Monday 19 March 2018

Music fans pray for Eva's full recovery

MUSIC fans were praying for Eva Berrill this week, described as one of Drogheda's finest ever singers.

As Eva Kierans, she fronted the famed Mountaineers showband with Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Mick McGowan, Tom Finglas and Brian Hoey and even appeared on the Late Late Show on two occasions after impressing Gay Byrne.

The Mountaineers were formed in 1945 and stayed as a four-piece for more than a decade, playing the cabaret scene, featuring with Dermot O'Brien and being asked to tour with Val Doonican.

They recruited a female vocalist in Eva and she went full time with them. When Gay Byrne caught their show in the Capital Cinema he had them on TV shortly afterwards.

One of the band's big hits was 'The Old Rustic Bridge By the Mill', recorded on Glenside records.

Eva's story is told in Harry O'Reilly's book 'Play it Again Paddy'.

She was placed in an induced coma as doctors continue to treat her for her injuries.

Drogheda Independent