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Hayes is latest Irishman to get UK honour

Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00

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Bob Geldof: among the Irish luminaries honoured by the Queen. Christian HartmannA number of Irish luminaries have been named in the Queen's Honours List in the UK over the years. Among the more high-profile ones are Bob Geldof, who has a knighthood.

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Lesser known, perhaps, is former Greencore boss David Dilger, who was awarded a CBE in 2005.

Mr Dilger stepped down as chairman of the Dublin Airport Authority in 2011 for 'personal reasons'.

Among the recipients in the latest list just published is Galway native Vincent Hayes.

The businessman has been involved in show business since he was five years old, he claims, and in the UK runs the Brick Lane Music Hall in London's East End.

He's been awarded the honour for services to the industry.

And the Galwegian couldn't have gone more native. The Brick Lane Music Hall is quintessentially British, with slapstick to vaudeville.

Launched by 57-year-old Mr Hayes in 1996, it puts on matinees with afternoon tea and evening shows with a three-course dinner.

It's a throwback to days long gone. But it obviously sells well.

When the New Year's list was published a few days ago, Mr Hayes was off on holidays in Barbados.

He tells a local newspaper his secret to success: "I'm an Irish grafter. I put on musicals people want – panto for grown-ups."

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