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11 Mar

Carrickfergus ~ Paddy Reilly

Sung By: Paddy Reilly

Patrick ‘Paddy’ Reilly (b. October 18, 1939 in Dublin) is an Irish folk singer and guitarist. He is one of Ireland’s most famous balladeers and is best known for his renditions of The Fields of Athenry and The Town I Loved So Well. Paddy has been known to mix up his songs with mythical/legendary characters such as John G. McGurk, Barnie McGee, Uncle J.J. McKay, Slugger O’toole, Patrick “Fisticuffs” Norton, Paul P. “Stomach Shelf” Norkas and Hogan from County Tyrone.

For years a solo performer, he joined The Dubliners in 1996 as a replacement for long time member Ronnie Drew. He left the group after 9 years to move to New York in 2005 and was replaced by Patsy Watchorn.

He currently owns a number of bars in New York, including Paddy Reilly’s on 29th Street and 2nd Avenue. (Paddy sold “Paddy Reilly’s” to his former partner, Steve Dugan.)

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