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From The Press

The Irish Mirror Quick One with Billy Treacy as he releases new album Head Above Water

Joe.ie All together now: “Round here, your money won’t go faaaaar… in Temple Bar!”

The Journal.ie  Temple Bar gets an almighty slagging in this brilliant new Irish folk song

The Irish Mirror  Fed-up dad has a message for the Government: Tell me that I’m wanted

The Irish Central Irish musician asks government to “Tell me that I’m wanted”

Irish Music Daily Singer warns of Dublin tourist trap

Near FM: Interview

RTE: Roots Highway

Roddie Cleere: KCLR Radio


Hello everybody and welcome to my new website. Feel free to browse
around and navigate to your hearts content. I’d love to hear your
feedback. I will try and keep this site as up to date as I can with
news and gig listings and I hope you enjoy your stay.


Billy Treacy grew up over a pub in Dublin’s City Centre with his
bedroom situated directly over the stage of the Singing Lounge.
Falling asleep to all sorts of singers both good, bad and indifferent
singing the standards of the day long before Karaoke was ever heard of
is probably where he got his influences from. Influences that stretch
from Elvis, Eddie Cochrane, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke and The Beatles to
Shane McGowan and The Pogues and everyone in between.

Like so many young people at the time Billy emigrated to America at
the end of eighties to find work and it is here he first picked up the
guitar and taught himself whilst being holed up in a basement
apartment in Chicago. During his time Stateside he became part of the
emerging Irish music scene in Chicago alongside The Muck Bros, Martin
Hayes and Dennis Cahill and regularly opened up for touring Irish acts
such as Sharon Shannon and Stocktons Wing.

Billy moved back to Dublin in the late 90′s and recorded ‘Days Past’
which at the time featured heavily on Tom Dunne’s ‘Best of Irish’
program on 98fm. Other songs on the cd included ‘Celine’ which was
performed live on FM104′s Strawberry Alarm Clock, as well as featuring
in the motion picture ‘Characters’ which won Best Drama in the New
York Film Festival. During this period he opened up for Aslan on
numerous occasions and also for The Fun Lovin’ Criminals at the
Olympia Theatre.

Performing ‘The Gift of Love’ on RTE Television was a highlight as
well as being a finalist in the Nivita Song Contest with ‘The Best is
Yet to Come’ however the best was truly yet to come as he opened up
for his boyhood idol Shane McGowan in Eamon Dorans as did Damien

After that concert Billy took time out to concentrate on other
business interests and also got married and started a family with only
a few fleeting appearances on stage. Now in the midst of a new and
even deeper recession than the 1980′s he has gone back to basics and
has dusted down the ‘ole axe’ and is currently gigging around Dublin
as well as hitting the studio to record a new album, so watch this

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Irish Power Hour October 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Hey Billy! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek of your album. Here is the link for the radio show that we debuted your song on. Thanks again http://iph.podbean.com/

Billy February 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for your lovely comments it warms my heart to think that yourself and your Ma enjoyed it so much.
If you send me your address to billywhizztransit@gmail.com I can post you a copy of my soon to be released Album “Head Above Water”
All the Best

Billy February 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I’m just seeing your comment now so sorry for the delay in responding. I am launching my Album in Whelans on Wed April 15th I don’t think it will be on iTunes until April 17th however if you email me your address to billywhizztransit@gmail.com I shall post you out one and we can do the paypal thing.
Happy New Year to you.

Jim Homan December 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Just came back State side after 3 months in Ireland. Watched you several times at Ha Penny, Wondering any more info when your new tunes are going to hit Itunes?

Christina Carroll October 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Hello Billy, I am fortunate to have seen, on Facebook, a video of you and your band singing toe tapping ‘Temple Bar’! What a wonderful delight . . . so full of Irish charm, brings tears to my eyes and memories of my stay with Mum in her home Town, Dublin. So proud of my Irish heritage. Now having discovered you, I will certainly be buying some of your wonderful music albums and watching this space. Please don’t stop doing what you and your band do so well.
Christina from Birmingham, England xx

eugene D October 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi billy You do a great gig in the HA PENNY PUB on sunday nights the locals love it. regards Eugene D

John O'Sullivan June 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I remember back here in Chicago when you played at Gingers Ale House (Now Renamed Hudsons Public House ) in 1994 before the World Cup and we had the 1st and only Annual Lilypalooza.That was a great night and I’m sure you remember the road trip to Orlando with you and and your green headband and irish jersey getting on the swingy ride. Do you still have your Lilypalooza t shirt?I hope to meet you around in the Temple Bar area come spring.

SeanTheDub (Sydney) March 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

Sitting in an apartment in Sydney on Patricks Day with a can of Guinness in one hand and Billy Treacy’s You Tube collection going.

Happy Days. Enjoy the gig in the ha’penny and keep updating the site. Its a long way from Capel Street… :)


Gary Hughes February 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hey billy great website and great memories from chapel street to rosmini and onto Chicago great times didn’t see you for years except for every U2 gig great to see your doin well will catch up some night

Geraldine Byrne February 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

I remember the parties upstairs in Treacys too. Great times. Also you forgot to mention your film work on Nightmare!

Sean McD ( Chicago ) February 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Your name came up in conversation last friday after work in the Six Penny.I told them the last I heard u were saving family members in Mexico thanks to an email from Whela ( always knew u would make the front page didn’t know 4 what though!).Anyway I googled your name and found this website very nice job.Great to see your doing well and say hello to Michelle for me.I seen Eamon’s comment and it brought back a lot of good memories.l hope we can catch up and when I’m back in Dublin again we can meet for a pint


An Old Classmate June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm


I first heard ‘Days Past’ whilst driving home one evening but didn’t realise it was you. When Tom Dunne mentioned ‘Billy Treacy’, I immediately recalled Miss Duggan asking us what we wanted to do when we left Rosmini. Your answer was, and I quote: ‘I wanna be famous’. Looks like you’re well on your way, son. Keep it up – it’s great stuff.

Billy May 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Howaya Dermot
I have no problem giving credit where it’s due and it certainly was a fine producing job you did there fellow. A joy to work with I couldn’t recommend you more highly.
Talk soon mate

Dermot Goggins May 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

Story Mate? Would appreciate the credit for ‘the best has yet to come’! After all… It was a freebee! Anyhoo… If you are recording give me a shout and I’ll give you a dig out. Ding dong

Billy May 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

No Mary I am no relation however fighting Bill Treacy of the Irish Rover could be my Great Grandad. Another distant relative would be the more well known actor Spencer Tracy.


Billy Treacy

Mary Sexton May 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hi Billy,

Are you any relation to the actor Billy Treacy [http://www.christopherthomson.org.uk/tuc/cast_and_crew/billy_treacy.htm] or indeed Fighting Bill Treacy from Dover?


Mary Sexton

Carmen Caffrey May 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Really good website. Have just watched “Days Past” with my lovely girl, and sorry Billy, she didn’t like the beard!! Fair play, enjoyed reading everything. Hope to see you really soon. Have just watched the harmonica being played by the Treacy clan – brilliant! Love to you all. Carmen

Eamon Robinson May 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Alright Billy. Great site. I’m glad that that things are going well. Brings back some great memories for me. From our apartment near the abbey with a CD player that had Elvis Costello stuck in it, to the cooker that we never used one. Or what about the night we couldn’t get into a club as your license was expired so we walked along the train line and climbed over the back fence. Busking down town Chicago during the St Patricks day parade was an interesting one to the ‘hard work’ on that site labouring together. How about when the police broke up our party at the early hours of the morning. I don’t think Chicago Celtic will ever be the same again without us gracing the field for them. All great memories Billy. We need to catch up and make some more. Its my 40th this year in December so how about getting a run over here or going to a Liverpool match. That is if you still support them but hopefully you’ve seen sense.
Take care mate and keep it up.
ps. Give my love to Michelle and the wains.

Peter Sullivan May 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Same old songs, same old stories

Niamh Barrett April 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I remember that pub, and some of the funniest parties ever age 13…..would that ever be allowed now? doubt it……..less crazy days for sure!, to say I have great memories is an understatement, and Neil, my fella of 18 years thinks you rock……..so , good luck honey..hope to see you play again really soon.. xxxxx Niamh.

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