Phonsie Ward (1914 – 1993)

(2nd January 1914 – 12th November 1993) Alfonsus or Phonsie, was born in An Charraig on 2nd January 1914. From a young age he developed a love for…

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Paddy Boyle (c.1865 – 1951)

Paddy Boyle was born and raised in the townland of Coillte Feannaid some time in the mid 1860’s. As a young player he was influenced by both Anthony…

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John McGinley (1892 – 1980)

(23rd July 1892 – 25th May 1980) John, better known as John Phadaí Chonchobhair, was regarded very highly as a fiddler both in his own townland of Mín…

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John Gillespie

John (Johnny Mhuiris) grew up in Mín an Draighin in the 1920s, a period when the local tradition was particularly strong. He may have been influenced by his…

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Anthony O’Byrne (1927-2001)

Anthony Hiúdai Byrne (1927-2001)

(18th February 1927 – 30th October 2001) Anthony Hiudaí was the eldest child of Paddy Hiudaí and Kate of Mín na Croise. Although leaving home at fourteen years…

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Condy McGinley (1873 – 1946)

Condy McGinley & James Patrick Boyle

(c.1873 – 13th January 1946) Condy, or Condy Beag was the son of Condy and Bridget (nee McNelis), a lilter who married into Mín na Croise from a…

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Paddy Carr (d.1953)

Although he was born and reared in the townland of Lairg an Breac in the parish of Ard an Ratha, Paddy, a fiddler was strongly associated with local…

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Patrick O’Byrne (1896 – 1967)

(26th June 1896 – 30th May 1967) Patrick (Paddy Hiudaí O’Byrne) of Mín na Croise, a first cousin of Con McGinley was born in 1896, the same year…

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Paddy Gillespie (1914 – 1992)

(6th January 1914 – 22nd November 1992  Paddy (Paddy Dhónail), a fiddle player, was married to Maggie McGinley, also from Mín na Croise. They had seven children together,…

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Con McGinley (1915 – 2013)

CON McGINLEY (16th July 1915 -)

(16th July 1915 – October 2013) Con, son of Condy, grew up at a time when the music tradition of Mín na Croise and Gleann Cholmcille was particularly…

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