So Cathal Coughlan is gone. Shattering news. Absolutely shattering news. I can barely string a thought together in the wake of the loss. Few if any artists have made me feel less alone & more empowered. My sincerest condolences to his family & friends. What bleak news. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/GBffpUhQgb
— Colin Smith 💙 🇺🇦 (@Colin_TBTAMC) May 23, 2022
One of the country’s most talented vocalists Cathal Coughlan, lead singer with the likes of 80’s stalwarts Microdisney and Fatima Mansions has died.
A statement from the 61-year-old’s family released Monday, read “He slipped away peacefully in hospital after a long illness.” Coughlan had passed away on May 18.
The family statement said a memorial ceremony would be held amongst close friends and family in the near future.
Coughlan formed Microdisney, with Luton immigrant Sean O’Hagan coming off the back of the post-punk scene in his native Cork in the early 1980’s.
The was muted success for the band despite striving to succeed in the intense environment that was prevalent in London where he had relocated from Cork.
The band produced several albums on the Rough Trade and Virgin labels, before taking the decision to split in 1988
Coughlan subsequently formed Fatima Mansions, named after the infamous Dublin flat complex by the same name.
Microdisney reunited for a brief period, playing their classic The Clock Comes Down The Stairs album at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and the Barbican in London.
Totally gutted by this. Cathal Coughlan was a colossal talent who I’d admired for years. The Microdisney comeback at the Barbican might be the best gig I’ve ever seen. Discovering that he liked our podcasts was like finding out that a god had noticed you. He deserved much longer. https://t.co/zVLzRT3O6J
— Andrew Harrison (@Nndroid) May 23, 2022