Homecoming was ‘best gig of life’

AN OVERWHELMED and emotional Pat Byrne told thousands of fans at his homecoming in Borris that it was ‘the best gig’ of my life.

AN OVERWHELMED and emotional Pat Byrne told thousands of fans at his homecoming in Borris that it was ‘the best gig’ of my life.

Hundreds of youngsters braved the stormy weather to welcome home the Voice of Ireland, Pat Byrne in his home town of Borris in Co Carlow yesterday evening.

A crowd of about 2000 gathered in the rain and cheered on as the popular 22-year old made his way through the town on a miniature train led by the Rathanna Marching band.

Tommy Dunne from Kilkenny was there with his daughter Aisling Kavanagh and his grand daughter Megan from Borris who celebrates her fourth birthday today ( Wednesday). “He is brilliant. I think Pat is the best,” said Megan. Her mother Aisling added that she was a big fan of Pat’s mentor Bressie. “They are both amazing,” she said.

“It is amazing all the support I have got, I am overwhelmed by it all. I can’t walk down the streets without someone stopping to congratulate me,” said Pat who shot to stardom after winning the competition and a €100,000 recording contract on Sunday night.

“It really was something special to come home to the sound of the Rathanna Marching band. I was in the band since I was eight and I have been teaching them drums since I was 16. It is a big part of my life and I will definitely be keeping it up,” he said.

The part time music teacher who also teaches guitar lessons in Borris Vocational School performed to his adoring fans for over an hour on a stage outside the Town Hall.However the miserable weather conditions did not dampen the carnival atmosphere as the crowd sang along to a number of hits including The River.

The celebrations continued late into the night but the talented young musician, who was mentored by pop heartthrob Bressie had his sights firmly set on his future. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t wait to get started writing my own original work and get into the recording studio to work on my album. I meeting with the guys from Universal Studios later in the week. It really is a dream come true,” he said.