Peig’s Bar is the place to be for proud Portlaoise GAA “townies” this Friday night, June 22 with the launch of a new CD to mark the historic achievement of Portlaoise footballers in winning the Laois Senior Football Championship the fith year running in 2012.
The aptly titled “5 in a Row” CD features eleven rousing favourites sung by Portlaoise players past and present, including Colm Byrne, Kieran Lillis, Conor Boyle, the Rogers brothers, Graham Brody and Micky Nolan.
The title song ‘5 in a row’ is sung by Noel Touhy, who says it is no ordinary CD.
“It is a special edition with a collage of cup presentations and team photographs. With all of this you get eleven great songs sung by a stunning array of local talent, well we are allowing ourselves some artistic licence here,” Noel laughs.
Among the songs are classics like ‘The Portlaoise Queen’, ‘Bright Blue Rose’, ‘Lovely Laois’, and ‘The Town I Loved so Well,” sung by ‘The Three Portlaoise Tenors’.
The compilation is dedicated to the memory of Peter McNulty, says Mark Kavanagh, joint team manager,
“This compilation was dreamed up over a few pints and typically great conversation by Noel Tuohy, Mick Lillis and I with a very special dedication to the memory of our good friend Peter ‘Chief’ McNulty. It is a tribute to each and everyone associated with the five teams, not only over the past five years but to everyone involved with these players’ development from the juvenile ranks all the way to senior,” he says.
The CD was recorded at Golden Egg Studios in Portlaoise, and was engineered, mixed and mastered by Brian O’Mahoney. It is retailing in local shops and is available to buy on the night at €10, with proceeds going towards the club.
“They are collectors items, they would make a lovely present for townies worldwide”, said Noel.