Showband chief Paddy Burns dies aged 79
FORMER publicist and founding manager of The Indians showband Paddy Burns has died at the age of 79.
The native of Oldcastle, Co Meath, who worked as the assistant advertising manager at the Irish Independent before he turned his talents to publicity, died on Sunday at Tallaght Hospital.
He is best known for re-branding the former 1960s showband The Casino as The Indians, who donned traditional Native American head dresses, costumes and war paint as they went on to become one of the top country bands in the 1970s. They have recently resurrected their act.
He was the band's manager from 1970 to 1984 but kept in touch with the original band members through the years until he was incapacitated by a stroke in 2004, according to his wife Freda. He is also survived by five children, Joseph, Antoinette, Deirdre, Ciaran and Neal as well as seven grandchildren and other close family members.
He will be waked at his home in Templeogue, Dublin, today before his funeral mass at St Pius X Chruch in Templeogue at 11am tomorrow.
He will be buried at the Kilmashogue Cemetery.