'Eireann Abu in London this Paddy's Day!' - Damien Dempsey lined up for 'epic' gig this weekend
"Sound the horns. Stock up on Guinness. The Irish are coming," wrote The Daily Telegraph of Ireland's illustrious sporting week, both at Cheltenham and the incoming Irish pitch invasion at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day on Saturday afternoon.
"It could be some party."
Correction: it will be some party after Joe Schmidt’s warriors seal the Grand Slam at Twickers.
And the party is set to continue back in London that night as the Irish invasion reaches Camden Town for Damien Dempsey’s concert at The Roundhouse.
“It’s going to be some Saint Patrick’s Day for the Irish in London this Saturday,” Donaghmede troubadour Damien Dempsey told Independent.ie exclusively.
“With the mighty Irish rugby team being the best team in the Northern Hemisphere this year coming as champions to TwIckenham, but also with the blood of the Grand Slam in their nostrils for to try to vanquish the old foe who will no doubt try and muster a Rorkes drift last stand performance to prevent humiliation — and win back some dignity rather than be annihilated by a rugby team from an island with a less than a tenth of their population.”
“And all on our National day!” continued Damo who was once described by Hot Press as being the spiritual off-spring of James Connolly and Bob Marley.
“It’s a dream. And more of a dream for me as it’s the first day of my annual Saint Patrick’s weekend Fleadh in London,the DamoFleadh in the stunning Roundhouse in London. Myself and band, the wonderful Beoga, Wildwood Kin, Morrissey and Marshall and Jerry Dammers of the Specials will be aiming to blow the roof off the majestic Roundhouse from 6pm to 11pm!”
“Eireann Abu in London this Paddy’s Day! It’s gonna be epic!” said Damo whose many admirers include Sinead O’Connor, Morrissey, Glen Hansard and Bruce Springsteen.
On Saturday night the illustrious Damo fanbase will now also include a few thousand Ireland rugby fans on a night of — hopefully — epic celebration in London.