Nostalgic night as two Laois heavy metal bands reunite after 25 years

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

It will be a nostalgic night in Portlaoise on Saturday as two local bands will reunite after 25 years.

The two heavy metal bands, Genocide and Breed Insanity, are getting back together for one headbanging night to relive the magic of the early 90's when they last played together. 

The highly anticipated gig is expected to draw a huge crowd from all over the midlands and even further afield as they often played gigs in Tipperary, Cork, Limerick and around the country in the past. 

Colm O'Hara who has been involved with organising the gig said that some of the band members don't live locally anymore which makes the reunion even more special.

The five original members of Genocide Alan McEvoy, Bill Harney, Ken Holohan, Jimmy Hewitt and Larry Browne haven't played together in 25 years.

Breed Insanity will also reunite after 20 years with members Mick McEvoy who is a brother of Alan McEvoy in Genocide, Michael Gillen and Terry Byrne.

Many of the band members still play locally in other bands that have been formed over the years and the thriving music scene in Portlaoise has lived on. 

The bands have been practicing together in the run up to the big night and shared some photos which you can see in the gallery above.

Doors open at 8:30pm on Saturday, January 20 in Kavanagh's Pub, Portlaoise. Admission is free.

Join the Facebook event for the reunion here.

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