A WELL-LOVED local singer, Paddy Hanrahan is recovering in hospital after suffering a brain haemhorrage and a stroke just a week after performing live at the Watergate.
“I was playing with him in The Watergate the Tuesday before Christmas and he was in great form. The audience were fantastic and stood up to sing Lough Sheelin with him. It is incredible what happened, he was so full of life that night,” said his friend and fellow musician John Travers.
Paddy was at his daughter’s house on Christmas Day with his family when he suffered a brain haemhorrage and then a stroke. He was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital where he is being treated.
“I have been up to visit him every day and it seems that he has lost the use of the right side of his body. It is a very big shock. Paddy would have been on the same level as Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and was very popular in the 1960’s. He was so full of life, it is hard to believe what happened. He seems to be improving so fingers crossed he will make a good recovery,” he added.
After just over a week at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny the the 74-year-old has made a remarkable recovery and has been transferred to St Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown. “I was down with him earlier this week and he was sitting out on a chair. Last week I didn’t think that he would survive and now I think that we will be making another CD before the year is out. It is incredible,” added Mr Travers.
Paddy Hanrahan who sings the wonderful Lough Sheelin is one of Kilkenny’s musical legends having started his singing career with the equally legendary Black Aces and spent the 60′s in the height of the showband boom and then sang for many years with Mick Cantwell.