Monday 23 July 2018

'Danny? He’s had a few rough times... but he’s in a great place now' - Coronas' frontman Danny O'Reilly's mother Mary Black

Danny O'Reilly and girlfriend Emma Swift arrive for the Dublin V Mayo All Ireland GAA football final 2017 at Croke Park
Danny O'Reilly and girlfriend Emma Swift arrive for the Dublin V Mayo All Ireland GAA football final 2017 at Croke Park
Danny O'Reilly and girlfriend Emma Swift arrive for the Dublin V Mayo All Ireland GAA football final 2017 at Croke Park
Danny O'Reilly says The Coronas will never split up because the bandmates are so close. Photo: David Conachy
Glen Hansard, Hozier and other Irish musicians perform the annual charity Christmas Eve Busking session on Grafton Street in aid of homeless charities
Danny O'Reilly
Danny O'Reilly and Laura Whitmore in London. Picture: REX
Laura Whitmore and Danny O'Reilly at the 2012 IFTAs
Laura Whitmore & ex Danny O'Reilly in 2011
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Irish folk singer Mary Black has spoken about how her son Danny has moved on from some “rough times” and found happiness.

Singer Danny O’Reilly and girlfriend Emma Swift went public as a couple in September.

The popular singer previously dated TV presenter Laura Whitmore (31) on and off for four years before calling it quits for good in 2015.

His mother Mary told the Irish Daily Mail that the modern world of celebrity which her children have to deal with did not exist when she was starting out as a singer.

“Danny? He’s had a few rough times and it’s not easy when you’ve a well-known face and maybe a well-known girlfriend.”

“People are watching all the time, but he’s in a great place now, he’s really happy. I think it’s part of life, isn’t it? Everyone has relationships that work or don’t work. But it’s part of growing up, it’s part of living.”

“Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t. But he’s in a great place. He’s a great guy, he’s lovely. He’s got great time for people and he’s down to earth.”

The singer told the newspaper how her Coronas frontman son first started his music career by supporting her as a solo artist before her gigs.

“Nobody knew who he was in the early days, before The Coronas. So he was in his teens and he’d get up and sing a song and people loved it. But it was great experience.”

Mary (62) herself has just released an album which celebrates the work of her long-time friend and collaborator, songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy.

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