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Cricket star Patrick swapping his bat for a Barbican concert

Hubert Murphy

Published 30/10/2013 | 05:28

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Gerry Simpson and Patrick Byrne getting ready for the Augustinian Gospel Choir concert in the Barbican Centre. Picture: Paul Connor.

A CRICKET star has become a music maestro and takes to the stage at the Barbican on November 9/10 for two eagerly awaited Augustinian Gospel Choir shows.

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Patrick Byrne from The Hills cricket club near Skerries forms part of the multi-talented group that has enjoyed whirlwind success since being formed about 18 months ago.

'It's a big family.We just get up there at mass and perform and if it lets people relax for that period of time – great,' he said.

A performer on the country music scene in his own right with an album due out shortly, Patrick admits that playing with the choir has helped him immensely.

'It has given me a lot of confidence and we feel it is important to give something to the community by performing the way we do.'

Patrick has been singing since he was eight, often joining his uncle, Martin, on stage and the first song he performed was 'The Dance' by Garth Brooks and it's still his party piece all these years later.

Player of the Year with The Hills 2nds this year, his family is steeped in cricketing history around the Vineyard, his grandfather, Gerry Byrne, a leading figure in the early days.

The 'Reach Out – The Gospel Concert' show at the Barbican over two nights is on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.

Classical guitarist Pat Coldrick and Gerry Mulroy will be part of the line up for what promises to be a great night. The two causes to benefit will be the Alzheimer's Daycare Centre and the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service.

Tickets are €15 (includes a CD of last year's show in the Augustinian) and are available from the Barbican, CD World and the Augustinian Shop.

Drogheda Independent

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