January 27, 2021

‘A true Waterford man’ – Book of Condolences for late, great Brendan Bowyer opens online

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford has expressed his “sincere condolences” to the family of the late, great entertainer Brendan Bowyer, who passed away in Las Vegas yesterday evening surrounded by his family.

The showband legend, who was awarded the Freedom of Waterford City in 2011, is survived by his wife Stella, children Brendan Jr, Aisling and Clodagh and his two grandchildren Liam and Nora Stella.

The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Joe Pratt, led local tributes to the showman, arguably one of Ireland’s greatest entertainers over the past six decades.

Cllr Pratt said: “Brendan Bowyer was a true Waterford man and is remembered fondly by Waterford people for his iconic career throughout the showband era. His 1965 Number One hit ‘The Hucklebuck’ is a favourite of many Waterford people. He memorably brought Waterford to life with a memorable rendition in Lombard Street during the 2005 Tall Ships event. He will be sadly missed and remembered by Waterford people.”

Brendan Bowyer was honoured to have the Freedom of Waterford City bestowed on him by the then Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr Mary Roche, who said: “It was an honour to be part of such a memorable occasion and who more fitting to receive the award than Brendan Bowyer of the Royal Showband which put Waterford on the international map.”

A Book of Condolences is open online at https://bit.ly/BrendanBowyerRIP and we encourage the people of Waterford to add their own personal message. The Book of Condolences will remain open until Monday 8th June 2020.

PHOTO: Noel Browne  

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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