Song and a pint to celebrate St Patrick

TO be sure, to be sure the Guinness was flowing and there was a smattering of green-attired people listening to Irish singer Peter Byrne yesterday.

The national day of Ireland, St Patrick's Day, was celebrated at Country Club Tasmania with Legends of Ireland with Byrne and his band flown in from Sydney especially for the event.

Having lived in Australia for 26 years and performing with members of his band between eight and 17 years, Byrne said the day was growing in popularity in his adopted country.

``It's the one time of the year that we can celebrate being Irish and it's an excuse to drink,'' he said.

``We'll actually, we don't really need the excuse.''

Byrne said the two-hour set was a mix of folk favourites and rock music spanning the 1960s to today.

He said there were many well-known performers that people may not recognise as being from Ireland, yet were proud Irish musicians such as The Corrs and U2.

Byrne said one of the favourite songs on the day was Oh Danny Boy.    

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