Saturday 17 March 2018

Cream of Irish rock to pay tribute to legendary critic George Byrne at charity gig

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SOME of the biggest names in Irish rock will gather to pay tribute to legendary critic George Byrne next week.

John ‘George’ Byrne, one of the country’s most acclaimed entertainment critics, died in April after a short illness.

Now the music world is gathering to pay tribute – with Pugwash, Something Happens!, Paul Cleary, Dermot Lambert and other special guests gathering in Whelan’s on Friday June 26th.

Tickets for ‘Celebrating George’ cost €20, with all proceeds going to a local Liberties charity.

The event is expected to be a sell-out, so advance booking is recommended.

Byrne began his writing career as a music journalist with Hot Press magazine,  building on his experience of playing in bands like Autobop and The Gorehounds in the ‘80s.

He then wrote for The Herald  as a TV and movie critic – which he did up until weeks before his death.

He was also a regular reviewing films on the Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk.

Byrne established himself as one of the most quotable critics in Ireland, his considered opinions delivered with panache making him a firm favourite with readers.

Tickets for the event can be booked on

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