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Monday, December 27, 2010


The Blarney Brothers, Durban’s widely acclaimed Irish group, are back this festive season at The Riverside Hotel’s Conference Centre, formerly known as ‘The Barn’, at the old Athlone Hotel in Durban North where they performed for many years.

The legendary three-man group has been at the heart of South Africa’s music going on 40 years, livening up parties and gala events with their own special brand of music, including Irish ballads, catchy pub songs, popular ‘newies’ and even the occasional Irish jig.

Comprising three of South Africa’s best loved musicians, Paul and Damien McIlroy and Tony Fisher, The Blarney Brothers established themselves playing "The Barn" at Durban’s former Athlone Hotel every Wednesday and Friday for 13 years. Since finishing there in 1991, they have toured widely, performing internationally with great success in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Australia and the UK.

“We’re happy to be back on our old stomping ground this season, at ‘The Barn’ as our ‘home from home’ for so many years was known, and we look forward to renewing ties with old friends as well as meeting new ones,” says Blarney Brothers band leader, Paul McIlroy.

Following the popular success of their appearances there for the past two years, the group will perform in this venue until December 30. Tickets R80 available at Riverside Hotel reception on 031 563 0600 or at the door

New recruits to The Blarney Brothers’ unique brand of music-making can log onto for full details about their rich performance history, as well as the titles of their CDs, and other information.