Updated: 07/08/17 : 06:06:02
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Weekend death recalls Sligo showband era

THE HALCYON days of Sligo's emerging local showband scene are recalled with the death on Saturday of Noel McGowan.

Dozens of local showbands were formed in the early Sixties, particularly.

Members of bands in that era included such as late Sligo Champion photographer Jim Eccles and Sligo's now longest serving public representative, Declan Bree.

But the Facebook site 'Sligo bands and groups 1940s to 1970s' also documents much earlier bands' membership activity in the area.

A Telecom employee in his working life, the late Mr McGowan is remembered as a member of Sligo's La Bamba showband.

He played tenor saxophone with the band, whose members also played with the Heartbeats.

On New Years Day 1984, family tragedy struck when Mr McGowan's son Colm was one of those lost in the Lough Gill drowning of three local fishermen. 

Deceased is survived by his wife Julia, sons Paul, Robert, Noel and brother Christy.

Removal tonight, Monday, from St. Johns Hospital chapel to St Josephs Ballytivnan arriving at 7pm and burial in Sligo Cemetery after 11am Mass tomorrow, Tuesday.

Photo of La Bamba Showband is acknowledged to the website 'Sligo bands and groups 1940s to 1970s.'

It shows, back, from left: Noel McGowan, Paul McManus, Joe McDonagh;
Middle row: Michael Carty, Ski Foy, Tommy Conlon;
Michael Gilmartin is pictured centre, front.