Tuesday 12 December 2017

Christy Dignam's cancer battle to be made into RTE documentary

Christy Dignam on The Late Late Show
Christy Dignam on The Late Late Show
Aslan

Sasha Brady

RTE are set to create a documentary about Christy Dignam's long struggle with cancer.

The Aslan frontman was diagnosed with incurable terminal cancer in 2013.

But he has continued to tour with the band, in between treatment for his illness.

Now RTE want to create a documentary that charts the singer's battle with cancer as Aslan prepare for their Made In Dublin Revisited gig this June in the Iveagh Gardens.

Christy Dignam. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Christy Dignam. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bandmate Billy McGuinness told the Irish Sun, "It [the documentary] is mostly about Christy but RTE are interviewing the rest of the band next week about how Aslan have been coping with his illness."

It's believed that the documentary got the green light after a spine-tingling video of Christy (56) and Finbarr Furey singing the Green Fields of France on The Late Late Show last year was viewed over five million times on Facebook.

Aslan
Aslan

Keyboard player Fitzy has also been diagnosed with cancer but Billy has said that both band members will continue to tour.

Speaking to Independent.ie last month he said, "Look at Christy. He has no plans to stop. Not a bother on him. They'll both be on tour with us."

It was reported in the Daily Star that Fitzy will undergo "aggressive chemotherapy" this year, as Dignam returned to London's The Royal Free Hospital for more treatment.

Last year Aslan had to turn turn down shows in Dubai and Germany as a result of Dignam's illness.

The lead singer was unable to fly as he visited Beaumont Hospital every two weeks for blood tests.

However, the upbeat band are looking forward to playing to fans this year as they continue to sell out venues across the country.

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