Legendary Cork entertainer Billa O’Connell passes away

A book of condolences will be opened at City Hall following the death of singer and entertainer Billa O’Connell.

His family confirmed that he passed away this morning at the age of 91.

Billa was born on Christmas day in 1929, and made his debut in the Cork pantomime in 1947. His first performance at Cork Opera House was in 1955.

He later became involved in Summer Revels at Cork Opera House and performed there annually for several decades.

Eight years ago he was awarded the Freedom of Cork City for his lasting and indelible mark on Cork theatre.


  1. John Arnold   On   23rd September 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Aw Billa, a legend in Cork and the country.I used to love meeting him at matches and concerts. He was a sublime artist -his comic timing was just superb and the way he wove the Cork accent into his shows as was brilliant ‘Cmere I wantcha’ . Some stage artists could sing, more act and others do stand-up comedy whereas Billa could do them all and at the same time! Rest aisy now Billa- you kept Cork laughing for over 70 years, God Bless you and keep you now my friend.

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