An Evening with Mary Byrne & Des Willoughby at Brú Ború, Cashel 20th September

Two of Ireland’s finest voices join forces for an intimate concert at Brú Ború, Cashel on Saturday 20th September at 8pm
Mary Byrne’s story is the stuff of fairytales and movies. She’s the Tesco supermarket checkout lady who took a chance in life at the age of fifty by auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV talent show, the X Factor. Although she was pipped for a place in the 2010 X Factor final after going out in the semi-final, Mary won the hearts of millions with her big, warm personality and powerhouse voice. And when she finally got her life-changing break in the world of showbusiness, Mary Byrne, a bright and ambitious woman with a wealth of life’s experiences under her belt, was determined to make the most of it. Having reached the semi-finals of ITV’s ‘The X-Factor’, Mary was mentored by Louis Walsh, and her fellow finalists included One Direction and Matt Cardle. Since then, Mary has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her historic State visit to Ireland in 2011, and shared the stage with Neil Diamond to perform for over 55,000 fans at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. She has just scored a top ten hit with her new album ‘Magic of the Musicals
mary byrne des willoughby 20th sept
Des Willoughby is regarded as having one of the most natural tenor voices in the country and is making a big impression on the national and international music scene.
Having studied singing under the internationally renowned Dr Veronica Dunne at The Leinster School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music,he has toured extensively in Ireland, the UK and the United States as a soloist, as a member of The Three Irish Tenors, and most recently with his five brothers as The Willoughby Brothers.
Croke Park has provided the stage for some of the highlights of his career to date having sung the National Anthem at a number of All-Ireland finals before audiences of 82,000. Last year along with his brothers, he sang the title song of the Rose of Tralee Festival to the newly crowned winner to a live TV audience of 1.2million. He has performed on numerous TV and radio shows including RTE’S ‘Up For The Match’ ‘Open House’ the Derek Mooney Show and The John Murray show on Radio 1. Last Christmas he was one of the guests on hugely popular Ireland West Music TV’s Christmas Special.
In 2007 he released his debut album ‘To Where You Are’ which features a blend of Irish classics, musical favourites and contemporary hits. He has since recorded two more albums with The Willoughby Brothers titled ‘The Promise’ and ‘Irish Heart’
His relaxed performance style mixed with his vocal ability creates a performance that appeals to every audience.
Tickets are €20 available from Brú Ború Box Office Tel: 062 61122  and online at

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