The worlds of politics, religion, music and sport were united in sadness last night as people from all walks of life paid tribute to Irish country music legend Big Tom McBride.
Tributes poured in from across the nation, as news spread that the much-loved 'King of Country' had passed away yesterday morning with his family at his side following an illness. He was 81.
He was revered on both sides of the Border, filling ballrooms and dance halls during the 1960s and 1970s when people would travel from across the country to see him in a career spanning five decades.
The farmer from Oram, Co Monaghan, was credited with coining the term "Country and Irish".