Mary Black pays tribute to late tour manager Damian McCollum


Mary Black has paid a moving tribute to her late tour manager Damian McCollum following his death.

Irish folk legend Mary announced the news of Mr McCollum’s death in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Calling Mr McCollum “the best person”, Mary recalled memories of the years they spent together in the entertainment world.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I announce the passing of my dear friend and Tour Manager Damian McCollum. For nearly 34 years, Damian stood loyally by my side, protecting me…he always supported.

“He was simply the best person to have in your corner through the ups and downs of the entertainment world. Over the years he must have made me millions of cups of tea or honey and lemon drinks, wiped away my tears when I was upset, made me laugh like no one else and made the life of the whole band and team so much easier on the road.

“I am happy to know that he died peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife Frances. I am also grateful and blessed to have spent most of my touring life in his company. Bon voyage now dear Damian and rest in peace,’ she wrote.

Mary Black has paid a moving tribute to her late tour manager Damian McCollum following his death. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/

The comments section of the Facebook post was full of people sending their messages of condolence to the family of Mary and Mr McCollum, including a message from accordionist Sharon Shannon.

‘Rest in peace beautiful Damo. Sincere condolences to Frances and all of Damo’s family and to you Mary and Joe and the whole group.

“What sad news. He will be sorely missed by all of us,’ Sharon wrote.

Sharon was among those who paid tribute to the late tour manager. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Singer Mary Coughlan wrote: ‘Rest in peace Damian. Always the best craic when Damo was tour manager and everything was perfect. Ride Damo.’

While one person left a comment that read: ‘So sorry Mary. Damien was a lovely man. I drank several pints and craic with him while touring with SS. I am truly shocked and saddened to hear this news today.

“I will remember him fondly and with great effect, God bless Damo.”


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