Limerick's 'Disco Dom' becomes an online star

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Limerick's 'Disco Dom' becomes an online star

Dominic Hannan, aka Disco Dom, from Garryowen, as he appears in the Nationwide programme, which has now amassed over 42,000 views online

A video of a ‘music mogul’ from Garryowen has become a viral hit, amassing more than 40,000 views online, after his appearance on Nationwide.

Disco Dom, whose real name is Dominic Hannan, is now becoming an even greater legend in his native Limerick. Colm Flynn, who was a reporter on The John Murray Show and also works for Nationwide, posted the video on his Facebook page in recent weeks - to mark the first anniversary of Don's appearance on TV. 

“Out of all the people I've met making Nationwide reports over the years, Dom is probably my favourite,” he wrote online, and the video suddenly took off.

Colm explained to the Limerick Leader that he first met Dom when covering a vinyl record fair in the Cornmarket. 

“I was sent down by The John Murray Show to talk to some of the people buying and selling records about what music they liked. It was there I met a man who introduced himself as 'Disco Dom'. His genuine passion and love for music was obvious straight away. 

"I was so impressed with Dom we invited him to the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook for a special tour where he got to meet some of his heroes like Dave Fanning and Larry Gogan. We recorded all this and broadcast it on Radio 1. The reaction we got to Dom's radio piece was massive.”

The segment is still available to view on You Tube.

“Listeners sent in hundreds of messages from around the country wanting to hear more of Dom and his passion for music,” he said.

Colm said that he told the editor of Nationwide that Dom was “the type of person we absolutely need to feature on the programme”.

”Just as he was on radio, Dom was a complete natural in front of the camera. He was warm, very open and had the rare ability to just 'be himself' in front of the TV camera.

"I think his good spirit and great personality, not to mention his love and passion for music really shone through in the piece so it didn't surprise me that over a third of a million people tuned in to watch him on Nationwide and now tens of thousands more are watching and sharing his video on Facebook.

”What I think is brilliant is that after featuring on national radio, being on one of Ireland's biggest TV shows and now becoming a viral star, Dom is taking it all in his stride. I've met a lot of people over the past eight years making various reports for TV and radio but it's very rare you come across a great character and lovely person such as Dom. 

In the video, Dom, who lives with his sister, her husband and their daughter, shares his love of vinyl records, and said he will never part with these.

“They’re part of my life. They keep me going,” he said.