Michael Flatley, Christy Moore among well-known faces at funeral of Ticketmaster boss Eamonn O’Connor
SOME of the biggest names in the Irish entertainment industry turned out this morning to say a fond farewell to man described as "an extraordinary genius".
The funeral of Ticketmaster boss, Eamon O'Connor took place on the northside of the city and many singers which he worked alongside attended the service.
Michael Flatley, Keith Duffy, Christy Moore and Johnny Logan were among the mourners at Our Lady Help Of Christians' church on the Navan Road.
"Eamon was a dear friend and a giant of a man and a gentleman," Michael Flately told the Herald.
"He simply cannot be replaced. I loved the man," he added.
Keith Duffy had a tear in his eye as he recounted how Mr O'Connor had been there at the very start of Boyzone and helped them pull off their first major show at the old Point venue.
"We couldn't have done it without Eamon.
“It was six or seven thousand seats but Eamon was sure we could pack out the venue," said Duffy.
Concert promoter Peter Aiken - who had been one of the first to arrive at the funeral - said simply: "Eamon O'Connor was there from the start of the concert business."
Fellow promoter Pat Egan added: "Eamon always took your calls. His door was always open. He liked entertainers and entertainers liked him."
Christy Moore was also among well known faces at the service of the 51-year-old who died following a short illness.
Denis Desmond and Caroline Downey of MCD Promotions were also in attendance.
"This was Eamon's last and look at the turnout. It is a complete sell-out," Mr Desmond said.
Fr Dan Joe O'Mahony told mourners that the deceased was a major fan of Clare GAA.
Mr O'Connor was brought on his final journey home to Kilbaha, Co Clare where his funeral mass and burial takes place tomorrow morning.