Jimmy McGinley (1879-1957)

Jimí Bhidí Mhicí

Jimmy Bhidí Mhicí

Jimmy (Jimmy Bhidí Mhicí) of Cionn na Coilleadh was regarded locally as a noted fiddle player, and is particularly remembered for playing waltzes, some of which are still played as part of the tradition today.  His two sisters. Bridget and Mary both played the fiddle.  Jimmy married Maggie McGinley, Loch Dhoire Thoirc in 1920 and they went on to have ten of a family.  The same generation as local players such as the Leslie brothers and James Lyons, Jimmy was taught and influenced by among others, Paddy Boyle of  Coillte Feannaid.  His close playing partners included his old neighbour Peter Ó hIghne, Mín na Draighin and Johnny Boyle of An Bhráid.  He was a close relation of Andrew and Christy McGinley Mín an Aoire, a house which Jimmy often visited for a session of music.  Jimmy always kept two fiddles hanging on the wall, one for himself and one for a visiting player.