David Finnegan


Dave Finnegan’s born in 1967 is a well known musician and actor who grew up on Captain’s Road in Crumlin. His story reads like a rock ‘n’ roll anthem—filled with highs, lows, and a passion for music that refuses to be silenced. From his early days jamming on the streets of Dublin to his rise to fame as the head-banging drummer in “The Commitments,” Finnegan’s journey is a testament to talent, perseverance, and a whole lot of grit.

Finnegan’s love affair with music began at a young age. Inspired by legends like Elvis Presley and Bruce Lee, he was drawn to the infectious beats of rockabilly and the raw energy of martial arts. These influences would later shape his electrifying stage presence and signature style as a musician.

Before hitting the big screen as Mickah Wallace in “The Commitments”, Finnegan cut his teeth in Dublin’s bustling music scene. Whether he was busking on Grafton Street or tearing up the stage with his band, The Boneshakers, he was known for his wild antics and infectious energy that left audiences craving for more. “It was all about the music and the adrenaline rush,” Finnegan recalls with a chuckle. “We’d play anywhere and everywhere, from dingy bars to crowded street corners. As long as there was a beat, we were there.”
But it was Finnegan’s larger-than-life persona and undeniable talent that caught the attention of filmmakers casting for “The Commitments.” Despite his initial hesitation, Finnegan’s audition—complete with an impromptu drum solo and some gravity-defying stunts—sealed the deal and landed him the role of a lifetime. “Playing Mickah Wallace was a wild ride,” Finnegan admits. “He was this rough-around-the-edges, no-nonsense drummer with a heart of gold. I could relate to him in so many ways, but he was also a bit of a loose cannon, which made him a blast to play.”

The success of “The Commitments” catapulted Finnegan into the spotlight and he faced his toughest battles yet—struggling against personal demons and grappling with the challenges of life and all that fame brings with it. It was a long and arduous road, filled with twists and turns, but Finnegan refused to let his obstacles define him. Through sheer determination and a relentless spirit, he confronted his struggles head-on, emerging victorious on the other side, embracing his identity as a musician and carving out a niche for himself in the music world.
“Finding my voice as an artist was a journey,” Finnegan reflects. “But every setback and every struggle only made me stronger. I learned to trust myself and my instincts, and that’s what ultimately led me back to where I belong—on stage, doing what I love.” Today, as the frontman of Dave Finnegan’s Commitments, Finnegan continues to rock audiences with his electrifying performances and timeless music. From sold-out shows to international tours, he’s living proof that passion and perseverance can overcome any obstacle.

“As long as there’s a beat and a stage, I’ll be there,” Finnegan declares with a grin. “Music is my lifeline, and I’ll keep playing until the day I die. That’s a commitment you can count on.”

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Connection with area: Irish musician who was born and lived on 335 Captain's Road, Crumlin.