Monday 26 September 2016

Internet star who sang at pal's funeral urges people to carry donor card

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Brian O’Sullivan sings in Falvey’s pub, Killorglin, Co Kerry.
Brian O’Sullivan sings in Falvey’s pub, Killorglin, Co Kerry.

A man who became an overnight internet sensation after singing a Killers hit in tribute to his friend has used his 15 minutes of fame to call on people to carry donor cards.

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Brian O'Sullivan belted out 'Mr Brightside' from the bar counter in Falvey's pub in Killorglin on the evening of his pal Ger 'Farmer' Foley's funeral.

The rousing tribute quickly went viral and even prompted a response from the Las Vegas-based hitmakers themselves.

"Brian O'Sullivan, if Brandon (Flowers) ever needs a fill-in, we're calling you! May we all have friends like this," read the post from the band's Facebook page.

While Brian welcomed the fun surrounding the video, he prompted the public to remember that Ger's friends and family in Killorglin are grieving.

The popular local man passed away aged just 45 from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) on March 21.

He is survived by his loving wife Grainne and children Isobel and Peter.

"When I stood up on that bar I wasn't standing up for people in America or Australia or in the world, I was standing up for 'Farmer'. That was my tribute to him. Going global is fantastic, but it's about Ger and CF and not me," said Brian.

"Without Ger getting a double lung transplant, back in 2003, there would be no Isobel and Peter. That's his legacy and getting that into people's heads - people can save people's lives by just carrying a donor card.

"Ger's legacy lives on because of a donor card," he told Today FM.

Irish Independent

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