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The Pattersons were an Irish folk band from County Donegal during the 1960s and 1970s. Originally consisting of Billy, Ronnie, Christine and Dorothy, they became a trio in 1969 when Dorothy left. The group released 5 LPs and achieved international recognition in the 70s, but are today best remembered for their frequent appearances on the Morecambe & Wise show, totalling 13 in all.
Ronnie Patterson married Rhona Duffy and they have two daughters, Stephanie and Gillian. He retired from RTÉ and now lives near Ramelton, Co. Donegal.
Christine Patterson married Dr. Michael O'Dowd and they have four children, Katy, Clare, Michael and David. They reside in Bearna, Co. Galway.
Billy Patterson married Carmel Gallagher and had three children, Aran, Iona and Adam. They now live in Manorcunningham, County Donegal. His first marriage to Jane blessed him with daughters Kiera, Jacqueline and Lizzie.
Dorothy Patterson married Bill Orr and they have three children, Tory, Ailsa and Christopher. They lived near Dungloe, Co. Donegal. Dorothy died all too early in 2009. Obituary published on Monday 23 November 2009 in the Derry Journal
Despite numerous invitations to re-form the group always declined.