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012 Johnny McMahon Orchestra

Johnny McMahon, Bandleader celebrated 25 years in the music business in 1961 and the great Earl Connolly waxed lyrical about Johnny’s great achievements. The band leader re-opened St. John’s Pavilion to dance bands on Saturday, October 21, 1961, with his new ten-piece orchestra. This picture is a little before that time and they are Mary Cullen, Felix Lynch, Anita Cronin, Johnny McMahon, Johnny Small, Peter Dempsey, Joe Brophy. At the back, Cyril Duggan, Jack Brophy and Tommy Quigley. Johnny toured extensively in the United States and in England; played Carneige Hall in New York and was mobbed by every Irish Club in Britain. He was the winner of a nationwide musical poll (on the violin)to find the most outstanding musician of 1954; he played fourteen consecutive seasons in the Hydro Hotel in Kilkee and was the premier act in the Rosapenna Hotel in Co. Donegal for the summer of ’61. Johnny secured his ACLM at the age of 16 and played on Radio Eireann as far back as 1932. He also played with top cross-Channel attractions like Victor Sylverster, Joe Loss, Carl Berritteau, Gracie Cole, Ken Mackintosh and Ivy Benson. He also appeared with Carmel Quinn on American TV. So popular was Johnny McMahon that Mayor Donogh O’Malley wrote to him in 1961 saying: “It would be impossible for me to measure the vast amount of joy and pleasure that your playing has provided for hundreds of thousands of our citizens alone, and it is my earnest wish that you will continue to enjoy the patronage of our people and to uphold the very high standard of musicianship which has been for so long the hallmark of your performances.”
012 Johnny McMahon Orchestra

012 Johnny McMahon Orchestra

Johnny McMahon, Bandleader celebrated 25 years in the music business in 1961 and the great Earl Connolly waxed lyrical about Johnny’s great achievements. The band leader re-opened St. John’s Pavilion to dance bands on Saturday, October 21, 1961, with his new ten-piece orchestra. This picture is a little before that time and they are Mary Cullen, Felix Lynch, Anita Cronin, Johnny McMahon, Johnny Small, Peter Dempsey, Joe Brophy. At the back, Cyril Duggan, Jack Brophy and Tommy Quigley. Johnny toured extensively in the United States and in England; played Carneige Hall in New York and was mobbed by every Irish Club in Britain. He was the winner of a nationwide musical poll (on the violin)to find the most outstanding musician of 1954; he played fourteen consecutive seasons in the Hydro Hotel in Kilkee and was the premier act in the Rosapenna Hotel in Co. Donegal for the summer of ’61. Johnny secured his ACLM at the age of 16 and played on Radio Eireann as far back as 1932. He also played with top cross-Channel attractions like Victor Sylverster, Joe Loss, Carl Berritteau, Gracie Cole, Ken Mackintosh and Ivy Benson. He also appeared with Carmel Quinn on American TV. So popular was Johnny McMahon that Mayor Donogh O’Malley wrote to him in 1961 saying: “It would be impossible for me to measure the vast amount of joy and pleasure that your playing has provided for hundreds of thousands of our citizens alone, and it is my earnest wish that you will continue to enjoy the patronage of our people and to uphold the very high standard of musicianship which has been for so long the hallmark of your performances.”