MARY Darcy celebrated 40 years on the country scene in recent weeks and around 900 people flocked to the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow, Co Carlow, to share in the festivities.
Mary, one half of Two’s Company (Eamonn McRory from Tyrone being her musical partner), were a popular duo on the circuit for 26 years. For more than a decade, Mary has been a solo artist and has featured prominently on many of the overseas country-music promotions, including the Gertie Byrne cruises off the east coast of the USA and down to the Caribbean.
Joining Mary for her big night were many well-known names from the Irish country scene, including Tony Allen, Charlie Arkins, Tom Healy and his band, Seán Wilson, PJ Murrihy, Michael Sexton and Pat Walsh from Clare, Mick Flavin (who sang ‘Jackson’ as a duet with Mary), Seán Loughrey, the Benn sisters, Michael English and Declan Nerney.
Pam and John Corbett from Shrule were among the capacity attendance at the show in Carlow. “It was a marvellous night, really terrific and people came from all over to show their appreciation to Mary. We understand there is a plan to do a once off reunion tour with Eamonn McRory sometime later in the year. That would certainly generate a lot of interest across the county,” says Pam.