Frank McHugh (1924 – 2019)

(5th July 1924 – 4th February 2019) In his youth, Frank McHugh learned much of his fiddle playing from Peter Cunningham of An Seanach, a fiddler who Frank…

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Patrick Gillespie (b. 1917)

Patrick Gillespie

(b. 1st January 1917) Paddy, or Paddy Phroinsias, was born and reared at Gort an Luain, an area located between the townlands of Cionn na Coilleadh and Suidheamh….

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Johnny Boyle (1888 – 1968)

(6th June 1888 – 10th October 1968) Johnny Boyle of An Bhráid Íochtarach is remembered locally as a very fine fiddle player. Though he lived all his adult…

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James Lyons

James Lyons

  James, the son of Eohgan Lyons and Catherine Gildea was born and reared at An Gaineamh, Gleann Cholmcille. James learned his trade of shoemaking from his father,…

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Paddy O’Gara (1921 – 1994)

Paddy O'Gara

(1921 – 13th October 1994) ‘I remember one night at a dance in Glen in a hall they call the Spink hall, do you know I played with…

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Paddy O’Gara (Snr) (1800s)

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It is believed that Paddy O’Gara was the first of the clan to set up home in Mín na bhFachrán sometime in the early nineteenth century. Originally from…

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James McNelis (1917 – 1996)

(26th March 1917 – 10th June 1996) James McNelis or Jamie Johnny Mhicí as he was known locally was a melodeon player from the townland of Srath Laoill…

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Mick Carr (1896 – 1975)

(5th May 1896 – 30th March 1975) Mick Carr, a fiddle and melodeon player from Mín an Aoire was regarded as one of the most influential musicians in…

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Pádraig Carr (1946 – 2006)

(16th March 1946 – 5th July 2006) Pádraig, the youngest child of Mick and Mary Carr, played the melodeon for as long as he could remember. As a…

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Pádraig Molloy (1936 – 2016)

(17th March 1936 – 31st March 2016) Pádraig, son of Barney and grandson of Bríanaí Mór, was born at Mín na Chearrbhaigh on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1936. He…

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