SEMINAL Limerick band Granny’s Intentions, who have reformed for three sold out gigs in the Belltable, have come up with a unique solution to ensure that theirs will be the only music coming out of the theatre this weekend.
The band have made a present of a trip to Paris to garage owner Mick Daly, located in the laneway behind the Belltable, whose ongoing row with the theatre has seen productions repeatedly disrupted since it was renovated over 12 months ago.
“We are sending Mike to Paris, we have to because he is in a ‘grinding mood’ at the moment,” explained Cha Haran of the band, who is a school friend of Mr Daly’s.
“If we are to play and have three successful gigs we will have to have a bit of silence so our music will come out over Michael’s. That is part of the deal.”
Fellow Granny Jack Costelloe said: “It is to give peace a chance!”
Noise emanating from Daly’s laneway garage has repeatedly disrupted productions in the theatre since it was renovated last year, the sounds of angle grinders and revving engines having been heard during productions, as well as delaying proceedings when Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan officially opened the building recently.
Mr Daly claimed he is simply “going about his work”.
“I am working here every day for 40 years. I work at eight or nine o’clock, I am doing that for the last 40 years,” he said. The band have paid for Mr Daly to fly to Paris, covering all of his costs, flights and accommodation.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 29, 2011