Sunday 21 January 2018

'Voice' winner Pat hits high note on trip home

STORMY weather failed to put a dampener on one man's heavily anticipated return home last night.

Hundreds of youngsters braved the wind and rain to welcome home the newly crowned 'Voice of Ireland', Pat Byrne, to Borris in Co Carlow.

A crowd of about 2,000 gathered and cheered as the popular 22-year-old made his way through the town on a miniature train, led by the Rathanna Marching Band.

Jessica Dixon (12) and her eight-year-old sister Emma, from Bagenalstown, were among those waiting for over an hour to see their hero.

"He is a really great singer," said Jessica. "He is so cute, I love him," added Emma.

The man himself admitted to being a little taken aback by it all.

"It is amazing all the support I have got, I am overwhelmed by it all," he said after winning the RTE show on Sunday night.

"I can't walk down the streets without someone stopping to congratulate me."

The part-time music teacher, who also teaches guitar lessons in Borris Vocational School, performed for over an hour on a stage outside the town hall.

The miserable weather conditions didn't dampen the carnival atmosphere as the crowd sang along to a number of hits, including 'The River'.

Tommy Dunne from Kilkenny was there with his daughter Aisling Kavanagh and his granddaughter Megan, who celebrates her fourth birthday today.

"I think Pat is the best," said Megan. Aisling added that she was a big fan of Pat's mentor Bressie. "They are both amazing," she said.

Irish Independent

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