Mickey MacConnell
Singer / Songwriter



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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 in Listowel.

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.


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