Sligo Showband singer’s death:
From the Sligo Weekender dated October 28,
A former Tubbercurry man, Frankie Brennan,
also known as ‘Vicey’ of Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, died in Dublin
after a long illness last week. He was the son of the late Johnny
Brennan, postman and painter, also of Connolly Park and brother of
Gaby and Michael, both deceased.
He was a guitar player and singer with the
for some years and later joined the Montrose Showband that featured
in the Showband Show on RTE.
He is survived by his wife and family in
Dublin. Funeral services and cremation took place in Dublin.
Sympathy is extended to his loved ones. May he rest in peace.
of Eddie: Band leader, Johnny Carroll, who played for the Hospice
Concert in St. Brigid’s Hall last week came to notice the cast of a
Phoenix Player’s play staged in the 1950s in that hall and the name
of the late Eddie Masterson written on the wall backstage. Eddie,
who was a solicitor in Dublin, was an icon to all showband musicians
when Barry’s Hotel was the top spot in the capital city of the
1960s. Johnny then played with the Premier Aces Showband from County
Roscommon. He recalled some memories of Eddie in those days and was
chuffed to see his name in a line up of a play way back in the
Before Eddie left to take up his profession in
Dublin he was a ‘man about town in Tubber’ and was he a character
then. Later joining Johnny Carroll for tea and sandwiches in the
famous supper room in the hall, the painting of Joe Masterson also
on display there was the subject of a long conversation and many
great stories of both the Masterson brothers.
There is no doubt anyone who ever knew Eddie
or Joe Masterson could say they met two great characters who still
command attention long after their deaths and for happy memories.