Edward Keeney (1922-2009)

Edward was born and raised at Gleann Domhain, outside Ardara where he started playing fiddle at the age of four. His first instrument, bought by his brother, Sonny…

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Jimmy O’Rourke (b. ca.1884)

Jimmy O’Rourke was born in the mid 1880s and his older brothers, Irwin and Mickey O’Rourke were described as ‘tinsmiths’ in the 1901 census. The O’Rourkes were a…

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John Boyle (1871-1972) & John Patrick Boyle (1922-2000)

John Boyle, born shortly after the Franco-Prussian war in 1871, lived for over 100 years at Tullycleave and is one of the earliest fiddle players recorded in the…

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Peter Shovlin (b. 1931)

Peter Shovlin was born in Lios Ciaracháin on Loughros Point in June 1931. He recalls that the fiddler Packie James McNelis was in great demand to play at…

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