Celebrating 25 years / 1 handbag / 1 Murt - at the sugar club

On Saturday September 21st at 8pm join us in the Sugar Club for a very special celebration of one of Dublin’s longest running, most fun club nights and the driving force that made it all happen — Martin Thomas. Bringing you “music with words for your dancing pleasure” from the original Handbag DJs as well as some very special guests.

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The Martin Thomas Trust in association with Jigsaw, supporting Youth Mental Health was set up last year in Martins name. So far almost 6,000 euro has been ring fenced for Jigsaws bran new initiative ‘One Good School’ This project, which kicks off in September 2019 will provide much needed immediate mental health assistance in secondary schools all over Ireland.

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The Sugar Club
8 Leeson Street Lower,
Dublin 2.


Strictly Handbag was for many years, and could possibly still be Dublin’s longest running club night. It was what Monday nights were all about. A night, where even if you went out on your tod, you always knew, you wouldn’t be short of company. Who would have thought that Monday nights would become one of the busiest club nights of the week in Dublin, especially in the pre boom 90’s? Strictly Handbag in the Kitchen and then in Rí-Rá changed the face of clubbing in the capital forever and changed all perceptions of socialising for a whole generation with its mix of 80’s music with words combined with clever and innovative promotion offering an alternative to the burgeoning if repetitive heavy dance culture of the time.


People came, met, danced and drank, and created memories to last a lifetime. Music of the 80’sand 90’s was provided by the Strictly handbag DJs such as Dandelion, Fergus Murphy, Mick Heaney, Conor Ferguson, Mark Kelly, Aidan Kelly and more. On Saturday the 21st of September they will all come together once again, to transport you back to those magical Monday nights in the 90’s. Special guest DJs such as Tonie Walsh and John Locke will be jetting in from Manchester to ensure your handbag doesn’t leave the dance floor, while our special acoustic room will feature live acts such as The Strictly Handbag Band, Paul Harrington, Mike Hanrahan and Leslie Dowdall.

With plenty of prizes and surprises on the night, our mission is to celebrate the man who made the magic happen, Mr Handbag, Martin Thomas. Jim Carroll of The Irish Times described Martin as ‘The Prince of Clubland, a man who knew the ‘right combination of music, mischief, merriment and people it took to create a great night out’.


Martin wasn’t just the ‘Prince of Clubland’, he was a prince to many, a devoted dad, a soul mate, and a very loyal friend, and dancing the night away underneath one large glitter ball is how we will remember him.


On the 21st of September we want you to relive your youth, or perhaps get the one off chance to experience the amazing night you missed. So come along, bring your friends, but most importantly… don’t forget your handbag!