• LOCATION 6 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    Josef Locke

    Josef Locke on Derry / Londonderry audio tour Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    In front of the hotel is the sculpture of Josef Locke, but as it is difficult to see, I've a put a photo on your screen now.

    Continue walking, while I tell you about him.

    Born as Joseph McLaughlin in the city in 1917, Josef Locke was a famous Irish tenor throughout Britain and Ireland in the mid 20th century.
    He had been a policeman, so initially performed as the "Singing Bobby", and he played many summer seasons in Blackpool and five Royal Variety Performances."Hear my song,Violetta" was his most famous recording but he also sang a mixture of Irish ballads including "Galway Bay","Take me Home Kathleen" and the "Isle of Innisfree", the theme from the John Wayne Irish set film, the Quiet Man. He died in County Kildare in 1999 at the age of 82.

    The sculpture was unveiled in March 2005 by Phil Coulter and John Hume, and is made of bronze and is in the form of a spiraling scroll divided by lines of music. It also includes Locke in his police uniform singing and the first musical notes of "Hear my Song".

    Keep going straight.

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Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City