Musicians bid farewell to showband legend Doc


Ireland's Eurovision contestants Donna and Joe McCaul sang Amazing Grace at the funeral of showband legend Doc Carroll in Athlone, Co Westmeath, yesterday.

The singer, who had a hit with Old Man Trouble with the Royal Blues in 1966, was remembered by friends and fans in the music industry at Mass in St Mary's Church.

Doc, who was born Martin O'Carroll, discovered teenager Donna McCaul two years ago.

Mourners were told by Fr PJ Hughes that Doc played with some of the biggest names in music during his 40-year career, including Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Dusty Springfield, and Chubby Checker. He played in Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1976.

"He had a great love of music, life, his family and God.

"He would love to be here with his many friends," said Fr Hughes.

The attendance of personalities from the music scene included Tony Allen of Foster & Allen, Brendan Shine, Joe Dolan, Brendan O'Brien, Neilus O'Connell; Fr Brian D'Arcy, Ricey Scully; Donie Cassidy TD; and broadcasters Brian Carthy and Michael Commins.

"Doc was a showband legend, and a friend to many people in the music industry," said Tony Allen.