The Irish World was saddened to learn of the death late on Thursday night of the Birmingham Irish Centre’s legendary booker Noel Mulvey, who gave a start to several Irish acts trying to break into the UK circuit.
Noel, originally from Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, was 73. He came to Birmingham as a young man in his early twenties and worked for 53 years on the city’s buses, eventually becoming the depots’ TGWU union rep.
With his wife Queenie he was responsible for many years for booking the acts for the city’s Irish Centre including during the years when the local Irish community bore the brunt of the backlash against the IRA’s atrocities in the city, notably the Birmingham Pub Bombings in November 1974.
“We are really, really going to miss him,” said the Irish Centre’s founder Pat Owens.
“He will be very, very sorely missed as much for his personality as for everything he did for the Irish Centre and by the bands and musicians he helped over the years for whom he got work and bookings,” said Mr Owens.
No funeral arrangements have been announced but it is understood Noel will be buried in his native Leitrim. He is survived by Queenie.