Inside the Irish Rock N’ Roll Museum Experience

Published August 20, 2015 by klaramcdonnell

As some of you know, I am a rock n’ roll tour guide at The Irish Rock N’ Roll Museum Experience in Templebar. Today, a press photographer came along on one of the tours and he very kindly sent me some of the photos he took. The tour brings guests around two buildings, The Button Factory/Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios and Temple Lane Recording Studios. We only opened in July and already have seen so many guests come in and experience the museum.


Me at the reception of Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios – Copyright Mark Stedman 2015

Inside Apollo studio, looking at the Neve desk

Inside Apollo studio, looking at the Neve desk – Copyright Mark Stedman 2015

The most impressive part of the tour (in my humble opinion), is Apollo Studio, where Ireland’s biggest mixing desk is housed (a Neve desk with 72 channels) and the room is now dedicated to Phil Lynott. His famous mirror bass can be seen (in a glass case for protection) and two of his guitars.

I enjoy working in the museum and have fond memories of the place as a venue. When I was 18 I performed there on the stage many times at Popmadness, which was an all day under 18’s music event ran by Eddie McGuinness. I also played there in my 20’s, when I was performing for a gig (a great music networking/showcase site that no longer exists). I have jammed in the rehearsals rooms many times over the years too.


Michael MacLennan shoot

Published August 13, 2015 by klaramcdonnell

On Monday morning, myself and the guys at The Sound Feed went out on one of our fun road trips to film a The Sound Feed Presents show. This time we were only travelling as far as Rathmines to chat to Michael MacLennan and record one of his songs. The location for the shoot was The Music Institute, which Michael teaches at and runs.


Dave and Ray filming Michael MacLennan

After our shoot, myself, Ray and Dave had lunch in the very yummy Bark Coffee in Rathmines. I think I may have mentioned it before but they really do make the best matcha lattes.



Behind the scenes of filming on The Sound Feed

Published July 23, 2015 by klaramcdonnell

This week (on Wednesday) we filmed Dave McGuinness and Oliver Cole for The Sound Feed Presents.

Dave came in and played two of his songs for us in the Zinc Digital Media studios. I really enjoyed getting to hear him live.


Dave McGuinness in the Zinc Digital Media Studios

Dave McGuinness in the Zinc Digital Media Studios

We went on a road trip to Balrothery to Oliver Cole. We stopped by the Balrothery Inn for a very yummy dinner before heading to the church there.


Oliver Cole playing in the little church in Balrothery





Published July 16, 2015 by klaramcdonnell

On Tuesday night, I went to see “Ant-Man” in The Savoy on O’Connell street. I saw the trailer a couple of months ago and was really excited to see it. It seemed really goofy/fun and Paul Rudd is in it, who I have liked since “Clueless”. There are lots of links to other Marvel movies in the script, which some people might find annoying (I didn’t).

Me on the red carpet

Me on the red carpet

I did a little review of the movie for The Digital Feed and you can read it here:



Published July 15, 2015 by klaramcdonnell

Tonight I went to the Irish Biz Party website launch party in Mulberry Gardens, Donnybrook with the Zinc Digital Media crew.I am trying to go to more nights like this lately to network and meet like minded people.

It was great to get to meet Samantha Kelly, who started Irish Biz Party. #Irishbizparty is a trending topic (most discussed) on Twitter almost every Wednesday evening from 9pm to 11pm when the SMEs come together to offer advice on funding, marketing, etc to fellow business owners. There is also a Facebook presence for those who don’t use Twitter.




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