September 28, 2023

Brendan Bowyer RIP: Heartbreak as one of Ireland’s greatest entertainers passes

Irish showband legend Brendan Bowyer has died.

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest entertainers over six decades, the Waterford native passed yesterday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 81 surrounded by his loving family.

Brendan was best known for fronting the Royal Showband and The Big Eight, and who had five number one hits in Ireland including the song he is most synonymous for – The Hucklebuck.

His family confirmed the sad news on social media this morning.

They said Brendan had been hoping to get back to his homeland “one last time”.

The message said: “It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Brendan Bowyer.
Ireland’s most beloved International entertainer for 62 years.

“Brendan passed away peacefully in Las Vegas on the late evening of May 28, 2020. He was surrounded by the unending love of his wife of 53 years, Stella, his three children, Brendan Jr., Aisling, Clodagh, and his two grandchildren, Liam & Nora Stella.

“Brendan was hoping to get back to his homeland, Ireland, one last time. He was 81 years old.”

More details to follow.

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