Paul Heaton, lead singer of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, is putting money behind the bar at 60 Places to celebrate players at 60 Places today as he celebrates his birthday.
After gaining global fame through his work with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, Heaton had hoped to tour around 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland to celebrate his 60th, but after being held up in the recording studio by Covid, he decided instead paying for a few drinks at a number of pubs – including nine in Ireland – so that the people of Wexford could party in his absence.
“My original plan was to do another bike ride and visit and perform in 60 pubs across Ireland and the UK,” the Liverpool-born, Sheffield-raised singer explained on social media. “However, due to delays in admission due to the pandemic, I have had to put those plans on hold for the time being and have instead decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to select 60 pubs across Ireland and the UK and pay a certain amount for them invest bars of each.
To celebrate my 60th birthday (on Monday 9th May) I originally planned to do another bike ride and visit and perform in 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland. Due to pandemic-related admission delays, however, I had to shelve these plans for the time being… pic.twitter.com/lB3cJjf06m
— Paul Heaton (@PaulHeatonSolo) May 7, 2022
“Then both regulars and yourself can enjoy a birthday drink to me (until the money runs out or the bar is empty!). The hope is to bring people together on this day while also recognizing the many people who have bought my records or shown me support over the years, could use a little party as we come out of Covid and face potential financial issues.”
Here is a list of all 60 pubs attending Paul’s birthday tomorrow (Monday). Thanks to all the pubs and to everyone who visits them. It would be great to see photos of you all enjoying your free drinks and partying at each pub throughout the day! pic.twitter.com/xPzE5W4xiN
— Paul Heaton (@PaulHeatonSolo) May 8, 2022
Heaton thanked all the pubs that took part and asked people to throw up a photo or two of themselves enjoying a drink on his birthday!
Taps will be open tonight between 6pm and 8pm at the following venues in Ireland:
- Robinson’s Bar, Great Victoria Street, Belfast
- Eddie Murphys, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
- Peader O’Donnell’s, Waterloo Street, Co Derry
- The Punters Rest, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
- Heaven on the Ground, Whitewell, Co. Wexford
- Courtney’s Bar, Killarney, County Kerry
- Kehoes, South Anne Street, Dublin
- Tig Coili, Latin Quarter, Galway
- Bonners Corner Bar, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/beautiful-south-singer-paul-heaton-is-buying-drinks-for-punters-in-60-pubs-for-his-birthday-here-are-the-9-lucky-irish-bars-41631103.html Beautiful Southern singer Paul Heaton is buying punters drinks in 60 pubs for his birthday – here are the 9 lucky Irish bars