The Irish sure know how to celebrate a life.
Mourners in the Irish coastal town of Killorglin, County Kerry gathered at their favorite pub, Falvey’s Bar, to honor their friend and local farmer Ger “Farmer” Foley. Farmer Foley passed away at 45 after suffering from cystic fibrosis.
The video shot by Tim Clifford begins with Foley’s longtime friend Brian O’Sullivan standing on the countertop of Falvey’s speaking to the wake. “Ger is salt of the earth,” says O’Sullivan. “He will never be replaced, but we will remember him in our lives.”
“I’ve been doing this song for a few years,” continues O’Sullivan, “but I haven’t done it for a couple of years up on this counter; it’s the most appropriate song that you could ever get for this man: it’s Mr Brightside.”
The pub then starts to play The Killers’ 2004 hit “Mr. Brightside” as O’Sullivan increasingly riles up the crowd. Before long, O’Sullivan is shirtless and crowd surfing while the whole bar jumps up and down, belting out the song at the top of their longs.
It’s a beautiful tribute to a lost friend and a touching reminder of the power of music. Killorglin is a town of barely 2,000 people, and Foley clearly meant a lot to the community. The video has racked up over 660,000 views since being uploaded to Vimeo last Thursday.