Mattie Lennon, is the host of "Mattie Lennon's Ballad Hour" on Radio Dublin 100FM every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. He contributes songs and informative articles to Cantaria. By way of introduction, he writes this about himself:
I was born in the middle of the last century at Kylebeg, Lacken, Blessington, Co Wicklow. And as James Joyce said about Dublin "I never left" even though I have spent the last 30 years in Dublin.
Songwriting started when I was 14 or 15. If anyone blamed me for anything in the wrong I would "make a song about them". There weren't many false accusations so I wasn't very prolific.
Nowadays I write the occasional humourous article and I compile and present the occasional show on local radio (I have been on national radio a few times also). The format of the show (The Story And The Song) is; I play four or five Irish ballads having first told the story behind each one.