The night Johnny Cash played Mullingar! The year was 1963 and Johnny Cash came to town.
He was on a ten-night tour of Ireland, and Cash played twelve venues including ballrooms in Mullingar, Mallow, Dundalk and Athy.
Accompanied by the Tennessee Three and June Carter, the group also played a big concert in the National Stadium in Dublin.
Johnny Cash played on a Tuesday night October 15th 1963 in Mullingar at the Lakeland Ballroom to a crowd of 400 people. He played 5 to 6 songs and left Mullingar to play in another Reynolds owned Ballroom later that night.
The tour came at a hard time for the American star, however. Having sold eleven million records worldwide, his record company were unhappy with him. He was struggling with addiction to alcohol and amphetamines, and had just begun a relationship with Carter, a secret affair as both Johnny and June were married at the time.