The Dead Friends & other West Cork Tales

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Five teenagers gather at a party in a bedsit in Dunmanway, West Cork during mushroom season in 1993 – a Curehead, a couple of ravers, a punk and a mod. Only the Curehead – me, Dave Lordan – is left on this Earth in 2018.

In this six-episode memoir, I delve into each of the four dead friends’ lives, and each of their deaths, in turn – before ending with a demon-haunted climax in Gatsby’s “niteclub”.

New episodes of The Dead Friends will be released each Wednesday from 26 September to 31 October. You can get them here on the Dublin Inquirer website, or via the Dublin Inquirer Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Libsyn[Editor’s note: You can listen to episode 1 below. We’ve also released episode 2 and episode 3 already.]

The Dead Friends is a poignant obituary for the four dead friends, and will also range widely over a variety of youth-culture and West Cork-related subjects, from West Cork’s victory over the British empire in 1919–21, to the ideal way to prepare and enjoy magic mushrooms with your friends. It is a kind of people’s history of that head-spinning time, in that fast-changing part of the world.

If you like hallucinations, true ghost stories, demonology, guerilla warfare, shipwrecks, the Virgin Mary, Sam Maguire, Robert Smith, Tom Barry, Dub Reggae, Diesel Hash or Champagne Cider, this is memoir for you.

Anybody interested in DIY, punk, raver, small-town-prole culture in the west of Ireland, in the just-before-the-Internet period of The Stone Roses, Spiral Tribe and New Age Travellers will enjoy The Dead Friends.