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Paddy Brennan
Rock & Roll Records

Paddy Brennan

Paddy Brennan, who died in 2020, was a well-loved local impressario, author, broadcaster, club and radio DJ and founder of the Limerick Rock & Roll Club which brought to Ireland such international artists as The Crickets, The Searchers, Craig Douglas, Love Affair, Freddie & The Dreamers, Peter Sarstedt, Mike Berry & The Outlaws, The Fourmost, Sherry Holly and many more.

A prolific writer, Paddy's books include 'The Golden Era Of Irish Showbands' and the internationally-acclaimed 'Limerick Music Throughout The Decades', while he also acted as editor of the magazine 'Be Bop Mail'.

An accomplished record producer, he set up his own label Rock & Roll Records, and released a number of albums, including in 2012, 'Limerick On Record', This mammoth task culminated in a CD comprising 62 tracks recorded by local musicians over the previous fifty years, including such Limerick luminaries as Richard Harris, Terry Wogan, The Cranberries, Bill Whelan, Denis Allen, Mick Hanly and Eugene Wallace. The 3 CD box set quickly became a collectors item with all the proceeds being donated to Limerick's Milford Hospice.

In the years after, Paddy produced and released several albums by Limerick bands incuding Reform and Granny's Intentions and also broadcast for many years on several radio stations including Big L and LCCR.

Voted Limerick Person Of The Month, Paddy Brennan was a highly respected and much loved personality, who along with his wife Geraldine, worked to put Limerick music on the world map.

Indeed he was the voice of Limerick's Rock & Roll scene for more than 50 years.

Jim Liddane

Limerick On Record

Limerick has always been a music city, boasting more bands and musicians per head of population than most others.

In 2012, Paddy Brennan undertook the mammoth task of compiling a CD comprising 62 tracks recorded by local musicians over the past fifty years, including such Limerick luminaries as Richard Harris, Terry Wogan, The Cranberries, Bill Whelan, Dennis Allen, Mick Hanly and Eugene Wallace.

All the proceeds from the sale of the CD were donated to Limerick's Milford Hospice.

The 3 CD box set quickly became a collectors item and nowadays, is very difficult to find.

The Complete Recordings

Although a number of bands emerged in Limerick during the seventies, Reform, comprising Don O'Connor, Joe Mulcahy and Willie Brown, were by far the most successful.

With hit singles such as "One For The Boys" and "You Gotta Get Up", the outfit conquered Irish audiences with a series of exciting and innovative performances.

Reform broke up in 1984, but thirty years later, Paddy Brennan of the Limerick Rock & Roll Club compiled and released a comprehensive CD, comprising all of their recorded tracks, including their early demos.

Granny's Intentions
The Story Of David

Granny's Intentions, who were the first Limerick band to break outside of Ireland when they secured a contract with London-based Deram Records, were formed in 1965 as The Intentions, featuring Johnny Duhan, Cha Haran, John Heelan, John Ryan, Jack Costelloe and Guido Di Vito,

Later lineups included Bobby O'Driscoll, Johnny Hockedy, Greg Donaghy, Ed Deane, Pete Cummins, Pat Nash, Joe O'Donnell and Noel Bridgeman.

Leaving Limerick, the band toured Germany, Scotland and England, before playing Glastonbury in 1967, which led to the deal with Deram.

An album and four singles were subsequently released in the UK, including the self-penned "Story Of David", and "Never An Everyday Thing" which was a Top 10 hit in Ireland, and also sold well in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

The band split in 1972, each member pursuing their own musical interests, but have reunited for one-off gigs on several occasions since.

Limerick Music

Limerick Music

In 2018, Paddy compiled an acclaimed history of the Limerick music scene spanning almost 220 years, including 1400 rare photos of the acts and venues associated with the area, a work which has proved a worthy tribute to the city and its entertainers.

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