Los Angeles People, Sunday July 21, 1968
There was a kiss and a hug for 19 year old Deirdre O'Reilly from Ireland's Wolfe Tones ballad group after they picked her as "Miss Los Angeles". Blonde deirdre will fly to Ireland in September to take part in the famous Rose of Tralee finals - the first time a girl has competed from Los Angeles.
Being Beauty contest judges was just part of a hectic and fantastic month-long tour of the U.S. that the Wolfe Tones have just completed.
They are now back in Dublin....with a huge success behind them. They ended the tour with a memorable "Irish Night" at the Blarney Castle, a swanky Los Angeles Night Club. Then the Group were each presented with the keys to the city. They became the first musicians since the Beatles to receive the honour.
More than 1,000 people, including hundreds of Irish "exiles", watched the Mayor's secretary, Irish American Ernie Conroy, formally hand over the keys at a big celebration dance. Mr.Conroy told the Wolfe Tones: "As ambassadors you have done a first-class job, Ireland can be proud of you".
When the Wolfe Tones flew out of Los Angeles, Deirdre - whose father runs a Los Angeles bar - joined scores of fans who turned up at the airport to wave them off. The Wolfe Tones were so busy that they had to cancel their scheduled visit to Hawaii. But they promised friends in Honolulu that they would play there on the next American tour.
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