Last week, Mick turned 70 in his beloved Rathconrath and the man who has played along with Tony Allen on some of the biggest stages overseas, took it all in his stride. From horses to handball and boxing to music, Mick has been around the course.

Born near Ballymore Eustace in Co Kildare, the family moved to Rathconrath between Mullingar and Ballymahon in 1960. His father was a horsebox driver in Kildare, taking horses to race meetings, and Mick has a great love for horses since his childhood years.