Tuesday 28 March 2017

McEvoy gets €80,000 libel award from impresario

Singer Johnny McEvoy
Singer Johnny McEvoy
Music impresario James McGarrity

Aoife Finneran

SINGER Johnny McEvoy has been awarded €80,000 in damages after he was defamed by a country and western impresario.

Mr McEvoy's manager Darren Farrell was also awarded €100,000 in damages arising from action against James McGarrity and his company, JW Promotions.

Mr McEvoy, whose songs include the 1960s Number One hit 'Mursheen Durkin', and Mr Farrell claimed Mr McGarrity had damaged their professional reputations by intentionally using Mr McEvoy's name on promotional material for a tour he had not committed to.

The Irish Independent revealed in July that Mr McGarrity had been involved in clashes with a string of top music stars, including American country legend Vince Gill.

Earlier this year, Mr McGarrity cancelled his Keltic Hooley festival in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, at short notice, citing poor advance sales.

Beforehand, the advertised headline act, Shane MacGowan, posted a message on his official website declaring he was not due to appear.

Yesterday, the court agreed to award €80,000 to Mr McEvoy and €100,000 to Mr Farrell.

Mr McGarrity, of Ramoan Avenue, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, and his company were not represented in court,

But in an affidavit from last January, he denied he had used words that constituted defamation or malicious falsehood.

Mr McEvoy, of Seabourne View, Anchorage, Greystones, Co Wicklow, said advertising material without his consent had caused him great upset, because "one of the worst crimes a performer can commit is not turning up".

He said he had suffered stress because of the situation and that this had affected his shows and also his wife and family.

Both he and Mr Farrell, of Glencairn Walk, Leopardstown, Co Dublin, claimed the actions of Mr McGarrity and his company had portrayed them as being unprofessional, engaging in overcharging, and that they suffered damage to their reputations, considerable distress and embarrassment.

The men claimed that in January 2010, Mr McGarrity sought to engage the services of Mr McEvoy for a 'Best of Ireland' tour in June and July 2010.

A number of emails were exchanged.

In an email from January 22, 2010, Mr Farrell confirmed his client could not take part in any tour dates.

In March 2010, Mr Farrell became aware of the existence of advertising material for the 'Best of Ireland' tour which featured Johnny McEvoy's name and image without consent.

Irish Independent

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