Friday 24 March 2017

Hundreds pay tribute to the Herald's late legend George Byrne at gig

George Byrne
George Byrne
The Radiators at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
Pugwash at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's partner Julie Sinott, friend Mark Roger and nephew Jamie Byrne at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's sister Andrea and partner Julie Sinott at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron

Alan O'Keeffe

A sold-out gig honoured the memory of Herald legend George Byrne at Whelan's in Dublin last night.

Something Happens, the band fronted by Today FM's Tom Dunne, topped the bill in the night of rich performances by bands and musicians eager to pay tribute to the much-loved journalist.

Speaking to the Herald, George's sister said they were overwhelmed by the turnout of over 500 people.

"Our family never realised how widely loved he was. It's a great comfort to us. My parents are delighted to be here but they've brought ear-plugs," she laughed.

George's close friend Ian O'Doherty said his death "left a gaping chasm in all our lives. Everything is just duller without him around," he added.

Paul O'Mahony, one of the organisers, said all the musicians were eager to participate.

George's partner Julie Sinott, friend Mark Roger and nephew Jamie Byrne at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's partner Julie Sinott, friend Mark Roger and nephew Jamie Byrne at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Radiators at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
Pugwash at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's sister Andrea and partner Julie Sinott at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron

Pugwash, Paul Cleary of The Blades, Trouble Pilgrims, and Dermot Lambert of Blink were just some of the rich talent playing from their hearts.

George's nephew David thanked everyone for coming and American country rock band Richmond Fortaine appeared in a short film tribute to George.

Local Liberties charities were the beneficiaries of the hugely successful event.

George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Radiators at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
Pugwash at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's partner Julie Sinott, friend Mark Roger and nephew Jamie Byrne at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
George's sister Andrea and partner Julie Sinott at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron

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