James Byrne (1946-2008)

(4th January 1946 – 8th November 2008)  Without doubt, James Byrne (An Bheirneach) of Mín na Croise was one of the finest traditional fiddle players in Ireland. Along…

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Con Dorrian (1926 –1991)

Con Dorrian (19th June 1926 – 25th February 1991) Con Dorrian, from Cill Chathasaigh / Na Caislíní was a highly regarded fiddle player. His father, James, was married twice…

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Con McGinley (1889 – 1974)

Con McGinley (2nd May 1889 – 2nd February 1974) Con (Con Condy John Beag) was the third generation of his family to inhabit the home house at Iomascan. When…

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Edward Byrne (1899-1976)

Edward Byrne (1899 – 1976) Edward was born into a family of ten in the final year of the 19th century at An Chógais. His father, Dominic was a…

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John Byrne (1941–2011)

John Byrne (June 1941 – 7th April 2011) John (Johnny) Byrne was born and raised in a family steeped in traditional music and song at An Chógais in 1941,…

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Kate Bonar (1904 – 1980)

Kate Bonar (23rd October 1904 – 28th April 1980) Kate Bonar was the youngest child of a family of ten, all of whom were singers. Kate took up the…

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Patrick Gallagher (1916 -) James Gallagher (Jnr) (1923 -)

Patrick Gallagher (8th July 1916 – ) James Gallagher (Jnr) (6TH January 1923 – ) Patrick was regarded as a sweet fiddler and a good dance player. He…

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Peter Cunningham (1909-1996)

Peter Cunningham  (31st August 1909 – 2nd January 1996) Peter Cunningham, a highly regarded fiddle player and bagpiper with the Saint Cartha’s Pipe Band was born in 1909…

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Francie ‘Dearg’ Ó Beirn (1904-1987)

Francie ‘Dearg’ Ó Beirn  (23rd December 1904 – 25th June 1987) Franice was born and reared at Caiseal on the coast road to Doire Leathan, to Patrick and…

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Mickey ‘Bán’ Ó Beirn (1899-1980)

Mickey ‘Bán’ Ó Beirn  (22nd June 1899 – 12th December 1980) One of seven children born and raised at Caiseal, Mickey was nurtured in a strong local music…

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