Minister Madigan pays tribute to Big Tom McBride

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has today paid tribute to Irish country singer, Big Tom McBride, following the announcement of his death.

Speaking today Minister Madigan said: 

“I am very saddened to hear of the death of Big Tom McBride this morning.

“Big Tom made a huge contribution to Irish country music during his career spanning five decades. He and his band The Mainliners were a fixture of dancehalls and ballrooms in the 60s and 70s, earning him the title of ‘The King’ of Irish country music.

His songs not only connected with people in Ireland but also with Irish people abroad, bringing joy to the many Irish diaspora across the globe.

Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.”


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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