Val Doonican was a singer, musician and entertainer who was a native of Waterford City, Ireland. He became one of the most popular and best-selling entertainers during a career which lasted over 60 years. Donnican’s easy-going, relaxed style and baritone voice appealed to a wide audience. He was awarded the BBC TV Personality of the Year Award on three occasions.
Michael Valentine Doonican was born in Waterford city in 1927. Born into a musical family he began performing from a young age. Following performances in Waterford and around Ireland Doonican moved to England in 1951 to join the Irish group The Four Ramblers.
Doonican began his solo career in 1962. He had several hits during the 1960’and 1970’s including ‘Walk Tall’ and ‘The Special Years’. Doonican also had his own show on BBC television. The show which ran from 1965 to 1986 attarcted almost 20 million viewers at its peak. The show was also shown on networks in America and Australia.
Though Val Doonican retired in 1990 he continued to perform for almost two more decades. He was conferred with the Freedom of Waterford City in 2011. He died at his home in Buckinghamshire, England the age of 88 on July 1st 2015.
Val Doonican was born in the year 1927 On This Day.
Bar- steward sons of Val Doonican