Biography III

Coming home to Clare

In 1992 Pat moved to live in Kilfenora in County Clare, the home of traditional Irish Music, where he had many friends, and his singing and songwriting continued to win admirers.
Pat had become a keen follower of Gaelic sport during his time in Waterford and he arrived in Clare at the very moment the Clare footballers won the Munster final, for the first time in sixty years. In two hours Pat wrote a song in celebration and performed it on Clare the same day.
Pat soon became enchanted with Clare, its wonderful music, and its wild landscape and was a keen supporter of the Burren Action Committee in its campaign topreserve this unique environment.

We were there

In 1995 came one of the highlights of Pat's life, the Clare hurling team, for generations the underdogs of championship hurling, won the All Ireland hurling championship for the first time in 81 years and the whole county went wild with delight, Pat's songs of celebration We Were There and The Banner Dream will never be forgotten in Clare from that time.
Ennis Singers Club

In 1996 Pat won the Newport Song Contest with a new ballad The Streets of Ennis and at Christmas in the same year his song Christmas in Clare, released as a single, sold out in four weeks. At that time Pat also became one of the founder members of the Ennis Singers Club, which meets in Ennis and other venues twice a month, to provide a forum for the songs and singers of the region, and due to the great work of it's chairman Paedar McNamara and other members the club has become one of the most famous in Ireland.

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