Saturday 26 May 2018

Revealed: The Listowel legend behind viral Ryanair song - 'Jesus, the reaction has been mad!'

Frances Kennedy has become an internet sensation
Frances Kennedy has become an internet sensation
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A Cork woman has added some comic relief to the Ryanair fiasco after her belting performance of a song about the low-cost airline went viral this week.

Frances Kennedy, who now lives in Listowel, has become an internet sensation - and not for the first time.

Speaking to, Frances said she is "overwhelmed" by  the reaction.

"Jesus, it's all a bit mad! I think it's so popular because everyone knows about Ryanair and everyone travels with them. The gas thing is they make travel more affordable for people but we still always moan about the small things they catch you on," she said.

The video, which has been viewed over 400,000 times, is from the Fleadh Cheoil in 2015, but it seems to have resurfaced following the controversy surrounding flight cancellations.

Frances decided to pen some new lyrics to give the song a more "modern feel".

"Twelve thousand of a bonus was not quite enough, so they all told O’Leary to go get stuffed."

It was originally written by Killarney man, Eric Goodmanson.

All joking aside, Frances said she hopes normal service resumes at Ryanair in the near future.

"Flights out of Kerry are invaluable to people, they are dependent on them. We can laugh about it but those flights are a lifeline to some people."

Frances has had many performances go down a treat on the internet.

She regularly performs at her local pub in Listowel, John B. Keane's.

Billy Keane described her as an "incredible woman who is always up for the craic".

"She does a lot for charity in the area and never turns anyone down if they ask her to perform. She is a lovely woman".

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