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Meet the Irish Elvis tribute acts: ‘I just move the drums and guitars to one side to get the spuds and cabbage in’

As Baz Luhrmann’s biopic hits cinema screens this weekend, Patrice Harrington talks to the men who perform as the legendary singer 

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Ciaran Houlihan won the European Elvis Championships in 2012. Photo: Mark Condren

Ciaran Houlihan won the European Elvis Championships in 2012. Photo: Mark Condren

Greengrocer Kevin Doyle sometimes goes from gigs to the market

Greengrocer Kevin Doyle sometimes goes from gigs to the market

Tim Ryan has performed at funerals. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Tim Ryan has performed at funerals. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Daniel Kirwan at his home Graceland in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photo: Paul Sharp

Daniel Kirwan at his home Graceland in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photo: Paul Sharp

Rob Kingsley has been around the world performing as Elvis

Rob Kingsley has been around the world performing as Elvis

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Ciaran Houlihan won the European Elvis Championships in 2012. Photo: Mark Condren

Variety magazine has called it a “fizzy, delirious, impishly energised, compulsively watchable two-hour-and-39-minute fever dream”.

If that review is not enough to entice you to see director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic Elvis — starring Austin Butler as Presley and Tom Hanks as his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker — perhaps the devotion of Ireland’s Elvis tribute artists (ETAs) might.


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