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Yeah I remember the Barrel Organ, bit of a Rockers place iirc. I saw the Beautiful South at the Irish Centre. They'd only just formed from the ashes of the Housemartins so they done a short set, had a pint then repeated the set. Great Band.Oh, that is sad news, i remember moshing to the Pixies there in '88/'89ish i think (went backstage, somewhat awestruck and got my ticket autographed by the band - still got it!) I was only a kid but we used to go to the Barrel Organ (anyone else remember that place) and then see a band there or maybe the Kaleidoscope.
Really sad to see The Irish Centre closing. It's at the heart of the Irish Quarter and doesnt make any sense in my opinion to move it miles out of town. It will have a massive impact on the St Patricks parade down there. What's the chances they move that too into Kings Heath Park or somewhere like they did with Handsworth Carnival (moved from Soho Rd to the local park).
You cant help but think it has a lot to do with HS2 and the changes that's bringing just up from Digbeth/Deritend. The highly respected Carl Chinn has his say in this article.
Birmingham Irish Centre closing down to create 'Irish village' in Kings Heath https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/birmingham-irish-centre-closing-down-17355419#ICID=Android_BMNewsApp_AppShare
Beginning of the end for the Irish Quarter