Kerry joins in tributes to ‘a man of class’

Paying tribute: MEP Seán Kelly with Fr Brian D’arcy after the service

Kerry was very well represented at the funeral Mass for the late great entertainer Brendan Bowyer who performed to packed houses so many times in the county over the decades.

A celebration of life for the music icon took place in his native Waterford City on Wednesday afternoon and warm tributes were paid to the man famous for his powerful rendition of The Hucklebuck.

Killarney-based Ireland South MEP, Seán Kelly, and renowned Elvis tribute act and music man Mark Leen, from Tralee, were both in attendance to pay their respects to one of the greatest entertainment stars Ireland has ever produced.

A fabulous portrait of Brendan Bowyer on the altar in Waterford in a screen-grab from the live-streaming of the moving service

A superstar of the sixties, Brendan died in Las Vegas in 2020 but the funeral service in his native city was delayed due to the pandemic. Hundreds of people packed the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford for a Mass celebrated by the singer’s great friend, Fr Brian D’arcy.

MEP Seán Kelly said he was very pleased to make it to Waterford for what he described as a very moving Mass.

The former GAA President said he met Brednan and his daughter, Aishling, very frequently at GAA All-Ireland golf challenge events and he described him as “a man of class”.

Tralee entertainer Mark Leen said on social media: “Such a beautiful and fitting tribute for Brendan Bowyer in Waterford Cathedral. Fr Brian D’arcy, the Showband Priest, did an amazing job”.

He added: “Brendan Bowyer, farewell my old friend. You were a great entertainer, Irishman and your light will continue to shine”.

During the Homily, Fr D’arcy recalled how Brendan and his friends changed the music industry in such a powerful way.

He enjoyed great success with the Royal Showband before forming The Big Eight and he moved to Las Vegas where he attained legendary status, mixing regularly with his pal Elvis Presley with whom he was often compared.

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