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The Daniel J.Hannon Folk Fest was founded in 2016 and takes place in Brosna, County Kerry, Ireland. Dan was best known for his charitable work and his songwriting skills. He is most famous for writing ‘My Native Brosna Town’. The festival was initially supported by the Diaspora Fund courtesy the Dept of the Taoiseach. This years festival is funded by the Community Support Fund & Culture Night funding courtesy of the Arts Office of Kerry County Council.

A Biography.

Daniel J. Hannon

October 7, 1920 – October 26, 1989.

Composer of the popular ballad ‘My Native Brosna Town’. Daniel was renowned for his humanitarian work and dedication to Irish culture. Dan attended Knockaclarig Natonal School and was raised in Knockawinna. He worked on the roads for Kerry County Council and emigrated to New York in 1948. Dan married Margaret ‘Peggy’ Guerin from Kilcummin in 1956.

Together they raised a family of ten children. He worked as a bus driver for the Fifth Ave. Coach Company for many years. Daniel is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, NY, with his wife Peggy and their son John who was a member of the FDNY.


Daniel J.Hannon: ‘Irishman, Songwriter & Humanitarian’


Daniel J. Hannon was a native of the Parish of Brosna. He was raised in the townland of Knockawinna. The same town-land produced the well-known businessman Denis Guiney of Clery’s Department Store fame. Brosna is a hillside village located in the north east of County Kerry, Ireland.

The village is located in ‘Sliabh Luachra’, an area that includes the counties Kerry, Cork and Limerick. The area is known as the cultural heartland of Irish traditional folk life. Brosna also has two National Schools, Scoil Mhuire and Knockaclarig N.S. Brosna is also home to the Con Curtin Music Festival  which celebrates Irish traditional music. Brosna also has two Parish churches.


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The Hannon Festival was supported by the Diaspora Fund (Dept. of the Taoiseach)  in 2016.

In 2017 festival depended solely on a local fundraiser. There was no festival held in 2018.

The 2019 Festival will partially funded by the Community Support Fund. The festival has also secured Culture Night Funding, administered by the Arts Office of Kerry County Council, which we are very grateful for.

We have received support for our ‘Fun-Run’ from Lee Strand, Tralee, Co.Kerry in 2016, 2017 & 2019.




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