DANIEL J.HANNON

Biography

October 7, 1920 – October 26, 1989.

Son of David and Deborah Hannon, Daniel Joseph Hannon is best known as the composer of the popular ballad ‘My Native Brosna Town’. Daniel was renowned for his humanitarian work and dedication to Irish culture in Ireland and New York. Dan was born near Rockchapel, Co.Cork. He attended Knockaclarig National School and was raised in Knockawinna, Brosna. Daniel had three brothers, Ned, Sonny, Thomas and one sister, Betty. Ned emigrated to New York and Sonny to Birmingham, England. Betty lived at the Forge in Rockchapel. Dan was a farm labourer and he also worked on the roads for Kerry County Council. He emigrated from the port of Cobh, Co.Cork to New York in August 1948. Daniel married Peggy Guerin in 1956. Peggy was from Kilcummin in Killarney. Together they raised a family of ten.

Daniel worked as a bus driver for the Fifth Ave. Coach Company for many years.  He was a member of Highbridge Harps GAA club in the Bronx and would later become President of Fordham Shamrocks GAA club, also based in the Bronx. Like many other Irishmen he was involved in the bar trade. He operated an establishment called the Irish Village with a man named Sheahan. He also wrote many other folk songs such as My Killarney Mountain Rose, Tribute to Con Carey and Dear Old Rockchapel Town. Daniel passed away in 1989 and is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY with his wife Peggy and their son John who was a member of the FDNY.

Radio Kerry Documentary

Radio KerryIn August 2017 Radio Kerry recorded a special edition of the Saturday Supplement with Joe McGill about the life of Daniel J.Hannon. Guests included wife Peggy Hannon (RIP), daughters Kathleen & Margaret, grandson Conor Doolan, former Principal of Knockaclarig National School & historian Tom Roche, GAA manager Jimmy Keane and custodian of traditional music Jack Roche of Rockchapel.

Listen back here: https://www.radiokerry.ie/saturday-supplement-august-19th-2017/

Memorial Unveiled

As part of the 2019 Folk Festival a memorial featuring a concise biography of Dan’s life and a verse of ‘Brosna Town’ was unveiled in the Square at Brosna. It is located adjacent to the cemetery and church. Special thanks to James McAulliffe, Councilor Bobby O’Connell and Noel O’Connell Memorials of Abbeyfeale. The inscription was composed by Dan’s daughter Kathleen Doolan and his grandson Conor Doolan.