Thanks from Johnny

Songwriter Johnny Duhan
Songwriter Johnny Duhan

ONE of Ireland's leading songwriters - Johnny Duhan of The Voyage fame - was on to The Kerryman to say how delighted he was to meet fans at his recent concert in St John's.

The gig marked a special return to Kerry for the Galway-based singer/songwriter as the last time he was here he climbed Carrauntoohill in thanks for winning a legal case in which he represented himself.

It marked one of the liveliest moments of the Listowel concert, as he outlined the case - taken before the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal by Johnny with the assistance of his daughter Niamh - prior to singing The Beacon.

"I told my daughter Niamh that if we won the case she could pick a mountain in Ireland that we would climb together. I won the case. She chose Carrantuohill. We climbed it on a wet and windy day in September. It took four or five weary hours to go up and down. And, by God, my knees and back haven't been the same since."

Johnny's new album, 'Winter', is out now in a moving production reflecting on everything from our country's current woes to the passage of time and life. See