Popular local musician, Padraig Moran, celebrated a remarkable milestone on Saturday, January 23 last.
He recorded and posted his 300th consecutive daily performance on Facebook.
Like many other performing artists, the Ballina musician, who has been singing and playing locally for over four decades, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic which has effectively eradicated the live-music scene.
When Ireland was first put into lockdown last March, he decided to post a performance on his Facebook page in the ensuing days:
“I thought it would only be for a few weeks. Little did I think I would still be at it now,” he explains.
Padraig, who is an active community volunteer, is assisted with the recordings by his son Ryan and is proud of the fact that there has been no repetition on his pandemic playlist to date thanks to major research on his part.
“The response has been unreal,” Padraig remarked. “I’ve made a lot of friends with people from England, America and Australia. A lot of them are Irish and they say the songs are helping to keep them going.”
Local Cllr Mark Duffy is more than aware of the positive impact Padraig’s music has had on people and recently established an online tip jar account as a way for people to express their appreciation:
“Padraig’s songs have given everyone a cheer, a laugh and a sense of community while we all try to stay safe, while staying apart at home,” Cllr Duffy said.
You can make a donation to Padraig’s tip jar via this link: https://padraigmoran.tipjar.ie/