Monday 19 February 2018

Standing room only as stars bid farewell to Mr Ticketmaster

Christy Moore, Johnny Logan and Pat Henry at the funeral of Ticketmaster boss Eamon O'Connor
Christy Moore, Johnny Logan and Pat Henry at the funeral of Ticketmaster boss Eamon O'Connor
Michael and Niamh Flatley at the funeral of Eamon O'Connor
John Reynolds
Christy Moore
Harry Crosbie
Denis Desmond
Caroline Downey
Pat Egan, music promoter
Peter Aiken
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

IT was his last show and there was standing room only.

The funeral of Ticketmaster Ireland boss Eamonn O'Connor was so well attended that good friend Harry Crosbie joked he should have sold tickets to it.

The crowd of mourners was so large that it caused major traffic delays for over an hour on the Navan Road on Dublin's northside.

At the heart of Ireland's largest ticket agency for more than 25 years, the businessman knew every major entertainer in Ireland.

And many of them came yesterday to pay their last respects.

Dancer Michael Flatley, singers Christy Moore and Johnny Logan, Boyzone's Keith Duffy, and rival concert promoters from Peter Aiken to John Reynolds, Pat Egan and Denis Desmond came to say goodbye to a good friend.

Mr Desmond of MCD told the Irish Independent that Mr O'Connor had affected the lives of so many.

"Eamonn was one of the best and this big attendance says it all. It's a sell-out," he said.

Inside the church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Fr Dan Joe O'Mahony described the 51-year-old, who died after a short illness, as "an extraordinary genius" with a heart of gold who loved music and sport.

There was a spontaneous round of applause when the hearse left the church ahead of a second service in Clare today.

Mr O'Connor's friend of more than 25 years, comedian Pat Shortt, said celebs valued his business acumen, but also his friendship. "Eamonn would have said he wasn't an entertainer, but entertainers loved being around him," he said.

"Being Mr Ticketmaster, he could be down in the O2 one night with Westlife, and then across town at the RDS the next with Lionel Ritchie".

US country music star Garth Brooks was a long time friend, and Shortt revealed that the singer once invited the actor and O'Connor to a sell-out show in Las Vegas.

"We had flights, the hotels, everything, when I realised I had a gig in Mullingar and I couldn't go," Pat recounted.

Despite the disappointment of missing the trip of a lifetime, Shortt said that he and O'Connor had enjoyed a motorbike holiday together two years ago.

Mr O'Connor is survived by his wife Breda, son David, mother Maureen, brothers Brian and Shay and sisters Aileen and Mary.

Irish Independent

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