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PASSION: Harry Crosbie is currently occupying much of his time during Covid lockdown with a new online project where he gives his expert opinion on all things antique, such as tables, cupboards, clocks and other collectables

PASSION: Harry Crosbie is currently occupying much of his time during Covid lockdown with a new online project where he gives his expert opinion on all things antique, such as tables, cupboards, clocks and other collectables

PASSION: Harry Crosbie is currently occupying much of his time during Covid lockdown with a new online project where he gives his expert opinion on all things antique, such as tables, cupboards, clocks and other collectables

He's a man better known for trying to put bums on seats at music venues across the country before Covid-19, but right now it's just the seats that serial entrepreneur and promoter Harry Crosbie is thinking about.

Although he is pressing ahead with a number of projects next year (including a series of gigs in Lissadell House in Sligo), Crosbie is currently occupying much of his time with those seats - and tables and cupboards and clocks and other antique items.

Because when he's not busy earning his living, antiques are Crosbie's passion.

And so he has taken to the internet with Harry Crosbie - 5 Minute Furniture.

Crosbie has to be more careful than most during the pandemic, having contracted Lyme disease during a trip to the United States some years ago. The condition has left him with a compromised immune system.

"I have to take precautions so I'm indoors more than I used to be. This is one way of passing the time and maybe entertaining other people," he said.

Crosbie's love of antiques is life-long. "When I was a kid, we used to deliver furniture and I got interested back then. And it has stayed with me," he added.

"I'm lucky in that I've been able to ask friends and friends of friends to lend me pieces to talk about in the videos. I'd love to own a lot of that stuff, but the people who do own it are hanging on tight. I love old furniture and the history that comes with it."

Crosbie stresses that his online venture, which can be watched on YouTube, is for ordinary people "like myself" and not for experts or those trying to make money.

Sunday Independent