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Article reproduced from the Roscommon Herald Wed April 10, 2002

Nostalgia hits Boyle - Jivenaires together again after over 30 years

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L-R: Pat Hever, Monty & Sean Kenny outside the Forest Park Hotel having orginised their reunion ther for Friday 31st May.“It’s something I ‘ve dreamed about for a long while, but then I am a bit of a dreamer,” says one time showband saxophonist, now Dublin telecomms guru, Danny Murray. And aren’t we all dreamers on occasion? That certainly seems also to be the case for two other ex-members of the Jivenaires showband, Boyle musicians, Sean Kenny, and Frank Montgomery. Following a recent chinwag these three old friends unanimously expressed an interest in having a get-together and playing again one more time. The band disbanded in 1968.

The Jives desire to meet was spurred along by an article that appeared in the Roscommon Herald on Wednesday June 20, 2001. Sean Kenny, Monty and Patrick Hoye had contributed to this article. "A friend of mine from Westport, John Gordon, posted the article to me," explains Danny Murray. Reading the article prompted Murray to make his first contribution to the memories of his old band colleagues by setting up a website at The website, in turn, copper-fastened the interest in having a get together of all the "heads"

So, on Friday night May 31st, 2002 at the Forest Park Hotel, Boyle the Jivenaires play once more together. This promises to be a very big event and hopefully an enjoyable one for the band, for those who remember the band, and for all 60’s/70’s music followers.

Joining Sean Kenny and Monty onstage, will be Evelyn (O’Mara) who is flying in from Italy. Evelyn, known widely as "Ireland’s Little Miss Dynamite" and was considered among the foremost female singers in the country. Evelyn moved to Italy after the band broke up and married Roberto. She is now settled in Italy and loves the country there. Evelyn is a sister (twin) of Anne O’Mara who works as a receptionist in the Royal Hotel Boyle.

Making an equally long trip to be with the ex-Jivenaires is Patrick Hoye who now resides in Boston. When approached about the re-union Patrick expressed no hesitation in coming over. Patrick has continued in the music business and is a professional musician in Boston playing the music circuit there. Hoye needs no introduction to the people of Boyle, as he was a very popular guy around town and a brilliant bass-player. Playing with the Swingtime Aces and the Drifters before emigrating to the US, Patrick subsequently studied for a while in the US and obtained a Music Degree there.

Highly regarded drummers Pat Hever and Liam Conroy will both be in town for the evening. Liam took a long break from music pursuing a technical career in the dental profession. Pat Hever spent ten years out of the country before moving back to Ennis. He has since been playing professionally with a band called "Touchwood" performing mainly at weddings and other functions. A little birdie has told us that he also does a very good ?Elvis? session. Perhaps with a little encouragement from the audience, Pat can be persuaded to let Elvis take the stage! Hever will be remembered in Boyle as a great jokester – always very fast with words and enjoyable company.

It is also hoped that Ricky McCaffrey, Christy Regan, Andrew McKeon, Michael Kennedy Danny Murray, will be in the audience on the night. Sadly missing and missed will be Pat Feely (R.I.P.), vocalist and a leading light in the band from early on.

Boyle Celtic FC, who are helping with the promotion of the gig will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds.

It is hoped that all their friends from years gone by will make it to the Forest Park on Friday 31 May for what could prove to be the biggest event on Boyle’s 2002 calendar.

Interested parties may obtain more information about the reunion dance at the Jivenaires Website or by contacting Sean Kenny on 086 4038815.

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