Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra Award

Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra Award

Roll of Honour

2019-  Jackie Daly

2018- Timmy O’Connor

2017- Dr. Matt Cranitch

2016- Paddy Jones

2015- Dónal O’Connor

2014- Jimmy O’Brien

2013- Dan Murphy

2012- Dan Herlihy

2011- Nicky and Anne McAuliffe

2010- Denis McMahon

2009- Jimmy Doyle

2008- Willie 0’Connell

2007- Maurice O’Keeffe

2006- Mikey Duggan

2005- Dan O’Connell

2004- Paddy Cronin

2003- No winner

2002- Peter Browne

2001– No winner

2000- Ciarán MacMathúna



Jackie Daly

The inimitable Jackie Daly received the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Award for dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra in 2019. Photo Niamh Ní Bhaoil, TG4.


Jackie Daly was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork on June 22, 1945. He grew up surrounded by the rich music of Sliabh Luachra. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle player Jim Keeffe, who himself was a former student of Patrick O’Keeffe.

Dutch Merchant Navy to All Ireland Title

Jackie worked for several years with the Dutch Merchant Navy, before returning to Ireland in the early 1970’s. He then through himself into being a full time professional musician. In 1974 he won the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Accordion Competition in Listowel, County Kerry. To qualify, he was obliged to play a B/C instrument, at the time the only system sanctioned by the competition organizers, but immediately afterwards returned to his chosen C#/D system.

Solo Album & Duo with Creagh

In 1977 he released a solo album under the Topic Record Label. ‘Music from Sliabh Luachra’ was the album, and shortly afterwards he teamed up with Seamus Creagh and released ‘Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh.’ Jackie also recorded with Kevin Burke to much acclaim.

De Dannan

Jackie Daly was the first of what was to be a series of accordion players to join the renowned music group ‘De Dannan.’ He joined the group in 1980 and would go on to record four albums with the band before he left in 1985.

Driving Force Behind a Succession of Groups

After departing De Dannan, his lively and exuberant style of playing has driven many illustrious bands including Buttons & Bows, Arcady, Reel Union, Kinvara,  Patrick Street.

Other Collaborations and Gradam Ceoil

In the intervening years Jackie Daly collaborated with notable fiddle players Máire O’Keeffe and James Kelly among other. In 2005, Daly was named Ceoltóir na Bliana (Musician of the Year) at the Gradam Ceoil awards. The always witty Kanturk man quipped from the stage “Tis great to be first at last, I was always behind before.” On receiving the award and the monetary stipend he declared himself to be ‘Sliabh Luachrative!’

Composer and Teacher

In addition to his stellar recording career, Jackie is a talented composer and a sought after teacher. He is a most accomplished and versatile musician who has left an indelible mark on the finest traditional Irish bands of our time. His infectious and rhythmic playing has delighted audiences around the world. He appears today alongside his musical compadre Matt Cranitch at festivals throughout Ireland and the world.




Timmy O’Connor