Hometown honours for Val and Brendan
THE careers of entertainers Val Doonican and Brendan Bowyer came full circle last night when they were given the freedom of their native Waterford.
Although one found fame on the BBC and the other in Vegas, both returned as "two of Waterford's finest" according to the city's mayor Mary Roche at the ceremony held in City Hall.
"This has been like closing a door on my career in the loveliest way. I feel like I'm back with people where I started, almost as if I have a circuit, picked up all my trophies and now I'm back in the restroom," said Doonican.
Bowyer was also relishing his return to the city he left in 1967 for Las Vegas.
The 72-year-old said he felt the spirit of his late father Stanley was with him last night.
"My father made such a contribution to the music, culture and social life of Waterford," Bowyer told the Irish Independent.
"I feel like I'm accepting this on his behalf and he is here with me tonight."