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Saturday 3 December 2016

Legend Tony Fenton to be honoured at music festival

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March 11: Veteran radio presenter Tony Fenton dies following a five-year cancer battle at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. The much-loved presenter had fronted his award-winning show with Today FM since 2004, having previously worked at RTE for 18 years.
March 11: Veteran radio presenter Tony Fenton dies following a five-year cancer battle at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. The much-loved presenter had fronted his award-winning show with Today FM since 2004, having previously worked at RTE for 18 years.

DISC jockey Tony Fenton, who lost his battle with cancer in March, will be honoured at a music festival this summer.

One of the main stages at the Killarney Festival of Music and Food will be named the Tony Fenton Stage in memory of the supporter of the festival.

The Today FM presenter's last public appearance was at the launch of the festival in Dublin's L'Ecrivain Restaurant in January, just two months before his death at the age of 53.

The newly-named stage will feature acts and music that he loved, including The Undertones, Something Happens, Walking On Cars and Mundy.

Festival spokesperson, Nicola Watkins said it was their way of remembering a supporter and close friend.

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"We really miss Tony and we were so honoured that he was with us on January 20 to host the launch of the festival as it was his last public appearance," she said.

"Tony was a massive supporter of the Westport Festival of Music and Food and he was very excited about its move to Killarney this year.

"He told all his friends he would be there but now he will be with us in spirit," added Ms Watkins.

The Undertones frontman Paul McLoone (pictured) said it was fitting the stage should be named in his honour as a mark of the great esteem in which he was held and as a reminder of what a great supporter he was of music.

"I'll be proud and honoured to lead The Undertones onto the Tony Fenton Stage at this year's Killarney Festival, knowing that somehow, somewhere, the great man will be giving it the nod of respect," he added.

The festival takes place at Killarney House Demesne on June 27 and 28 and will be headlined by 80s pop icons Duran Duran and will also feature some of Ireland's best-known chefs.

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