Leo Brennan, father of Enya and Clannad musicians, dies
Musician spent much of his life on the road with the Slieve Foy Dance Band
A video from 2008 of musician Leo Brennan from celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Leo’s Tavern. Screengrab: Youtube
Co Donegal folk group Clannad relaxing after their performance at the Castlebar Music Festival, August 1st, 1981. File photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times
Moya Brennan performing with Clannad in London, 2014. File photograph: Getty Images
Clannad perform in London in 2014. File photograph: Getty Images
Mr Brennan was born into a showband family and spent much of his life on the road with the Slieve Foy Dance Band.
After the showband era he set up a small pub in Meenaleck, Co Donegal called ‘Leo’s Tavern’.
Four of his children later formed Clannad. This group had a series of hits including The Theme from Harrys Game.
Enya left this group to embark on a highly successful solo career selling an estimated seventy five million records.
Mr Brennan is survived by his wife Máire ‘Baba’ Brennan and their children Moya, Ciarán, Pól, Deirdre, Leon, Enya, Olive, Bartley and Brídín.
His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Chapel, Derrybeg, Co Donegal on Friday.