Patsy is an Irish Balladeer. He was born in Dublin and is notable for being a member of Dublin City Ramblers and later The Dubliners. Patsy first came to prominence as the lead singer of The Quare Fellas, a Dublin-based ballad group in 1969. They evolved into the Dublin City Ramblers in the early 1970s and with Patsy as their lead singer they had hits with songs such as “The Rare auld Times” and “The Ferryman”, both of which were written by Pete St. John. Patsy also wrote and sang the Republic of Ireland’s Soccer Teams anthem for their 1988 European Championship campaign in Germany and again for the 1990 World Cup in Italy “We are the Boys in Green” with The Dublin City Ramblers. The lyrics changed slightly in both releases in 1988 and 1990.
In 1995, Patsy left the Dublin City Ramblers and made a number of solo albums. He joined The Dubliners in 2005, taking over from Paddy Reilly who retired through illness. Patsy plays the 5 String Banjo, Bodhrán & Bones and he cites Luke Kelly, former lead singer with The Dubliners as his favourite singer. He is an enthusiastic golfer and a keen supporter of the Dublin Gaelic Football Team.
Patsy left the group in April 2014.