Killarney Festival dedicates big top stage to the late Tony Fenton
Killarney Festival of Music & Food has dedicated a stage at this year's festival to the late Tony Fenton.
The Tony Fenton Stage will honour the late radio broadcaster who passed away last month and was a friend of the festival.
The stage will be hosted in a big top marquee and will feature acts and music that Tony loved including The Undertones with his good friend and Today FM colleague Paul McLoone.
Other artists appearing include the hugely popular Father John Misty, Something Happens, Walking on Cars, Kormac’s Big Band, Mundy, Booka Brass Band, KSYRAN, David Lyttle, Gangs, Guila plus more to be announced.
The festival promoters have revealed that Tony worked behind the scenes on the festival for the past four years, suggesting bands and coming up with creative ideas while also lending his voice to the festival's radio and TV adverts.
Nicola Watkins, PR Director for the Killarney Festival said, “We really miss Tony. We were so honoured that Tony was with us on 20 January to host the launch of the Killarney Festival of Music & Food’s in L’Ecrivain Restaurant as it was his last public appearance.
"Tony was a massive supporter of the Westport Festival of Music & Food and he was very excited about the festival’s move to Killarney this year – he told all his friends he would be there - however now he will be with us in spirit and always in our memories.”
Paul McLoone of The Undertones added, “ It’s so sad that Tony won’t be around for the Killarney Festival. He was really looking forward to June, and we spoke about it many times towards the end of his life.
"It’s very fitting that a stage bear his name, not only as a reflection of his close connection to the festival, and a mark of the great esteem in which he was held, but also as a reminder of what a great supporter of Irish music he was.
"I’ll be proud and honoured to lead The Undertones onto the Tony Fenton Stage at this year’s Killarney Festival, knowing that somehow, somewhere the great man will be giving it the Nod Of Respect.”