John Egan (1903 – 1989)

John Egan was born and raised in Ardleybeg, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo and learned his early flue music from Andy and James Doyle, Brian Luby and John Joe Gardiner…

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Patsy Kerrigan (1937 – 2018)

Patsy was the eldest boy in the family of Kathleen and Tom Kerrigan. Patsy’s father died when he was very young. His mother Kathleen lived in Sallows until…

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Mickey Doherty (1895 – 1979)

Mickey Doherty of Drimagra played the fife with the Drimarone Ancient Order of Hibernian’s (Fife & Drum Band). The AOH was particularly active during the years of the…

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Mickey McGroarty (1908 – 1999)

Michael McGroarty of Sallows is remembered in his locality as a man of great skill, generosity and craftsmanship who had a natural affinity and respect for his environment….

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George Williamson (1911 – 1992)

George was born in 1911 at Roes to George and Bridget Williamson (née Haughey). The Haughey family of Croagh outside Dunkineely were renowned musicians and George picked up…

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Phil McGroarty (1896 – 1981)

Phil McGroarty was born in the townland of Drumkeelan in 1896 to James and Ann (née Griffin) where he grew up in an environment alive with fiddle, lilting…

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Charlie O’Neill (1916 – 2013)

Charlie O’Neill was born on Christmas Day, 1916 and was known thereafter as Charlie ‘Santa’ O’Neill. Surrounded by a vibrant music tradition, local players included Paddy McDyer and…

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Donal Kelly (b.1938)

Donal Kelly is a melodeon player from Roes who has kept many of the older highlands, barndances and jigs from the locality alive in the tradition. He maintains…

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Tommy McHugh

Tommy McHugh of Ballymacahill was a fine fiddle player and cousin of Brendan McHugh, an accordion player and fiddler from Frosses. Donal Kelly recalls that Tommy used keep…

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Daniel Donnelly Gallagher (1892 – 1964)

Daniel Donnelly Gallagher was, without doubt, one of the most important characters in the music tradition in the parish of Inver. Like John James Connaghan, His house in…

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