A bus has been arranged by fans of the late Charleville entertainer, Johnny Barrett to his native town on Sunday July 22nd.
There and then a plaque will be unveiled to the memory of the singer / musician who played many dates in Kerry during a long career.
Bus Leaving Castleisland
Scartaglin native, Castlemaine resident, Eileen Murphy-Keating sent a note to say that the bus will leave the Brandon Hotel in Tralee at 10:30am on that morning and will make a stop in Castleisland at 11:15am.
The plaque will be unveiled at 2pm followed by the laying of a wreath on his grave.
Seats on the bus will cost €15 each.
The cost of refreshments, which have been arranged for afterwards at the Park Hotel, is not included in the price and will be paid for by those who avail of them.
Seats on the bus can be booked by contacting Eileen on: 086 1657276.
About Johnny Barrett
Johnny Barrett was one of the most celebrated names in the music business in Ireland with a career spanning almost half a century. A native of Dromina, Co. Cork he joined the Shandrum Ceili Band at the age of 16 and later the Viceroy Showband.
Cork County Council
In 1964 he quit the music business and joined Cork County Council. His love of music however, won out and he returned to the music scene in 1973, this time as a one-man band. He was one of the most popular and sought-after entertainers on the music circuit, playing a bit of everything for punters to dance along to, from waltzes to rock ‘n roll.
Devotion of Fans
He also travelled extensively to Britain and the United States.
Johnny Barrett died in December 2008 but his music lives on through the devotion of his huge fan base.
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