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The late Big Tom had a number of links to Dundalk

The late Big Tom had a number of links to Dundalk

The death has occurred of well known Irish country music star Big Tom, who had a number of links to Dundalk.

Tom McBride was from nearby Oram, outside Castleblayney, Co Monaghan but had performed several times in this area down through a career which spanned six decades.

Dundalk man Syl McKevitt, formerly of Ashgrove on the Avenue Road, who passed away in 2009 was an original member of Big Tom’s legendary band The Mainliners while Tom also performed with and alongside several other local musicians down through a memorable career.

In a statement confirming his passing, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father Big Tom McBride (RIP) this morning.

“Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family.

“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“May he rest in peace.”

Tom McBride’s wife Rose passed away in January. Funeral arrangements later.

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