His every move is surrounded by music and friends – and very musical friends.
I mentioned here that there was to be a Fáilte Abhaile before Bryan O’Leary as he returned home with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Ceoltóir Óg trophy last Sunday night. There was and it was quite a celebration and a wonderful gathering at Browne’s Bar.
There was a surprise in the night as well. Bryan’s da, Bertie was celebrating his birthday and a cake, with candles flaming, emerged from the kitchen. Happy Birthday – Happy Bertie ! You couldn’t make it up.
On this Easter Sunday night the televised result of the awards, which were presented at UL on Saturday, April 12th, will be seen on TG4 at 9.30pm.
For a young man who’s studying music in college, his whole life before him, a massive pedigree behind him, good nature and charm to sell and a TG4 Gradam Ceoil award on the mantle at home in Toureencahill – that’s not a bad start in life at all.
While taking it all in his stride, I don’t know if he fully appreciates how delighted people are for him. I do know that he has added enormously to the legacy and the potency of the music and culture of the area we know as Sliabh Luachra. And he’s only 20 years of age.
For all those who couldn’t get near enough to you to say so: Well Done Bryan.
TG4 tonight at 9-30pm.