Big Tom Passes Away

Big Tom Passes Away

The Monaghan-born singer formed his band Big Tom and the Mainliners back in the 1960s and he was still performing live right up until recently.

Local country music fans are in mourning today after the news emerged that Big Tom McBride has passed on at the age of 81.

"Dad passed away peacefully in the company of his family". I enjoyed tremendously meeting him on more than one occasion and getting to know him a little bit and certainly enough to know that this is truly a sad day for the country music scene in Ireland.

"May he rest in peace".

His death follows the passing of his wife of more than 50 years, Rose, earlier this year.

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"Big Tom is a household name, not only in Ireland, but in many parts of the UK".

Tributes have already begun to pour in for the man Big Tom, whose career in country music spanned five decades.

"On behalf of the priests and people of the Diocese of Clogher, I pray that God will grant Big Tom eternal rest and I extend to his family our prayers and honest sympathy at this time". He reached out to people in Ireland and those people who had emigrated from Ireland. "He was the first to break into the main stream music business and appeared on many United Kingdom music shows before any other Irish country music stars". "I want to extend my sympathies to his family and friends".

"He will be missed so, so much".

Speaking to Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Donegal singer Daniel O'Donnell described Big Tom McBride as "The King" of Irish country music.

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