Connie Haughey (1906-1999)

Christy Byrne & Connie Haughey

(8th December 1906 – 6th January 1999) Connie, or Connie Con Beag as he was better known, is remembered as one of the finest fiddlers of his generation in Teileann. He was born and reared in the townland of Rann na Cille where he made his living as a fisherman. Connie settled in the home house and reared a large family with his wife, Cathy. As a young man he played as part of a group with Mick McShane, Mickey Golly and Jimmy Lyons. Connie is remembered as a very good dance player and often played at house dances and at céilithe in the Irish College along with fellow Teileann fiddler, Jim Phat James. Unfortunately, he had to cease playing at a relatively young age due to a hand complaint. To our knowledge there are no recordings of Connie’s music.

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