Singer / Songwriter
Only Our Rivers
Mickey MacConnell was born during the unparalleled
snowstorms of 1947 and is the youngest member of a musical family
from Bellanaleck near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.
In an attempt to get warm, he fled south and spent
most of his working life as a journalist in Dublin where he slaved for the Irish Press
Group and, later, The Irish Times.
Despite the fact that he has been writing songs all his life -
"Only Our Rivers Run Free"; was written in 1965 - it was
only when he moved to Kerry about 30 years ago that he seriously devoted himself to his music.
His first album "Peter Pan and
Me"; was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and since then many of his songs have been recorded internationally
by such artists as Christy Moore , The Wolfe Tones , Mary Black
and many more including The James Last Orchestra.
His album "Joined Up Writing";
features many new songs and takes a wry look at life and politics, not just in Ireland but worldwide.
"Mickey MacConnell Live in
JohnB Keane's " captures Mickey in one of his
regular sessions during the summer months in JohnB Keane's pub
Mickey is married to Maura, has two daughters, Kerry and Claire, a son in law, Paddy, three beautiful grandchildren Molly, Padraig and Sally,
and an aged cocker spaniel named Max. He lives in Listowel , Co. Kerry.
News Flash -—"The Ballad of Lidl and Aldi" has taken on a life of its own. It has topped 100,000 views on YouTube and still climbing. Check it out here or on the lyrics page. Enjoy !