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Cream of Irish rock to pay tribute to legendary critic George Byrne at charity gig

Published 15/06/2015 | 13:08

George Byrne
George Byrne

SOME of the biggest names in Irish rock will gather to pay tribute to legendary critic George Byrne next week.

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John ‘George’ Byrne, one of the country’s most acclaimed entertainment critics, died in April after a short illness.

Now the music world is gathering to pay tribute – with Pugwash, Something Happens!, Paul Cleary, Dermot Lambert and other special guests gathering in Whelan’s on Friday June 26th.

Tickets for ‘Celebrating George’ cost €20, with all proceeds going to a local Liberties charity.

The event is expected to be a sell-out, so advance booking is recommended.

Byrne began his writing career as a music journalist with Hot Press magazine,  building on his experience of playing in bands like Autobop and The Gorehounds in the ‘80s.

He then wrote for The Herald  as a TV and movie critic – which he did up until weeks before his death.

He was also a regular reviewing films on the Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk.

Byrne established himself as one of the most quotable critics in Ireland, his considered opinions delivered with panache making him a firm favourite with readers.

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