Jimmy Kerrigan (b.1954)

Jimmy Kerrigan is the youngest in the family and plays the melodeon. He married Geraldine Haughey, Kilcar (RIP) and they lived in Drimnaherk. They have three children, Irene,…

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Tom Kerrigan (b.1939)

Tom Kerrigan was born in 1939 shortly after his father had passed away. Tom is married with six children. He played the melodeon, tin whistle and bodhrán and…

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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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