Danny gets Active for his set in Ballyduff

Bob Scott, Danny O’Mahony, Áine Ní Chuaig, Kathleen O’Connor and Maeve Scott from Ballyduff picturing the visit of acclaimed local musician Danny O’Mahony who was delighted to play some music for the Active Retirement Group
Bob Scott, Danny O’Mahony, Áine Ní Chuaig, Kathleen O’Connor and Maeve Scott from Ballyduff picturing the visit of acclaimed local musician Danny O’Mahony who was delighted to play some music for the Active Retirement Group

Fergus Dennehy

It was a livelier than usual meeting of the Ballyduff Active Retirement group last week as acclaimed musician and the village's favourite son, Danny O'Mahony paid a visit.

Making the visit extra special for Danny was the presence of his beloved mother, Kathleen and speaking during his visit, Danny was quick to emphasise just how much the support of his parents has contributed to his success.

As the current Traditional Artist in Residence at UCC for 2019/2020, Danny has no doubt a very busy schedule, but he was delighted to make the time for the local group, some of whom  fondly remembered some of Danny's earlier performances for them at annual Christmas parties.

These events were organised by a parish committee, of which his mother was an active member, and they were just one of the many occasions when Danny played in the Ballyduff Community Centre, which was a central element in his young life.

While Danny's visit was all about helping to give a little bit of music back to his native village, it was also a chance for the area to celebrate and look back on all that Danny has achieved in his career to date.

His mother talked of how Danny's musical career began, on the tin-whistle, with lessons in Ballyduff National School by a local teacher. He took to music, as they say, 'like a duck to water' and it was onwards and upwards from here on out.

Kathleen recalled Danny playing in Australia, America, England, Spain and many other places and over the years his parents' efforts were rewarded, as they saw Danny awarded numerous medals, including winning three All-Ireland championships, both at junior, and senior solo level, and one as a member of the Shannon Vale Ceilidh Band.

Now fully locked into his role as a musician, Danny is very much engaged with goings on here in Kerry, whether it be through visits to groups such as the Active Retirement Group, his weekly broadcasts on Radio Kerry and imparting his knowledge to the next generation.

Kerryman

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