Thursday, 20 September, 2018


Tributes pour in for 'The King' of Irish country music

Big Tom onstage at the Cork Opera House in December 1981 Big Tom onstage at the Cork Opera House in December 1981
Hannah Rogers | 17 April, 2018, 13:45

The news was shared on his official Facebook page on Tuesday morning, April 17.

LEGENDARY Irish country music singer Big Tom McBride has sadly passed away aged 81, his family have confirmed.

Tributes have since flooded in from fans and friends who said they were "so sorry" to hear of his passing.

Mr McBride was known for his performances as the lead singer of Irish showband Big Tom And The Mainliners, who were formed in the 1960s.

"We all referred to him as the King", O'Donnell told RTE Radio 1. I was immediately struck by his friendly personality.

"Not many people are known by their first name, but that was Big Tom".

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was "very sad" upon hearing the news and said the late singer "charmed and entertained so many over the years".

"Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him".

Daniel O'Donnell said that big Tom was the pillar of country music, and with the recent passing of his wife Rose Daniel felt that he was probably heartbroken.

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