OMAGH singer Dominic Kirwan has expressed regret that a number of fans were upset when an Irish tricolour was waved by several women in the audience at his recent show in the Silverbirch Hotel.
A letter published in last week’s edition of the UH highlighted the incident during the singing of the rugby anthem ‘Ireland’s Call.’
In the letter, the writer said they had been upset by the use of the Irish flag during the song.
The letter also claimed that Mr Kirwan’s management failed to deal with the matter.
However, speaking this week from a Dublin studio where he is recording a new album, the popular Omagh singer said he was “upset” about the incident.
He explained, “We were made aware that someone was upset by the use of the flag at the Omagh weekend. This was relayed to me on the Saturday after our set finished.
“I talked to the ladies who had the flags with them.
“They were from Scotland and England and as far as we were concerned that was the end of the matter.
“One of our team made sure the flags were not produced by the fans at the Sunday show. We also talked to the hotel about the incident.”
The entertainer added that the annual concerts provide a significant economic boost for the local economy, particularly as many fans travel from throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Mr Kirwan said these fans would be “unaware of sensitivities about flags.”
A spokesman for the singer explained, “At shows throughout the UK members of the audience produce flags when Dominic sings the Phil Coulter anthem that has been a mainstay of Irish rugby now for several years.”
Mr Kirwan added, “It’s a bit of a tradition that the fans do this, a bit like when we sing ‘Flower of Scotland’ at some of our Scottish shows and many of the fans wave their national flag the Saltire. I know the girls who had the flags in Omagh and they wouldn’t have wanted to offend anyone. They were in town to join us and enjoy the weekend of music as they have done over the past three years.”
The singer expressed his regret that any offence was caused.
“At the end of the day we are out to entertain and have fun, that’s the way it’s always been for us,” he concluded.