Wednesday 20 June 2018

WATCH: John C. Reilly sings The Wild Rover in trad session at Co Clare pub

John C Reilly with nine-year-old Hannah Greaney

Mark McConville and Caitlin McBride

Some people went out on the tiles last night, others were treated to a trad session led by Hollywood actor John C. Reilly.

The Step Brothers and Wreck It Ralph star has been in Ireland for several weeks - first to appear at the Galway Film Fleadh and now on an extended holiday with his family.

And he's clearly getting into the thick of it as he treated revellers to a performing of The Wild Rover in Co Clare last night in Gus O'Connor's Pub, known for it's great food and music.

Having starred in Chicago in 2002, it's no surprise that the man has a serious set of pipes on him, but it's not often you see the star of an international smash musical wearing a tweed flat cap singing in your local.

Reilly is currently holidaying on our shores with his wife Alison and two children and the foursome were dining at Gus O’Connor’s pub when he was bombarded by fans for a word.

Barman Gearoid Kelly said there were no Hollywood airs or graces about the star, who happily posed for photographs with fans.

“I heard he was in the area and he came in last night with his family,” Gearoid told  “He was an absolute gent. He talked to everyone and took pictures, - there was no fuss or hassle with him. None of this Hollywood star nonsense, pure normal.

“He had heard of Doolin and came here to relax with his family. He also mentioned he was going to go to Galway and has a couple more days in Ireland.”

Another pub goer, Robert Greaney said that the Guardians of the Galaxy star simply immersed himself in the music when he heard the session start with musicians Hugh Healy, Eric Healy, Noel O'Donoghue and Feilim Collins.

"It was a great night," he said. "He’s a tall man and he just walked and joined in with a trad session that was going on. He waited his turn and stood up and sang. He has a fabulous voice.

John C Reilly with nine-year-old Hannah Greaney
John C Reilly with nine-year-old Hannah Greaney

"He was belting it out and knew every word. He was being hounded but it didn’t faze him even though he was sitting with his family having dinner.

"I've never seen as many phones taking pictures and he was more than happy to get a picture with my daughter Hannah (nine)."

Robert also said that he impressed the crowd with his down-to-earth nature, shunning any VIP treatment on the night.

"The best bit about it was he was up and down to the bar himself. No waitress to get him stuff," he added.

"He queued up like the rest of us. Some man."

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