Richie Kavanagh

Richie Kavanagh [born 1949 ] is an Irish entertainer who writes and performs his own songs. Famous for the song Aon Focal Eile, he now has a number of hits to his name. Richie was born and raised in Raheenwood, Fenagh, Bagenalstown, County Carlow in Ireland and he still lives there. Psoriasis crippled Richie’s hands at the age of 44 but instead of throwing in the towel, Richie harnessed his talents as a singer/songwriter and burst onto the national entertainment scene with the song Aon Focal Eile. Tony Keogh in Southeast Radio was the first man to play the CD and when Gerry Ryan began spinning it on his morning show, the song became a runaway hit.

Musical Success

Aon Focal Eile featured in the top ten in the Irish charts for over six months and 8 weeks as number one and won Richie an IRMA award for Best Single of the Year in Ireland for 1996. He has also had hits with The Mobile Phone, Mickey's Buckin' Ass and Pussy Pussy Cat. Richie has also written and recorded many songs Celebrating the humor heritage and nostalgia of Co Carlow. The Carlow Fence,Captain Myles Keogh, Danoli, The Disney Gravestone,The Gordan Bennett Race, Face Her For Mount Leinster, and John Tyndall.


Richie's songs have often being a topic of contraversy due to his lyrics. Indeed the songs Aon Focal Eile was banned from a number of BBC radio stations (before the watershed, if not completely). The lyrics of Richie's songs often contain obvious inuendo by referring to characters, objects etc. . Examples include the use of the Irish word focal (hinting at the English word fuck).


Richie will undertake a six date tour of the Ulster region of Ireland. His first in a long number of years.


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