Great night out honours the bard of Listowel

Alan O'Keeffe

A heart-warming musical commemoration of the life and talents of the late Dr Louis O'Carroll attracted a big crowd in Dublin.

More than 150 people attended the event at Ryan's pub in Queen Street, where a large picture of Louis was displayed with the title The Bard of Listowel.

The psychiatrist, a renowned singer and storyteller, died in a traffic accident last month.

Dr O'Carroll, with his brother Gerry, was a stalwart member of the Thursday Club, which met weekly at the pub for several years.

The club was reconvened in his honour on Thursday night, when friends, relatives, and former club members took part in a evening of stories and song.

Event organiser Aileen O'Meara said: "He was a wonderful, kind and unassuming gent and will be sadly missed by all his pals."

A plaque with the words 'For Louis O'Carroll, esteemed member of Frank Ryan's Thursday Night Club' was presented to his family.

Dr O'Carroll's brother, retired Detective Inspector Gerry O'Carroll, accepted the plaque, which will be hung in a place of honour in Jet O'Carroll's public house in Listowel.