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Gabriel Byrne and John B’s Stick

May 28, 2009 By: jeremy Category: participants, photographs

So there we were, interviewing Joseph O’Neill (bear with us on the audio snippets, we’re working to get them up asap) when who should walk past but actor Gabriel Byrne – who opened the festival last night.

Gabriel Byrne with John B Keane's walking stick

In his hand he had a walking stick. But not just any stick. This one belonged to no other than Listowel deity John B Keane and had just been handed to Gabriel by John’s son, Billy.

For a second there was quiet, as everyone comprehended the enormity of this gift. Then Gabriel reminisced about evenings past spent in John B’s pub supping pints with the great man.

Gabriel Byrne in conversation with Joseph O'Neill

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