Dolan shows cancelled as virus strikes
Legendary showband singer Joe Dolan is seriously ill this weekend and has been forced to cancel his entire Christmas tour as a result of a mysterious virus.
The Mullingar-born singer (64), who has enjoyed success both nationally and internationally has been struck down by a "bad virus" in recent months and has forced to cease his relentless touring on doctors' advice.
Gigs all over the country have been pulled since he had to pull out of an autumn tour earlier this year after just four shows because of exhaustion. He failed to return to the stage ahead of the planned start of the Christmas and winter dates, which were subsequently cancelled, leaving thousands of his loyal fans disappointed.
His website this morning simply states: "Joe has been advised to take extra time out to recuperate from a bad virus. Joe, the Band, Manager, and Promoters apologise for the cancellations." He had been due on the road to promote his Let There Be Love album, which was released recently.
A source close to the midlands maestro said that he had been suffering from a pancreatic complaint caused by the virus. It is understood that Dolan has been seen regularly by doctors in recent weeks.
Dolan has been forced to cancel a sell-out series of gigs which were due to commence with three nights at the Red Cow Moran Hotel as well as a night in Vicar Street. The Westmeath singer was also due to perform a homecoming show in Tullamore.
Dolan last spoke three weeks ago about the earlier cancellations. He said: "Unless I can give it 100 per cent, I just can't do the show. It is the first time in a 40-plus year career I have been forced to postpone a series of shows."
At the time of the autumn cancellations, his manager released a statement which said: "Doctors have advised Joe to take some time off to recuperate after his recent illness. Joe had to cancel a show after four songs, due to exhaustion. Joe would like to apologise to all who bought tickets for the shows."
The latest bout of illness follows operations he had to replace his hips, one of which he auctioned off for the Keith Duffy's Irish Autism Charity.
Despite repeated attempts to contact him and his manager this weekend, Dolan was unavailable for comment.
Joe Dolan has been a firm favourite with fans since he first emerged during the 1960s. He is loved for such songs as Such a Good Looking Woman and Make Me an Island, which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles' charts and was a number hit 1 in fourteen others.