Johnny Monaghan (1896 – 1978)

Johnny, a brother of Patrick and Eddie Monaghan is remembered as a lively character who lived for traditional music and dance. Like Patrick, he was a melodeon player and for him, the essence of the music was the creation of a strong, steady rhythm. He played at house dances throughout the area with George Williamson and Charles Meehan among others.  Johnny married Annie McGinley and their son, Brian still lives in Drimarone.

Johnny Monaghan in conversation with Joe McGowan, 1970s (rec. by Joe McGowan)

Johnny Monaghan playing the highland ‘Money Musk (rec. by Joe McGowan)