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MARK LEAVES 'EM ALL SHOOK UP

OVER 3,000 SAY FAREWELL TO EMERALD ELVIS

SIMON BROUDER

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.
Credit: Galvin. Photo by Michelle Cooper
Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

OVER 3,000 Elvis fans packed into Killarney's INEC over the weekend to watch Tralee-based entertainer Mark Leen take his final bow as The Emerald Elvis.

Elvis passed away at age 42 and Mark, who reaches that milestone this year, said he didn't think it would be appropriate to continue performing as Elvis when he is older than the iconic performer.

To give his alter ego a fitting send off Mark played three final concerts as the Emerald Elvis at Killarney's INEC at the weekend as a final thank you to his many fans before he hangs up his Elvis costumes for good to concentrate on writing and releasing his own material.

The weekend's "Aloha from Killarney" concerts were a huge success for the veteran entertainer, who has been performing as Elvis since 1997, with well over 3,000 attending the three nights and hundreds travelling to the INEC from Tralee in a number of specially commissioned coaches.

Saturday night also saw tributes to two Kerry greats, Páidí O'Sé and the late Tralee jazzman Billy Curtin, whom Mark sang "My Way" in honour of. Sunday nights concert, billed as the "Final Curtain," saw Mark officially retire as the Emerald Elvis, symbolically throwing his cape into the crowd.

"I had a great time doing it but it's now time to say goodbye to the King," said Mark.

"The three concerts we're fantastic. It was an emotional occasion and I'd like to thank all my fans who came along and everyone who has supported me through the years," he said.

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