Courtesy of The Independent.co.uk:
A video showing Brian O’Sullivan belting out an incredible, passionate rendition of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” in tribute to his late friend has gone viral; and now the band themselves have responded.
Mr. O’Sullivan initiated the sing-a-long at the wake of Ger ‘Farmer’ Foley, which was held at Falveys Pub in Killorglin, County Kerry; following the funeral of Mr. Foley earlier that day.
“He was the salt of the earth, he will never be replaced and we will remember him forever in our lives,” Mr. O’Sullivan preceded the sing-a-long with. “I think that the most appropriate song that you can get for this man is “Mr. Brightside”.”
…Peter Teahan, who was present at the wake and filmed the tribute, stated that the 45-year-old Mr. Foley, who had cystic fibrosis, was an incredibly popular member of the community. “It certainly wasn’t a normal Thursday night in Falveys,” he told BBC News, “A lot of people had been getting up to sing, one person had a guitar and did Raglan Road.”
“Brian was a good friend of Ger’s, and that was one of Ger’s favourite songs, so he got everyone going,” he continued. “Most people in the area knew Ger, he was very popular. It was a very good send-off for him.”