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Coughlan and O'Hagan in the late 1980s
Background information
OriginCork, Ireland
Years active
  • 1980–1988
  • 2018–2019
Associated actsThe Fatima Mansions, The High Llamas, Stump
Past membersCathal Coughlan
Sean O'Hagan
Mick Lynch
Nick Montgomery
Jon Fell
Dave Galvin
Chris McCarthy
Aisling Hayden
Rob McKahey
Tom Fenner
James Compton

Microdisney was an Irish rock band formed in Cork in 1980. It was founded and led by the songwriting team of Cathal Coughlan (keyboards, vocals) and Sean O'Hagan (guitar).[2] They reached the Irish top 40 with the 1987 single "Town to Town",[3] and were one of the few Irish bands of the 1980s to achieve international success.[4]

After their 1988 breakup, O'Hagan and Coughlan formed separate bands, the High Llamas and the Fatima Mansions, respectively. In 2018, Microdisney reunited for the first time in thirty years, performing live in Dublin and London.[1] In February 2019, they played their last shows in Dublin and Cork.[5] The members of Microdisney were awarded a IMRO/NCH Trailblazer Award, given to "culturally important" Irish albums (in this instance, for The Clock Comes Down The Stairs) in 2018. [6] Both members remain musically active.



Studio albums

  • Everybody Is Fantastic (1984)
  • The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (1985)
  • Crooked Mile (1987)
  • 39 Minutes (1988)

Other albums


  • "Hello Rascals" (1982)
  • "Pink Skinned Man" (1983)
  • "Dolly" (1984)
  • In the World EP (1985)
  • "Birthday Girl" (1985)
  • "Town to Town" (1987)
  • "Singer's Hampstead Home" (1987)
  • "Gale Force Wind" (1988)


  1. ^ a b Clayton-Lea, Tony (3 June 2018). "Microdisney come full circle. Welcome back, you little rascals". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason (n.d.). "Microdisney". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Singles Charts - Placement - Search - Microdisney". irishcharts.ie. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ Power, Ed (28 June 2017). "Sean O'Hagan returns to 'cosmopolitan' Cork". The Irish Examiner.
  5. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony. "Cathal Coughlan: 'Microdisney ran its course. Let's just leave it'". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ "There's an Ironic Symmetry there, and I feel pretty good about it." Cathal Coughlan interview, The Ticket Magazine, The Irish Times, February 16, 2019( pp. 8-9).

Further reading[edit]

  • Mark. J. Prendergast "Irish Rock: Roots, Personalities, Directions" [Paperback]
  • Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans Of Ping by Mark McAvoy. Published by Mercier Press (2009) ISBN 9781856356558

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