Ten years ago this week, Derek Ryan was doing a solo gig in an Irish pub in London. Things have changed dramatically for the young Carlow man since then. A decade later, Derek is among the headline acts at the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations in London, culminating with a major slot on the Trafalgar Square party concert on Sunday 19 March.

“It crossed my mind when I was contacted by the festival organisers some months ago to do a 45-minute session with my own band at the Trafalgar Square party that I could never have envisaged such a scenario back in 2007.