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Mary Courtney performs at An Beal Bocht in Riverdale every Friday at 6 p.m.

Mary Courtney sang for Martin McGuiness' Month's Mind Mass at
St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC on April 24, 2017. It was a great honor to perform the Irish National Anthem, "Amhrán na bhFiann" ("The Soldiers' Song")

Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, a likely beginning for this remarkable singer and guitarist. Whether accompanying herself, or holding the rhythm line with her trad band, Morning Star, she is a consummate musician. Her music is an engaging collaboration of traditional Irish music and a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Her bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) playing offers another dimension to her exceptional performance. Courtney has used her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience about the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing anything, and sing it unforgettably.

Reviews what a singer she is!  Her powerful vocals are direct, allowing the beauty of the melodies and the emotion of the lyrics to come through; however her voice is also distinctive, making her stand out both from a sincerity point of view as well as a technical one.  Frankly, she has a voice that is difficult to ignore… I’d almost forgotten what a dynamic instrument banjo is. Ryan brings that special melodic drive I’ve not heard for quite a while, as he pushes the tunes along with gusto, enthusiasm, and a lot of talent. As you listen, it’s no wonder Redmond has 4 All-Ireland titles under his belt.  All this is built on Courtney’s excellent guitar accompaniment…. Sometimes, I’m amazed at how a small group such as this can have such a ‘big’ sound, one that is so involving and welcoming.  Mary Courtney and Morning Star has risen to the top of my list of must-see musicians.  When you listen to Live from the 33rd County you’ll understand why. Jamie O’Brien, Putting on Airs, Irish Edition

Mary is available solo, or in a duo or trio, contact her for info.



This is from a post on Dan Dennehy's Facebook page and was written by Mike's wife Maggie and his daughter Kate.
August 29, 2017· 

A beautiful tribute to Mike, by his wife Maggie and daughter Kate for his recent honors in Peekskill.
Michael O'Hanlon was born in the Bronx on November 1, 1957, to Con and Ann O'Hanlon, both natives of the Emerald Isle. His mother Ann (nee Power) hailed from Woodford Co. Galway and his father Con from Doneraile, County Cork. Mike was raised in the Bronx and Yonkers with his two sisters Noreen and Patricia, in a house full of Irish traditions, values and culture intertwined with American pride. The O'Hanlon door was always open with family: aunts, uncles, cousins and friends alike gathered at the O'Hanlon home. Irish music, songs, dancing, stories, card games, laughter, faith, love and of course the smell of mom's soda bread and treacle bread (his favorite) filled the air. Said Mike, “It was wonderful growing up in a close-knit Irish Catholic family.”

Mike attended schools in the Bronx and Yonkers, graduated from Mt. St. Michael Academy, attended Iona College. He joined the New York City Fire Dept in 1982 (The Greatest Job on Earth). He was a member of to the FDNY Emerald Society and Holy Name Society. He spent countless days working and volunteering at World Trade Center site after 9/11, Over the years with the Fire Dept; Mike has marched in the NY St. Patrick's Day Parade with pride as Irish American firefighter.

Mike was honored to represent the FDNY as a Grand Marshal of the 2002 AOH Missoula Montana St. Patrick's Day Parade, the first to be held after the 9/11 attacks. Mike and the brothers from E-68 L-49 always gave back to the community.

Every year, they would hold a Thanksgiving feast for the “Old Folks” at Sacred Heart parish in Highbridge. Mike would get his fellow musicians to come and play for the senior citizens. They would enjoy an afternoon of good food and Irish music. They would visit nursing homes providing entertainment and company to the residents. In 2012 Mike received an outstanding service award for from the Bronx Community Board 4 for his dedicated services to the City of New York. Mike retired in 2013 after a 30-year career with the Fire Dept.

Mike and his wife Maggie (nee Loftus) were married for 36 years ago and two great Irish families became one. Maggie is the 'Love of His Life', his best friend, and biggest supporter; 
The couple reside in Cortlandt Manor, raised three children, Katherine, Michael Jr, and Martin and instilled them with the same values, traditions, and culture they possessed.

Through the years, they enjoyed family vacations to Ireland, family gatherings, vacations on Long Beach Island and keeping the close-knit family ties is very important to Mike and Maggie. Mike's daughter Katherine married Brett Schlosser on Oct 22, 2016; the wedding was a celebration of love, family, and friends in a grand Irish style. Mike and Katherine showed off the Irish dancing talents in best Father- Daughter dance of all time!

An accomplished traditional button accordion player, Mike competed in All-Ireland competitions in 1970 and won an All-Ireland Medal as a member of the Garryowen Ceili band. One of his first gigs as a teenager was playing for the AOH Div 5 in Woodlawn, enlisted by the great Hibernian, John Egan and Dan Dennehy Sr. 
Mike became a mainstay of Hibernian events for the rest of his life, including performing at the Irish Consul's Residence for the AOH 175th Anniversary.

Mike performed on many occasions but playing at Carnegie Hall remained with him forever. Mike was a regular at Guinan's Full Moon Sessions with Jack McAndrew for over 25 years. He continued to play at sessions throughout the Tri-state area today. Mike loved being is a member of Celtic Blend band, a fine Irish group. Celtic Blend led by Eddie Boles, also FDNY play many charitable events including the Emerald Isle Immigration Center's Celtic Cruise. 
Mike loved to play, whether on family bus trips around Ireland, or just sitting in the back yard, "Have accordion, Will travel." His Aunt Terry was known to tell him, “Don't leave home without it.”

Several local Irish organization and events benefitted from Mike's good will and volunteer spirit. Mike was a founding member of the Hudson Valley Irish Fest committee and volunteered his time and talents to help make sure it's the finest festivals around. Mike also supported and helped raise funds for the Peekskill St. Patrick's Parade for many years. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Peekskill St. Patrick's Parade and played his accordion at all related event, top hat and all!

From the moment he joined Hibernian Division 18 Peekskill, Mike was a proud member, always very involved in all the good work they do and in keeping a fine tradition alive. He was extremely honored and humbled to be recognized as the Hibernian Man of the Year! He supported many charitable golf outings, including the most recent AOH Division 18 Golf outing in June 2017. He also played at with Celtic Blend at the AOH Westchester County Dinner in late June.

Mike led a valiant battle against 9/11 related cancers over the past couple of years, after being the picture of health. He died yesterday morning surrounded by family, in the loving embrace of the home he made for their family. 
His family, Hibernians, and FDNY family and countless friends mourn his loss.