#15 | Interview with Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas

‘We’ve been on your Instagram and seen your exes and it’s clear that looks aren’t important to you’

This week on Up To 90, we talk to the soundest rock-star in the bizz Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas (check them out here!) about all things nineties.

Recorded in the Harbourmaster in the heart of Dublin’s IFSC, Danny took us back to his first gig in the Catholic all-girls secondary schools Santa Maria, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat; saying goodbye to songs when they’re shite, the joy of being right, his composition of Britney Spears’ major international hit ‘Everytime’, his initial impressions of 16 year old Emma Doran (turns out she was able to chat to the lads, who would have that our resident wallflower had it in her?), getting the shift and getting star-struck, selling out the 3 Arena (thrice), his time living in London with the other lads in The Coronas but why Dublin will always be home, his song-writing process, and answers the perennial question: is heartbreak really more inspiring than love?

It turns out Danny is a bit of a banter factory so the conversation flowed over chicken wings and Sol (we tried to get actual Corona, but, you know yourself, it’s just business innit). Danny talks growing up with musical legend Mary Black as a mom, Dublin football, his relationship with Uber talented sister Róisín O, discusses why he’s now much more guarded about his personal life and just how proud he is of his senator auntie Frances. He even throws in cúpla focail and gives us his two cents on why he believes Gaeilge is so important to Irish identity.

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