Saturday 16 December 2017

Dignam gets all-clear for Aslan's Australian tour

Christy Dignam was hospitalised. Photo: Tony Gavin
Christy Dignam was hospitalised. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ken Sweeney

ASLAN will depart for an Australian tour today, just two days after singer Christy Dignam was hospitalised.

The 50-year-old was rushed to hospital on Sunday afternoon after blacking out at his home in north Dublin.

However, having been kept overnight at Blanchardstown Hospital, Dignam was released yesterday morning with a clean bill of health.

Rumours of the singer's death swept the internet on Sunday night, which led to several Dublin radio stations mistakenly reporting Dignam had suffered a heart attack while on stage.

But Aslan did not in fact perform a concert that had been scheduled last Sunday night due to the singer's illness.

Speaking last night, Aslan guitarist Billy McGuinness spoke of his group's relief that Dignam was now in good form and that the band would be able to perform dates in Australia, which had been cancelled earlier this year due to volcanic ash grounding flights.

"I have been talking to Christy and he seems to be fine. What is mystifying is that he only had a medical two weeks ago and was told he was in good health," said McGuinness.

Aslan will perform in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane on their first Australian tour.

Irish Independent

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