A birth­day bash to re­mem­ber for Bill!

Wexford People - - NEWS - Com­piled by Anna Hayes 053 91 40145 a.hayes@peo­ple­news.ie

IT MAY have been Bill Doyle’s birth­day re­cently, but his cel­e­bra­tory bash was a walk down mem­ory lane as a host of Wex­ford mu­si­cians, past and present, en­ter­tained the al­most 200 peo­ple who packed into the River­bank House Ho­tel.

Bill, who cel­e­brated his 70th birth­day, has been a well-known fig­ure in the lo­cal mu­sic scene for the past 50 plus years. He showed no signs of slow­ing down as he played with all seven of the per­form­ers at the bash!

The house band on the night was the Top Cats, made up of Fin­tan and Colette Cleary, Tony Carty, He­lena Bates and Bill on drums. Also per­form­ing were: Ger Busher, Sharon Clancy; Don Sadler and Gary Maguire of ‘Bour­bon Street’; ‘The Menapians’ fea­tur­ing Billy Roche, Mike Od­lum, Bernie Bar­rett, Toddy Walsh and Na­dine Roche; Johnny Dunne, James O’Sul­li­van, Matthew O’Brien, Paul Mol­loy and master of cer­monies for the night Mau­rice Mc­Carthy.

There was also a spe­cial re­union of the band ‘Full Cir­cle’, which was made up of Mau­rice Mc­Carthy, Jimmy Gad­dren, An­thony Ryan and Bill on the drums.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Bill said that the main point of the event was to get ev­ery­one to­gether, say­ing there were peo­ple he hadn’t seen for years at it.

‘There was a good mix of mu­sic be­tween us all. I’ve been in­volved in mu­sic, in some way or an­other, for the last 50 years and I’ll keep car­ry­ing on in the same way. The main thing was to get fam­ily and friends to­gether for an evening of nos­tal­gia. Ev­ery­one had a great time.’

Back: Tony Ryan, Jimmy Gad­dren, Mau­rice Mc­Carthy, Matthew O’Brien, James Sul­li­van, Phil O’Byrne, Mike Od­lum and Toddy Walsh. Front: Ger Busher, Bernie Bar­rett, Sharon Clancy, Bill Doyle, Billy Roche, Johnny Dunne and Fin­tan Cleary.

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