I Am A Late Bloomer, I Believe 60 Is The New 16: AI Logan

A name that came late but will stay forever

Al Logan, a popular Irish singer, was remembered as an “inspiring role model.”

A FAMOUS Irish singer who attained tremendous success in Northern Ireland and the United States has been remembered as an “inspiring role model.”

Willow-wearers gathered in West Belfast yesterday for the funeral of Al Logan, who died at his home in the Finaghy area last Thursday, October 13, 2022, after quite a period of illness.

The 87-year-old, who was married to Patricia and had four children namely Martin, Liam, Alan and Edel and nine grandchildren namely Katie, Conor, Conal, Jordan, Sean, Keelan, Kaz, Mary and James., found fame in the sixties as a singer and entertainer who played at venues all around Belfast and beyond.

He originally was from the St James’ area of the Falls Road; he was dubbed the `Bing Crosby of Northern Ireland’.

Following regular appearances on UTV’s Tea Time with Tommy, Al gained legions of fans at home before moving his family to the United States in 1971.

The singer pursued his dream of becoming a star by performing in Irish resorts in the Catskills and in New York City.

He released a number of records and appeared frequently on the Joe Franklin Show over the years.

Green Glens of Antrim, Our Lady of Knock, Gentle Annie, Pretty Little Girl from Omagh, and My Last Farewell are among his most well-known albums.

Al and his family moved back to Northern Ireland in 1977, however he would return regularly to the US during the course of his career and also found fame in TV ads.

In later years, he became chairman of the NI Equity Committee before he was made a honorary life member.

He left the entertainment industry in the 1990s.

Yesterday, a Requiem Mass was held at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Deacon Pat McNeill called the beloved grandfather a “amazing singer.”

“It was clear from an early age that Al had a great talent for singing,” he said.

“His repertoire was diverse and appealing to the many Irish immigrants who lived there.”

Al continued to straddle the two shores throughout the 1980s and 1990s.”

Mr Logan also had a “passion for the theatre” and a “passion for cars,” according to Deacon McNeill, and he had a “unwavering faith” throughout his life.

“Al’s” varied career was overshadowed by his devotion to Patricia.

“The sun has set on Al’s life for the last time.”

Al’s remains will be reposing at O’Kanes Funeral Home 116-118 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GX until Wednesday 19th October when his remains will leave at 11.00am to arrive at St Peter’s Cathedral for 11.30am Requiem Mass .
Burial afterwards in St MacNissi’s Churchyard, Randalstown