrims”…
Q Phillip Chevrons ear splitting feedback intro into TV Screen and we were off…Hardly time to take a breath before Prison Bars and Great Expectations were scorched out in quick succession…Remember this was the last time this seminal Irish Debut was to be heard in its entirety…There was hardly any time for between song banter as the songs punctuated the Olympia like a machine gun…the crowd loved it…lapped it up…old men threw down their walking sticks and pogoed for all it was worth…the playing was superb….tight as a camels arse in a sandstorm…The band looked great….Steve rapid resplendent in a white 10 gallon hat accompanied by Pete Holidai in rock n roll jacket and specs…Enemies was the highlight along with Sunday World….Blitzin at the Ritz a cracker…Phillip must have been looking down on them…The Olympia being the last stage he was on…out with the old in with the new in the shape of Instant Polaroid….a classic stomping new record by the pilgrims…then they were gone…14 songs in under 40 minutes….as Steve Rapid closed with “we’re still alive” …and then some…if ya missed it…Tough!!

Gerry Blitzy Fitzgerald-Trouble Pilgrims Gerry “BITZY” Fitzgerald

Trouble Pilgrims new live show announced at The Bello Bar Friday Nov 6th.You can’t run away from trouble, there ain’t no place that far.


@TroublePilgrims @BelloBarDublin #lookingfortrouble #instantpolaroid Trouble Pilgrims @ The Bello Bar Fri, Nov 6th.
@TroublePilgrims @BelloBarDublin #lookingfortrouble #instantpolaroid Trouble Pilgrims @ The Bello Bar

Trouble Pilgrims new live show announced at The Bello Bar (Beneath The Lower Deck), Portobello on Friday, November 6th. Launching their new single “Instant Polaroid”. DJ Karl Tsigdinos will be on “The Decks”.

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Rip’n’Run Festival Of Basketball 2015 in association with Robinson’s and The Irish Daily Star a winning combination this summer.


Rip‘n’Run Festival of Basketball is a Fully Supervised Residential Basketball Camp in The Kings Hospital Palmerstown Dublin. This amazing summer of basketball and new friendships started right here! Both weeks for a second year in a row completely sold out! Rip’n’Run was founded in 1999 by three of Ireland’s best basketball coaches, Mark Ingle, Mark Scannell and Adrian Fulton. Rip’n’Run is a fully supervised Residential Camp at Kings Hospital College Dublin – 25 Acres of Parkland and facilities – Boys and Girls aged 11 and upwards.

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Rip’n’Run directors feel that there is a need for a camp to attract the good players at National, Regional,Club and School levels and to advance them to the next level. A lot of the drills and techniques used at Rip’n’Run you will not see at other camps. The skills will be taught in game related situations.

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No Off Switch at The Tavern. Andy Kershaw brings his show to Howth, Dublin on Saturday 6th June.


Andy Kershaw - Tony St Ledger Creative ServiceAndy Kershaw, DJ, Broadcaster, War Reporter, Roadie, Polymath etc. coming over to Howth on the afternoon of Saturday 6th June to perform the Irish debut of his two hour one man show based on his acclaimed autobiography ‘No Off Switch’. It’s going to be a unique experience with live music by Clashjamwallop and the entire gig will be professionally filmed on the day. The show is a late addition to The Howth Literary Festival but will be a bit livelier than the usual 20 min book recital!

‘Sensational… wildly hilarious. An amazing read. An amazing man. The !nest British broadcaster bar none.’ Stephen Fry

‘A gloriously cheeky bastard. Read this book. Untitled-1 1 A handbook for these times’ Pete Townshend

‘Andy Kershaw made me travel a little further than I normally do’ Michael Palin

‘This book is already a classic’ Fergal Keane

‘Passionate and furiously funny – Andy Kershaw is unfailingly fearless’ Dame Ann Leslie

`A national treasure and born again hero’ Daily Telegraph

‘Andy Kershaw, without you we wouldn’t know nothin’! Rock on.’ Joe Strummer (2001)

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Tickets HERE or at Venue on the day.

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Make Allen Recruitment work for you


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Allen Recruitment. We are a specialist Recruitment Agency founded in 1998, based in Dublin, London and Cork working with companies in the information technology sector, providing staff to fill both technical and non-technical jobs in Ireland and the UK.

Our permanent, temporary and contract jobs are with multinationals, early stage technology and local indigenous companies. They are in areas such as Software Programming, Testing, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Multilingual, Finance, HR and much more.
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Academy of Aviation takes off


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Academy of Aviation is a new training provider based at The Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. The focus is to deliver quality aviation induction programmes to those interested in taking a step towards an exciting career in:

Airport Passenger Services (Check-in, Boarding & Arrivals, Security and Ramp Agent)

Cabin Crew – Air Stewardess/Steward, Air Hostess/Host,

Flight Attendant Flight Dispatch More details and to secure your place go to www.aoa.ie

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