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Music legend Brendan Bowyer with his youngest girl Clodagh before his passing

Music legend Brendan Bowyer with his youngest girl Clodagh before his passing

Music legend Brendan Bowyer with his youngest girl Clodagh before his passing

The youngest daughter of the late showband legend Brendan Bowyer has revealed that the thing she will miss most this Christmas is the chance to beat him at a game of tennis.

Clodagh Bowyer told SundayWorld.com: "A family tradition on Christmas Day was playing tennis with dad. We loved getting dad on the tennis court with our family.

"I think the reason we liked having him on the court was that we knew this was something we could beat him at.

"Christmas is really the whole season, not just the day, so we are already noticing the absence of my father in big and little ways.

"Himself and my sister always sang Fairytale of New York around the fireplace, so I suppose we will be watching that on video and my sister will have to sing it solo this year...or maybe she will bring in my kids, Nora Stella and Liam.

"Nora Stella has a beautiful singing voice...she may take after my dad she also loves acting and dancing. Liam is a basketball player and very funny. Both of them are quite comfortable being the centre of attention like their 'gramps'."

The family's first Christmas without the 'Hucklebuck' star will be even more difficult as the Covid-19 virus will force them to enjoy the festivities apart.

Brendan passed away last May.

"If Covid was not present this year, then I'm sure we would all be together in Las Vegas like usual.

"This year though, we are following the regulations - which strongly advise against travel.

"My brother, Brendan jr, is the director of tennis at a country club in Salt Lake City, Utah, while my sister Aisling and my own family and I all live in LA. It's not far from Vegas, so we will be there as soon as Covid regulations permit.

"That said, since my dad's passing we have all visited my mum, Stella, quite a bit.

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"My mum is resilient and very strong. She has a huge life in Las Vegas with so many friends and communities to which she contributes.

"She has a peaceful and happy disposition in the worst of circumstances so she insists that she will be fine and she's happy that we will all be on Zoom with her for Christmas dinner.

"Christmas was always a happy time for us but also a time when dad was at work as others were on a break.

"Every Christmas eve and Christmas Day when we we're all exhausted from the celebrations, my dad quietly drove off into the Strip to perform without any complaint.

"One thing though no matter how late he was home from a gig he was always up with us on Christmas morning to see what Santa had brought.

"It was a very rigorous schedule he had but it was what he was good at and he loved it.

"We often went to Midnight Mass on the Strip at the Guardian Angel Cathedral, especially if Aisling was singing in the choir or the noon mass on Christmas day.

"Looking back attending Mass was very important to my dad. He would seldom miss Sunday mass. Many of the Catholic priests were fans, and friends, of his and could be spotted enjoying his show on the Las Vegas strip.

"Buying a Christmas present for dad was easy enough, he would mostly appreciate a lovely card and note from one of us for a gift...he was very easy going.

"In reverse, the best gift from my dad was always to receive one of his beautifully handwritten letters. His heart and love and kindness were always so tenderly expressed in his own hand.

"He had a gift with words and his handwriting was almost like calligraphy it was just beautiful.

Showbiz is in the Bowyer blood. Clodagh, who featured in a recent RTE show celebrating her famous father's life, has been an actress from a young age and now has a major role in a prestigious film company.

"I enjoyed doing that show and I found it very easy to talk about my dad. He was truly amazing.

"And yes, watching my father performing from when I was a very young age meant the stage never felt foreign.

"I have been acting all my life, I lived in New York for many years doing some TV, and New York theatre.

'My favourite time was working with Paul Sorvino, the star of the hit movie Goodfellas, who played opposite me in LEAR and he also directed the show.

"Paul also resides here in LA and he now often comes to my annual Paddy's day party in LA.

"I moved to LA to be Deputy Director of an organization called Irish Screen America with Emmy Winner and Wicklow man, Niall McKay as the Executive Director," she says.

The wheel of the entertainment industry has come full circle for Clodagh as she reveals she regularly meets up with someone with strong links to her dad's past.

"When dad and the Big8 first came to Vegas the female singer was the national treasure that is Twink.

"Her daughter Chloe, resides here in LA for part of the year so she comes to the Irish Screen America Film Festival for which I have been deputy director.

"It's going to be a Christmas tinged with sadness but we'll enjoy it because that is what Brendan would have wanted."

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