Kieran Hanrahan

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Kieran Hanrahan [1](born 1957) is an Irish radio host and musician.[2][3] Born in Ennis, County Clare, he began playing traditional Irish music on the tenor banjo at the age of fourteen. Over the years, Hanrahan has helped to found a number of traditional bands, including Stockton's Wing, Inchiquin, and the Temple-house Ceili Band.[4]

Hanrahan has hosted radio programs for the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ since 1991.[5] Hanrahan is an assistant lecturer at the Conservatory of Music and Drama at Dublin Institute of Technology where he works in the Traditional Music program.[6] He achieved a 1st Class Honors master's degree (MMus Hons)[7] and was also awarded the DIT Gold medal for Academic Achievement in 2012.[8] Currently he hosts Céilí House, a radio program on traditional Irish music aired weekly in Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1.[9] For the last five years Kieran Hanrahan has been the artistic director of the Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin, Ireland.[10]


  • Various artists: The Field (Film soundtrack) (1990)
  • The Chieftains: The Long Black Veil (1995): Hanrahan appears as a guest musician.
  • Kieran Hanrahan plays the Irish Tenor Banjo (1998)
  • This Is My Father (Film soundtrack) (1998): In addition to performing on the soundtrack for this film, Hanrahan also appears onscreen as a band leader.
  • Various artists: Agnes Browne (Film soundtrack) (2000)


  1. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo by Kieran Hanrahan - as analyzed at". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan discography". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "DIT - Conservatory of Music and Drama - Kieran Hanrahan". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan". O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Scoiltrad: Kieran Hanrahan". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Liz Doherty and Kieran Hanrahan Appointed to Culture Ireland Committee". The Journal of Music: News, Reviews & Opinion | Music Jobs & Opportunities. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan". Discogs. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Ceili House". Ceili House. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Kieran Hanrahan - Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo". Retrieved 22 May 2019.

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