Jack McElroy (1910 – 1996)

(3rd March 1910 – 5th January 1996) Christened John Francis but commonly known as Jack, he was born and raised in the townland of Gleann Málainn, the son…

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Johnny Boyle (1888 – 1968)

(6th June 1888 – 10th October 1968) Johnny Boyle of An Bhráid Íochtarach is remembered locally as a very fine fiddle player. Though he lived all his adult…

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Patrick Gillespie (b. 1917)

Patrick Gillespie

(b. 1st January 1917) Paddy, or Paddy Phroinsias, was born and reared at Gort an Luain, an area located between the townlands of Cionn na Coilleadh and Suidheamh….

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James Lyons

James Lyons

  James, the son of Eohgan Lyons and Catherine Gildea was born and reared at An Gaineamh, Gleann Cholmcille. James learned his trade of shoemaking from his father,…

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Paddy O’Gara (1921 – 1994)

Paddy O'Gara

(1921 – 13th October 1994) ‘I remember one night at a dance in Glen in a hall they call the Spink hall, do you know I played with…

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Paddy O’Gara (Snr) (1800s)

Fiddle Made By Condy Lyons

It is believed that Paddy O’Gara was the first of the clan to set up home in Mín na bhFachrán sometime in the early nineteenth century. Originally from…

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Barney Molloy (c.1895 – 1967)

(c.1895 – 2nd April 1967) Barney, or Barney Bhríanaí of Mín na Chearrbhaigh was the son of Bríanaí Mór Molloy, a noted fiddler who learned much of his…

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Con McGill (1912 – 1983)

(6th March 1912 – 5th August 1983) Con McGill, or Con Choit as he was known locally, was born at Mínte Seisce in the parish of Ard an…

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Mícheál Carr (1933 – 1998)

(7th January 1933 – 26th February 1998) Mícheál, an accordion and fiddle player, was the fourth child and first son of Mick and Mary Carr. As a teenager…

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Con Sweeny (1932 – 1981)

(5th February 1932 – 28th March 1981) Con Sweeney, Srath Laoill Theas, was the youngest of a family of six. He was a close neighbour of Patrick Doherty…

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