?I was elated when John asked me to carry on the Irish Echo and join the radio show full-time. I know how much John and this show meant to my dad, and being able to carry on his legacy each week is such an honor.?
Echos of Ireland is a radio show that brings a lovely blend of Irish history, geography, music, and humor to our listeners.? The show is celebrating thirty years of broadcasting with plans for many years to come. It is rated as one of the most listened to Irish shows throughout the world. Please join us every Sunday morning from 11:30am ? 1:30pm EST as we take you on a musical journey throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.
John Connolly was born in the small rural village of Castleconnell in County Limerick, Ireland. He learned to entertain at a very young age. His first love was traditional Ceili (Celtic) music and ballad singing, and he continues to focus on this aspect of Irish entertainment.
John joined a boys club at the age of ten and learned to play his first musical instrument, a flageolet (Penny Whistle). Shortly afterward, he began entertaining with a local marching band. Soon after, he learned how to play the Chromatic (button) accordion and would sit in with a local Ceili band when they played in the area.
This very talented musician and singer started playing professionally at the age of 15. He has shared stages throughout Ireland,?England,?Canada, and the USA with many well-known artists, and has appeared on national television in Ireland,?Canada, and the United States. He has also played on the Ralph Emery Television Show, TNN in Nashville, TN.
John has performed in concert halls and festivals from New York to California and he is happy and content at what he does best: Entertain!
He is credited with three CD?s,? “MAGGIE”,??STILL AT IT? ?CELTIC, COUNTRY, CLASSIC??and two cassettes where he performs some of the great and frequently requested songs such as Danny Boy, Killybegs, Kathleen, Famous Seamus, A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing, Noreen Bawn, Irish Soldier Laddie Ringsend Rose The Bold O? Donahue and many more.
Molly McHugh, born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, is the co-host of Echoes of Ireland with long-time host, John Connolly.? The job comes with big shoes to fill.? Molly stepped in to carry on the co-host role her father Ted held for 28 years prior to his passing in July 2017.
Molly is a Central Catholic High School, University of Toledo and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) graduate. After obtaining her Bachelor?s in Human Resource Management from UT, she moved to New York City and started her career in HR.
After four years in NYC it was time for a new adventure – Ireland! Molly moved to Galway, where her dad was born, to obtain her Master?s in Strategy, Innovation and People Management from NUIG and, of course, to experience and understand what that real ?craic? was all about.
Her father, Ted, was a great storyteller, and one of the things Molly cherished most about her time in Ireland was the ability to see some of those stories her dad told come to life in person.
She was also able to spend time and holidays with family that otherwise would never have happened. Her dad was one of 14 children, so there were plenty of cousins (and pub visits) to go around!
After spending a year in Galway, Molly returned to NYC to focus her career on Employee Benefits Consulting with the Sequoia Consulting Group.? In 2018, Molly decided to return home to Toledo and was elated to be given the opportunity carry on her father’s legacy as this show’s co-host.
How We Got Started
Native-born Irishman, John Connolly, the host of Echos of Ireland, has what it takes to take you to the Emerald Isle every Sunday. Mr. Connolly emigrated from County Limerick, Ireland in 1967 and has performed with the Emerald Isle?s most famous musical groups. His background as a broadcast host includes Limerick Radio 95, Ireland, and 50,000 watt WLAC radio in Nashville TN where he recorded with his band.
John?s co-host of Echos of Ireland was Ted McHugh from County Galway, Ireland. Although the two did not know each other in Ireland, they met and became instant friends in Toledo, Ohio. The friendship remained strong for many years, and the two of them together brought loyal listeners Echos of Ireland for 28 years.
Unfortunately, Ted passed away in July, 2017. Due to the love of the show John continued on. In the summer of 2018, Ted?s daughter Molly, moved back to Toledo, Ohio, and was honored to be asked to be the new co-host of the show. Although Ted?s shoes can never be filled, Molly is extremely exited to be a part of the Echos of Ireland family.
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