l.. • 'r SamJla ln /No llaig , 1970. 2 TREOIR Death of Well-known Irish Musician AN APPRECIATlON When I saw Leo Rowsome 's photograph The late Leo Rowsome, who became a legend in his time as one of Ireland's fore- in the paper I thought it was a develop- most exponents of the Ullleann pipes, was of Wexford ·stock and learned his piping ment of a news-item on a mid-week edition in Wexford tradition. concerning the conferring on him of the His grandfather, John , was one of Irelang's greatest pipers and lived at Ballintore, new membership badge of Comhaltas near Ferns, He passed the tradition to his three sons: Tom , Wi lliam and Johnny. Ceoltdiri Eireann, being a founder member These three sons moved to Dublin and Wliliam, Leo's father , married a Wexford of that organisation , But I was dismayed girl , a Murphy from Boolavogue, Tom to discover that this " one' of the old bri- came to Dub lin and worked in the Corpo- gade" is one no longer, having typica lly "King of the Pipers" ration, while Johnny left Dublin and emi- gone to his rest in the way he would have grated to Canada. chosen-in the middle of the work he So it was as a ch il d that Leo Rowsome loved and fostered-indeed , during his (By SEAMUS 0 MATHUNA) picked up his music from his father who, adjudication of " The Fiddler of Dooney " " Leo Rowsome is dead. " That was the as we ll as listening to his father , had taken compet ition. iJrief message in the late news of the " In- lessons from a German musician who once It was good in recent years to note that dependent," Monday , September 21st. Leo lived in Ferns , many of the " pioneers" and worke rs who had died in Rive rstown, Co , Sligo, where There is no need to name out the sponso red and supported so many of our 1e 1 was adjudicat ing in the " Fiddle r of achievements of the late Leo Rowsome long -dead Feisea nna in the olden days , Dooney " competition. Yes , the " King of because his name is a household one. were again to t he fore in th e " new " or- the Pipers" had gone t o his reward in His tunes bore the stamp of a great ganisations like An Comhaltas, harne ss , musician and craftsman. : Many , many people in Co , Wexford will I first met Leo when he played on a recall Leo ' s smiling face on our stages pra ctice bag and chanter in the old home But the music of Le o Rowsome will live during Fe is concerts and other Gael ic en- at Harold 's Cross . His father, William , was on be~ause Lean Ro wsome , eld.est .son of tertain ments, and, after all, we did have a r, et alone one of Irel and's g reatest pipe the gra at pipe r, has been given the crafts big claim on him; he stole away a lady mskers- a craft which he passed on to his fathe r had , from Taghm on. Leo--h e was also a top class piper and A!so possessed with his father's gen ius It 's difficult to belie ve that Leo was , as fiddler. Sam, the eldest, was the family :s the next son Liam, who is an expert the pape r says , "about 70," for he was re presentative in those days and back in i'dd ler. In add ition , Helena and Olivia , always so full of the joy of life and, as I've 1913 or 19 14 he stayed with our family in Leo Rowsome's tw in daughters , are gifted said , so identified himse lf with the present Mitchelstow n when, at my fathe r's invita- ;nu sic ians and have the same love for the day movements as well as the old times, ti on, he played ther e at a Concert. Sam Jld trad it ions as their late father . I have no qualifications to comment on V Jas a piper in the Rowso me trad ition , as Mrs. He lena Rowsom e, w ife of the great Leo's Qerf orm an ce as a piper-none , let was a younger b:'other Tom, but unlike Leo piper, is also partly responsible fo r the me say, beyound recalling the many enjoy- neither Sam no r Tom took up music pro- music of he r children , because she was able programmes of, literally , hundreds of fessiona lly . formerly Miss He lena Will iams from Tagh- pieces which he had collected and played The first big occas io n in our lives was man , who are a well-known ta lented fa- during his many years of dedicat ion t o wh3n we met in Enn iscorthy in 1924 where m':y . Her brother , Tommy, is a fine mu- Ir ish music . we were adjudicating in the Tradit ional sic ian. Mrs. Rowsome has another sister, SAD WEEK-END Ir ish Music se ction . However, the memory Mrs . O'Ro urke , who lives at Glenville Hse ., It is sad to realise that the same that re mai ns with me of that occasion was :n Wexford . week·end also brings news of the not of the competitions, or the Celebrity At the fune ral of Leo Rowsome the death of another musician of the old Conc ert, but of a mu si c session in my Pre sident , Mr. de Valera, wa s represented, Gaelic tradition, Jim Whelan of Plerce- bedroo m at th e ho tel surrounded by mu- 'C s were all the Irish as sociat ions in the town, who was as keen and dedicated si ci ans an d among a very representative coun try There were people from Equity a performer on the fiddle as Leo Row- audience the two ·1 shall always remember " nd the College of Music, some was on the pipes. were William Rowsome and Andy McCann , Donal 0 Dubhd a, a piping colleague of I should thin k two such musicians would Wex ford's ou tsta nd ing piper from Camol in. l.eo Rowsome play€d a lament: " The La- receive a hearty welcome at the Golden Later we had a session upstairs at Har- m:'"t of Stakler Wallace ," and the grave- Gates , and, no doubt, they are already p;.' rs and the re for the first time I met the side oration was given by Labhras 0 getting together a group for a Ceili Band great Luke Ke lly of Aughrim . I can tell Murchu , Stiurtho ir of Comhaltas. up there; for I don 't believe Pa ra di " e could you that " The Bunch of Keys" ( or " Cro- Before his death Leo Rowsome had been be Paradise to these great exponents of nin's Favourite" ) , " The Salamanca ," "Ra- ;omp; ling a book of all the tunes he knew traditional music if they can't get into a kish Paddy, " "The Swallow's Tail " and ior pub lic ation, He never finished it, but corner to play and swop a few tunes-and " The Flogg ing Ree l" got it hot and heavy his wife , Helena, says she will. It should tell us a few stories on the side. that day. be a fitting tribute to Ireland's great piper. -A MEMBER OF MANY AUDIENCES Leo and I adjudicated on a number of occas ions at Fe is Cerman and those early days in Enniscorthy are the ones that re- main most vivid in my memory , However, it was in the Summer of 1928 we had our most memorable tour - Leo , Neilus Croinin ad I, under the guidance of Seamus 0 Se , Tigh na mBan , Beal Atha 'n Ghaorthaigh , was our base , and from there we moved out each evening , driven by Seamus. We had feasts of music in Ballingeary, Inchagrela , Macroom , Coolea and Bantry , and though the fame of the All-Ireland Trio might be short lived- Neilus Croinin, Pipe Major of Volunteer Pipers ' Band , Cork , champion of the War Pipes, Uilleann Pipes and Concert Flute , departed this life in 1930-the memory of those days lives on among lovers of Irish music who still survive . Leo is gone but still lives in that he has passed the Rowsome tradition t6 his son . Our sympathy goes out to Helena and the family . That house of music in Belton Park Road will be one piper less, but if they havn't pipes in heaven-and who knows but they may have-then Leo will find a bag and chanter and drones somewhere, because wherever Leo is there there is bound to be pipe playing. Ar dheis Itlimh LEO ROWSOME (centre) as a young man, pictured with NEILUS CRONIN and Ri an Domhain go ra ibh Ri na bPiobairi. SEAMUS 0 MATHUNA. Samhal n/ No ll ai g . 1970. TREOIR 3 Ta Leo Vasal bn:ithe Uainn Just one week before he· died LEO ROWSOME, as a founder member of Comhaltas, was presented with the new Comhaltas emblem at a function in the Pipers' Club, Thomas St., Baile Atha C/iath. Above is the presentation by LABHRAS 0 MURCHU, watched by PADDY McELVANEY and JOHN KEENAN. -zgp • . W& & OU could say it was a typical Pipers ' Club night; and leaving aside flut e. After a few test-blows he nodded Y the fact that we started at about 7 o'clock and were treated to a approval-"a good His style was assett led into more reels . one" -and then crisp " hospitality " - in full measure and repeated several times over - that and " Iilty" as ever-surely this style of just about sums it up . It had all the cordiality and banter, all the music flute Playing is the most attractive of all, and atmosphere , of a typical " good night at the Pipers," and because of and John Joe has few, if any , equals even all that it was the most memorable and the most enjoyable "Official though he seldom plays now, having one , his own instrument, a very beautiful lost Function " we have seen in years . at a FJ!ladh some years ago . Tomas P. a Diompsai gh a chuir t us leis all very enjoyable but no less significant Paddy O'Brien was there, too , complete na h·imeachtai , agus ni raibh se ro fhada for that. and for the record Cork's own with box ; Micheal a hAlmhain , Micheal ag teacht go chro i an scei!. Dhein se cur Micheal 0 Lochlain got every word of it Mac Aogain, the G lackins, Donal 0 Dubhda sios ar bhun u agus fas an Chomhaltais. down on tape, and some of the music and Liam Glennon were all in great form . Mhinig se dhuinn conas mar a tharla gur afterwards , too. Kit and Maire made everyone welcome , shdchruig C.C.E. suimbol nua a thoghadh. Criostoir, Ernie Lane, John Keenan , and Manus and Eamonn saw to it that no Chuir se dearthoir an chomhartha nua- Paddy McElvanny , Tom Mac Eoin , Paddy one wa nted a bite or sup, Seosamh 0 Domhnaill as Cathair na Gail- MacKenna , Ger. Tuohy, Paddy Reil/y, stal- TRADITION LIVES ON limhe- in aithne dhuinn. warts of the Pipers ' Club , were all to the Four young fiddlers from the Club's Toma s the n introduced two men who, fore, keeping the night's fun running c lass came up, shyly but confidently, to Indeed , needed no introduction , two men smo othly . shOw what they could do; truly they were who had been close to the heart and to a cred it to their teacher, Sean Keane, and the work of Comhaltas since the days of AS GOOD AS EVER gave us heart-warming assurance that the its found ation, 20 years ago: Paddy MeEI- If this night was to uiher in a new era, tradition lives on . vanny and Leo Rowsome . Just six days it also reassured us that none of the es- Upsta irs , the ever-charming lad ies of the later Leo , great piper, gentle quiet exact- sentials had changed . The music was as Club , Mrs. McElvaney, Rita, Mrs. MacEoin , ing man, was to pass on ar shli na firinne. good as ever we heard ; Tommy Peoples ' Mairead , Mrs. MacWh in ney, Mrs. Hennessy, That night at the Pipers, he was, as al- pl ay ing real Donegal stuff in his own in- Mrs. Harrington and company danced at- ways, quiet , qu ick witted , unassuming with imitable style . Sean Keane and Mick tendance , whilst we sampled cakes, pies ready smile and twinkling eye as the many a 'Connor had a non-stop two hour session and sandwiches just like mother used to familiar faces gathered for the night's en- of tunes so old that most of us had never make them . Bi ag caint faoi nua gacha tertai nment. Solas na bhfla itheas dod anam heard them before; meanwhile in the front bia and sean gacha di! uasal, a lea. room John Jde Gardiner and his sister, The reels were still flying when we left Labhras was there , of course , to present Kathleen (Harrington) , with Breandan at at two o'clock; and by all accounts the Our new symbol to Paddy and leo, and get the piano , were rolling out those flambouy- session wen t on for many hours mor e-a in a typical focal misnig h agus griosta. ant Sligo reels . When they paused for a typical night at the Pipers' Club . Tomas came in for a focal scoir. It was breat her I offered John Joe my concert -FE AR FAI R E . 4 TREOIR Sam hain/ No llaiQ . 1970 . Comhaltas Library Ttle Co . Monaghan Librarian, Ma irtin Mac Caba, pai d a visit to London where he examined the methods adopted at the English Folk Music Library at Cecil Sharpe House, Regent 's Park, THE INITIATIVE OF YOUTH The dec ision to hold Fleadh Cheoil na I place for £5 per week and a £100 on the Co mh altas Ceoltoiri Eireann are endeav- ouring to acquire premises in Dublin to set up a library containing books on Irish hEirean n in Listowel early on th is year pre- twelfth week . mu sic , folklore and ta pes of old tunes. sen ted many problems to Muintir Dundeal- Practical ly al l the children in the branch There will also be included a shop to dis- gan . Fore most amongst these was finance. acted as pr omoters. The officers of t he play and sell reco rds , tapes and musical Because of th e long d istance , overnight fund were: Aine Ni Chinneide, Proinnsias instruments to the public at a reasonable ac commodat ion became es senti al for all o Dufa igh , Peadar Mac Ardhghaill. The pri ce; as well as a workshop fo r the manu- the Dundalk Qualifiers. Inc l·uded among work was carried out under the supervising facture of Ui llean n pipes, a craft wh ich is these were four Ceili Bands, duets , trios eye of Col man Cushenan , the only ad ult largely dying out. and solo compe ti tors- in all a party of branch member involved . more than 60 people trave lling to the All Ireland Fleadh. Sixty people and a week- The fu nd real ise d c lose on £200 profit. CAPTION COMPETITION end at Flead h Cheoil na hE irea nn adds up Res ults of the £5 week ly draws were : Mrs . . to a lot of money, and indeed in some Mc Eneaney , 27 O'Han lon Par k, Dundalk; The winner of ou r last competition was in stances , hardship on parents . Mrs . Brady, 13 Market St ., Dunda lk; Miss 9-year-old 'Pol Mac Eochagain, Coill na Gera ld ine Sloan, 24 St. Al phonsus Ave., Feadha, Baile Ua Lachtnain . Sean Cill , Co. Lack of finance in branch funds to Dundalk ; Mrs . O' Hare , 2 Mu lholland Ave Atha Cliath . Pol's entry was: " Lay that assist in defraying costs sparked off . Dunda lk; Mrs. Cunningham , 77 Fr. Murray whistle down , babe." Congratulations, Pol, a working spirit of self initiative in Pa rk, Dundal k; Mrs. Hogan , 10 Legion Ave ., and watch our for that postman - he'll the minds of the young people in the Dundalk ; Mr. P. Mu lholland, McCann 's have your £2 prize very soon . branch_ Bakery , Church St. , Du nd alk; Mr. P. J . Acting on this in iti at ive they con ven ed Duffy, 34 Fr. Murray Pk ., Dundalk ; Mr. Jack a meeting of all Juniors , formed a com- Kissane , Harmon's Pri ory, Dundalk; Kath- ·I MUSIC FOR THE HARP ',l ittee and opened a fund to defray Fleadh leen Smith , Ballynabarn ish , Templepatrick expenses . A fund-raising scheme , named Co . Antrim; Miss Dymphna McArdle 10 St: A col lection of music for the harp has "' Th e 300 Club" was introduced. -It involved Ronan 's Tc e., Dundalk ; and th e fin~1 draw been published by Nancy Calthorpe , 18 , acquiring 300 members subscribing 2 / - per · for £100 was won by Mrs. Kathleen Mat- I U~per Fi tzwill iam St ., Baile Atha Cliath 2. week for 12 weeks. A weekly draw took ! thews , SI. Brigid 's Terrace , Dundalk. i Price , 8/ -. ••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••• •••• • . 1 Classes For CHAMPION DANCER AND ATHLETE ",-, • • • , a r • • Step-dancing and ath let ics are two Traditional Music pas times that one does not us·ually asso- ciate-and part icularly for a girl. Yet, 17- Thanks to the initiative and efforts of the yea r-old Ann Ali en ( on left). Garden City , Gorey branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Gorey , has d ist ingu is hed herself in both . Eirea nn upwa rds of eighty children and Ann , who is daughter of Mr. and Mrs . adults are learni ng to play traditional mu si- John Alie n, is one of North Wexford 's most cal instruments at classes which began sucr. essful Ir ish step -dancers. To-date she in the Christian Brothers' Primary School , has won a to tal of 17-5 medals for step- Gorey , recently . dancin g. plus 33 cups, 4 plaques and nu- The classes were held for the first time · merous cer ti ficates . One of her produest last year, and were so successful t hat they · momeot s in her ten years of step-dancing have been cont inued thi s year. Instruction through out Lei nster an d Munste r came is be ing given in the play ing of three in- wh en, at the age of 15 she won four ce r- strum ents- the t in whistle , fiddle 'Ind ac· tific ates fo r dan c ing at the Fat he r Matthew cordeon. Feis in Dub lin-a rea lly outstanding per- Mr. MichClel Le acy , Chair man of the Go· formance . .rey branch of Comhaltas, organisers of th e Wh il e Ann is equ ally proficient at all classes , said th ere was such a demand fo r Irish dances, she has a speCial liking fo r instruction in t he playing of the three in- the ree l. It was her uncle, Mr. Tommy struments fro m all over North Wexford Roche , We xford , a former Leinster cham - that they had dec id ed to hold classes at pion , who tau gh t Ann to dance , and she vario us cen tres throughout the area. rema ins a member of his dancing school Sa id Mr. Leacy: " We had so many ap- -the Roche Sc hoo l of Dancing . plications for instruction from the Craan- ford area that we intend to hold special A pas t-pupil of Loreto Abbey, Gorey , Ann classes in t he local school t here . is now a stu dent of Gorey Vocational " We are also organis ing class es in ' School where she is undergoing a com- Oul ar t, Tara Hill and Bal lycanew , and we , mercia l course . She is a very prominent hope to get them under way in the near : membe r of the Gorey branch of C.C.E. and future. con i r ibu ted step-dancing numbers to all " The interest shown by both ch ild ren . the ir Irish nights in Courtown Harbour dur- and ad ults in lea rning to play our traditional ing t he summer season . mus ic is most encouraging , and we hope Over the past few years she has tak en that interest will cont in ue . It is only in part in all the cabaret shows presented by this way that ou r tradit ion al music can be Gorey C.C.E., and in 1967 won the award preserved and promoted ." . for the best solo-dancer in the Co . Wex- In Gorey, inst ruction in the tin whistle is ; fo rd Scoraiocht champ ionships . So much being given by Messrs . Michael Leacy and I for An n's step-dancing achieveme nts. his son , Sean , and they also give instruc- I In athletics. Ann Alien has won more tion in the playing of the fiddle . Messrs. I than 20 medals, apart from some cups Tommy Kennedy and Tony Crehan are I 1'_ and cert ificates. A mem ber of Gorey giving instructions in the pl aying of the accordeon . 1~ .~ ~'.' I Athl etic and Cycling Club , she spec ialises in sprint and ju mp ing even ts. Samhain/Nollaig , 1970 . TREOIR 5 •________________________ FLEADH -Members of the Coventry Shannon Ceili Band give an impromptu performance in Listowel. DINNEAR LAIGHIN ARIS IPRESENTATION '~_,~-------------4 TO FR. AHERN . . . ., . I At a function in the Clarence Hotel, Liverpool Dinner ...lhe Lelnster Provincial. Council s third Baile Atha Cliath , Comhaltas presented e Annual Dlnnerl Slamsa Will b~ held on Waterford Glass Centre-Piece and a cheque The 4th Annual Dinne r of th e Liv erpoo l Sunday, 29th November, 1970, In the Gr?- to Fr. Pat Ahern, Producer of the Fleadh vllle .Arms, Hotel , Mulllngar. This year s Nua in Croke Park, in recognition of his Branch was held at the St rand Hotel. 168 fu nct ion Will Include a short Cabaret. services to the organisation . people sat down to a good din ner, whi ch Tickets may be had from Katherine \ The presentation was made by Seamas was followed by one of the greatest ses- Mu llally, C.C. E., Mullingar. de Brun , Uachtaran, and Paddy McElvaney, Cisteoir. sions of music ever heard in Liverpoo l. The Branch was very proud to welcome sllch a wonderful delegation from Ireland which included Labhras 0 Murchu, John Keenan , Paddy McElvaney , Don nchadh o Muineacain , Tony Smith , Diarma id 0 Cathain. Ch arlie and She ila Lennon . and Kit Hodge . Other guests of honour included that well-k nown duet from London . Liam Far- rei and Raymond Rowland, who are ol d fr iends of the Liverpool branch ; and John Hynes , Chairman of the Provincia l Coun - I cil. As well as many solo and duet items the re were a few great sessions , with all I the musicians joining forces . Ot her musicians present were Kathlee n Lawr ie ( her mother had left her fiddle at home as she reckoned that she had earned a night off!), John Ferguson , Mau - reen Dwyer, Barry Hunter. A great display of dancing was given by Donn chadh , accompanied on the fiddl e by Tony ; and Sheila Lennon gave a fine exa mple of traditional singing , Th e dinner over-flowed into a week·end which had a wealth of music never before Ag deanamh ceol I gContae an Chlair-part of the Traditional Music Class of 84 heard on Merseyside. It was with sad students who attended the Ennls Technical School during the Season. The hea rts that the guests were seen off on Teacher, Breandan Mac M· thuna. is Chairman of the Clare Co. Board. Well a Sund ay evening and already people here attended Classes were also held at Toonagh , Miltown. Scarlff, Gortbothfarna, are recording that it will be only 300 days Connolly and Kilnamona. The Toonagh Class hotds pride of place In the County 'till the next dinner. 6 TREOIR Samhai n/Nol laig . 1970. E ' ENON ! FLE1\l':DH· C OIL A PH:" NO'M . ' HE , I EMERGENCY " An emergency situation has now arrived "FLEADH CHEOIL na hEireann is a phenomenon in itself . Its aims which if ?iscussed truthfully and wit~?ut . t' It I are s t rlC IY C~ ura an a d II t 'h ' " f th e .en ergles 0 . . I . _ Cl. ny glossing over: could have a unit ing e or~anlsl~g commit effect on the various camps of opin ion " tees have been directed towards this end, but by accident It has also Wllich have existed since the Civil War. I become a big commercial concern. " refer to our impending entry to the E.E.C . ' . It is an accepted fact that nothing unites Th is ' was stated by Labhras 0 Murchu, I :J fa mi ly more tha n a crisis and the same National President of Combaltas, when he , -" r.; pl ies .to a country, and that is why offi cia lly opened the 1970 Fleadh Cheoil na I revolution is often projected as a remedy hEireann . fer so many ills . But there are many kinds "' As a resul t of this accidental develop- E men t''' ...he continued, " the number , and of revo lutions and our entry into the uro- standard:of conipetitdr'sis o!i'en' overlooked pean Co mmun ity would certainly be one of and what. could be described as a hlinor these. miracle of olfr _ Hme goes ,..almost '··unrecor- "11 tlie problems involiledare de- .ded :' The fad is tliat traditional Irish music , monstrated to be problems for the song 'and dance, which could easily' be Ir~sh people and not just for the Go- t he domain ofa setect few, has becpme V2mment; il the probable . conseQuen- the property o.f all ,,~the pe opi'e. an.d , i~ an G~S of E:E.C. membership were ex- in dication ' of ,.what can be achieved , even , praine d In .te rms of the individUal or . when the ' odds :.wol'lld ' seem to be against of a rocal community, a spirit 01 it. If things which are ~o trad!tional can become' a popular pursuit and Inspire the involve ment which exists in this field then t here is' no' iustification · for a' defeatist. ·ah " ... titude in the matte r of national language MARTIN. BYRNES Winner of the Senior Fiddle Competition al.Fleadh CheoiJ na hEireann in Listowel. ::::=:: 2:: =: : : :: : ::: : and the nat ional aims in general." He comme nted : " Patriotism means many things to many pedple, but if we accept a cooperat! on " nd determination could simple and true definition-love of country be achieved which could surpass even -we can find much common ground for the War of Independence, co -operation. But if patriotism puts party " Th e E.E.C, will undoubted ly be a dis- POlitiCS before c~un t ry , or short term poli- I GOv ernment of our own led to the withering cussion and speech mater ial fo r som e t ime cles before consistency, or insular out/ook i et grass-root in volvem~nt in the. att~inment to come but if the con tributi ons to the before reality, then there IS need for a of the revolutionary alms . A Situation de- debate are not aut hor ita tiv e and directed frank an d open re-assessment of what we v"o p" d wll ere peop le criticised the Govern- towards the peop le in general they would the Irish people want. " ~~ n t for lack of determination in pursuing be less than use less - they may be de- the full realisation of Tone's and Pearse's struct ive . We depe d on th e Government SIMPLE AND SINCERE phi losophy . The Gover,nmen~ felt that .their and inst itut ion s of Government to supply " The patriotism which existed in years progress was in keeping with the Will of the leadersh ip and information on thiS ~Ital gon e by was simple and sincere and was the people . The resu lt has been, to say step and its consequences for the nation . ob served in a stri ct manner. It was clearly th e least of it . frustrating and accounts for No one wou ld seriou sly suggest that the definab le - pursuit of territorial freedom , t he lack of popular leadership which is Gove rnment wou ld deliberately set out to followed by a system of Government which evident to-day. I do not refer to a political endange r wh at was so dearly wo~, .It is, woul d best represent the character tradi- leadership , but a type of leadership which however, possible that with the Priority of t ions and bel iefs of the people . ' woud influence the general population in enonomics in thi s direction and the exten- a un ited manne r to strive for a re-vitalised sive nature of negotiations that m.at~ers I " The impetus and guidance for this n"tion al identity." I whic h are less obvious, such as dlstm,c- philosophy came from men and wo- tiveness and its maintenance could easily men of courage and determination, " Th is work to a large degree has been be overlooked . For this reason the many who had nothing to gain personally left to vol untary organisations with Govern - bod ies which concern themselves in cultu- but everything to lose. From this sac- ment involvement on an abstract bas is. ral- and indeed spiritual-matters are of rificial position grew a patriotism These organisations find themselves very vita l importance in the major transition which was pure' to the extreme, but often in conflict with State institut ions even wh ich faces us and should be utilised to which required a revolutionary atmos. though theoretically both are working the fu llest. Their contribution must of phere to maintain it." towards the same end . This is undoubted- necessity be li mited until such time as they " After territorial freedom was secured ly a post revolutionary situation wh ich has are brought into the confidence df those in this part of the country many of the been allowed to continue and which wa s at the helm and can enter into the atmos- leaders who surv ived devoted their ener- agg ravated by the fact that part of the phere of this new challenge . gies toward building up and consolidating national territory remained to provide a a political structure , and the cultural move- revo lutionary platform in the other part of SINCE 1951 ment (which had been so closely linked the country . These two situations in such As we in Comhaltas have , since 1951- with the military one) was left partially clos e proximity to each other-and in fact been active in the cultural field with a large incapacitated . On top of this, the belief fusing together at times-were bound to degree of success , we are keenly con- that all was now saved since we had a c reate con fusion. cerned w it h the emergency situation which Sarnha i n/No l laig , 1970. TREOIR 7 ----- - -- - - -- - AN INTERNATIONAL GATHERING I op'en my front doo r at 1 a,m, and look ~ I SO detected a need for ba ll ad sessions remo te from noise as well as a cry ing ou t ou t on the crowded street. The weather l or frE) sh balladry-one ballad widely sung is mi ld and the sky full of stars, "'h: ch had to do with the ineyitaple I am quietly greeted by the Vallely bro- (hatche d co ttage, I detest . As I am also thers of Armagh , one of whom, a brilliant not a little sated with " Lough She'e fi n Side ," mode rn painter , carries a bl ack box , which " Tha Rocks of Bawn" and " Buacha rllin when opened at my request is seen to , DC:1 n," I reco mm end a fuller exploration co ntain a set of Uilleann pipes, His wife of .he Fr. Wa lsh co ll ections; ·-there will be found such so ngs as " Th e Horseman of BRY AN McMAHON Dunrone " and " The Green Woods of Slew" AN GHAE ILGE ta kes a fidd le from its case ; as a concer- At the Prize-w inners ' Concert bhi an tina sh ru gs out oi velvet recesses there Ghaei :ge a la bhairt go tuigh ar gach taobh begins on my windowsill a session as diom . Some of the speakers spoke Irish authenti c as could be found in Ireland: An wi th an American or Eng lish accent. Across Bhuachaill Caol Dubh , Sliabh na mBan, Se the crowded hall a man shouted at me: Falll Mo Bhuartha, Na Connarys , Donal " Seo fea r 0 Mhosco na Ruise; nach fada Og, Amhran na Leabhar, Sl iabh Geal gCua a bha.ile a thainig se ch un ar gceol feinig and many other tunes are played , a Cllloisint? " On stage Dundalk Comhaltas We are joined by lads from Keady and c ame in fo r loud app lause . The lilting Dundalk, a computer . expert from New es pecial ly delighted me as d id a green-clad York, a professor from a major seminary girl playing superbly on a tin-whistle. As the bodhran sou nded in the streets outside ,I couldn't help think ing that I've who enraptures the nodule of people with seen almost all the submus ic revived - a rendition of An Cuilfhionn on his fiddle; bodhran, bones, tongs, spoons, comb and Paddy Tunney, singer and Iilter from Let- paper, even the back of a handsaw re- terkenny , a Senior Counsel or two, the sponding to a fiddle bow-all except the Cha irman of a Government Commission , ivy leaf which was used with such poignant a pair of Bretons , the wife of a Minister of effect in the John Hume TV feature on State , the ca rtoo nist of a daily newspaper, Derry City . Tim Danaher, my several sons and hun- h I . aven 't seen the RTE film as yet so I dreds of others, all of whom are bound don't know what to expect. If it concen- together by the spell of indigenous music. trates on bizarre individuals and relegates Astonishingly the town turned up with the music to the background it will be 1,200 beds , a co-operative Urban Council about as valid as a film on the All-Ireland staff mopped up effectively in the early Final which concentrates on favour sellers morning hours , cohorts of boys with bi- and ignores the game . cycle trailers collected bottles (nothing Disorder is dramat ic! Order is notl The engenders trouble more than broken glass) man who thinks he must drain a flagon the well -lighted camping ground in the while lying on the roadway makes a good Town Park had runn ing water and latrines, picture, but one that needs balanCing. It the weather was good , the sessions were is also salutary to consider that the num- fruitfu l, there was no traffic death , the ber of . people attending a Fleadh is tran- Gardai operated the delightfu l law of sientlyas large as that of a major city and SEAM US MAC CON ULADH minimal intrusion and the week-end did that it would be a brave mayor who would with • • _ of the • • • _ • • • (left) • • • •some • • • • _ Festival•participants ••• ~4 not include a bank holiday . vouch fiJr the absolute piety of each of his citizens on any given day. FLEADH A PHENOMENON COMPETITIONS DEEP TRADITIONS All day long too I wandered from hall to Meanwhile, I am glad that my native faces this nation . We have expressed our hall noting the casual and almost indolent views and, more important still, our sug- town by expending organisational sweat g race of the competitors and the rapt faces has brought it off. The Fleadh is some- gestions to the Government and we are of the aficionados. The eagerness to at- awaiting their reaction . thing spontaneously welling up from the tend the competitions for Ceili Bands sur- deep traditions of the Irish people and as "Our stand has not been on the prised me , as did the realisation that the pros. and cons. of membership, but such is worth a s.core of artificially-seeded younger generation is coming of musical festivals . It is an occasion that merits we have concentrated on the dangers age. of the forthcoming debate In so far as appreciation on' a wide international level. Interested in ballads, I heard a Napole- Ta suil agam go mairfidh an Fhleadh go time will pass In this exercise and the onic song I had not heard before . But I brath! grave necessity of preparation, If we •••••••••••••• T •••••••••••••• •• are to enter, will be unfulfilled. FLEADH CHEOIL WINNERS " This would be a catastrophe of greater dimensions than any which has befallen the Irish nation. We will find ourselves In an unprotected and unknown situation if we are too short-sighted to equip ourselves for it. There must be leadership now and that leadership must come from the Government. " Events like the Fleadh Cheoil have helped to strengthen the fibre of our identity and will continue to do so. The results of these functions are very often taken for granted . It is of course much easier to knock than to build and there will always be a degree of sacrifice in- volved for those who follow a positive and responsible line as opposed to cynicism. The local comm ittee of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Listowel are deserving of the highest praise, and society is lucky to have such men and women of their calibre. They have given their time and talents willingly for the betterment of the com- munity and while they do not seek praise Eillsh O'Connor, Patrlck Street, and Enda King, The Laurels, Dund;~lk. their motives and endeavours deselve who were first In the under-11 duet at the AII·lreland Fleadh recognition. We in Comhaltas toast them at Llstowel _ Enda was also first In the under-11 solo accordeon. as present day patriots." - l e c aoin-chead an " Dundalk Democrat " 8 TREOIR Sa mhain/No lla ig , 1970. FROM THE BOTTLE TO THE FIDDLE "Delighted to Join (By FINIAN) The very name Crehan is synonomous with Irish traditional music and , therefore, one would not greet the news that "another young Crehan is the Movement"-P.P. playing music " with any great surprise . But the truth is that eight young " Singing the praises of Irish cult-ure to Crehans are not alone playing music but are making quite a name for the people of Glenflesk may seem like themselves in this field . preaching to the converted , but we are delighted to join the movement," said Very The eight young musicians, who are chil- Crehan. are Dermot. Kieran . Claire , Con or, Rev. T. Moore , P.P., at the formation of a dren of another fine musician, Vincent FlOnnula , Terence , Cormac, and Shane. branch of Comhaltas Cedltoiri Eireann in ------_._._.--.----------------------- And a further surprise - there are two Glenflesk recently. more , Daragh and Niall, even though very Co. Board Secretary, Maire Bean Ui Another For Nora yo ung , who are also showing signs of musical abil ity. h-Ice, Kilgarvan , outlined the objects of the organisation and expressed the opinion Talented Toomevara ballad singer Nora " When their mother takes them off the that the Glenflesk branch would become Butler added another All-Ireland medal to bottle she puts them on the fiddle," re- t he strongest in the county. her growing collection when she competed marked one ne ighbour. Bean Ui h-Ice presented the newly elec- at the All-I reland Fleadh Cheoil at Listowel Maybe not quite that scion but they all ted chairman , Oenis Spillane, N.T., with and won the senior ballad sect ion for the started to play at approximately six years " Sciath Leach Sna"-a trophy presented second year in succession . of age . The ir uncle , Junior Crehan , plays annually to the school frdm Kerry gaining " I need not say how delighted I was ," the fidd le and this had a big influence on the highest aggregate number of marks Nora told me recently as she reflected the ir choice of instrument. Every summer at the county Fleadh Cheoil. her mind on the highly successful Fleadh they spent the ir holidays in the home of Reacht ai re na Mumhan, Diarmuid 0 and for her another victorious and enjoy- trad itiona l mus ic, West Clare. with their Cathain , Lixnaw , gave an account of the able week-end in Kerry. Grannie, who played concert ina and whis- progress made by Comhaltas in recent Twenty-year-old Nora has already won tle; and in Jun ior's house, where every- years. Speaking of relations between fame in many counties , through her perfor- body played an instrument or two : Junior. Comhaltas and the mass media, he said mances at fleadhanna and appearances fiddle , concertina , whistle; Tony, accor- there was room for more traditional pro- on television . deon and mouth-organ ; Angela, Ita, Marga- gramm _es on radio and television . He ret-p iano and whistle; and Pat, whistle criticised sound radio for allowing estab- FIRST CUP an d mouth-organ . All this helped the young lished traditional programmes in the past Crehans considerably in developing their twelve months to be used as " plugs" for love of Irish music , style of playing and of commercial groups who had no part to cdurse , their repertoire. ' play in Irish traditional music. The follow ing officers were elected: COMHAL TAS IN MIL TOWN MALBAY Patron , Very Rev . T. Moore, P.P.; President , While on holidays they became members Rev. T. Houlihan , C.C.; Chairman, Denis of Comhaltas in Miltown Malbay and com- Spillane, N.T.; Vice-Chairman , Colm 0'00' peted in fleadhanna at Enn is, Miltown nog hue ; Secretary, Donncha Spillane ; Malbay, Scariff and Kilrush . where they Treasurer, Oymphna Moynihan . gained some of the ir first successes. Committee: Officers and Shella Murphy, Patrick Favier, Mrs . Mary O'-Donoghue , Most notable of these was when Mrs . Margaret Doherty, Tim O'Oonoghue , Dermol won under 14, 14-18 and the Jer. T. O'Donoghue , Peter Dennehy , Der· Senior Fiddle at the last Fleadh In mot Dennehy , Mrs. M. O'Ddn oghue , Eliza- Kilrush. ("When will we have an- beth Kelliher, Mrs . Cahi ll , Mrs . Mary Mur- other Clare Fleadh like It?" remarks phy, Marie Sp illane and James Cas ey. Vincent, sadly). Those of you who saw the Lou is Marcus dedication on th e part df t he ch ildren and film , " Fleadh Cheoil ," made that same parents ali ke . Expert tuit ion by their week-end in Quilty , will recall seeing Der- teachers in the College of Music, Miss mot pe rforming . The film was shown as Sheila O'Loughlin, Miss Clara Greene and far away as Russia! Mr. J . Vare ck ; and practi ce , practice , prac- Since those early days , these musical tice in the home . have also made it geniuses have competed at fleadhanna in poss ib le. Clare . Portarlington , Banagher, Boyle, New NORA BUTLER Ross , Enniscorthy, Thurles , Gorey, New- There has been a lot of fiddle play- cast le West , Cashel , and Dundalk , where ing in one house in the past 10 years when she was thirteen years old. Within they always enjoyed the impromptu ses- -one cou Id reckon it at about 15,000 a short time she was already making the sions . hours of fiddling , and this does not " grade" in competitions. Her first success include out side performances! was at a fleadh at Roscrea. Then followed This year In Lislowel, Dermot, Kle- ran , Clalre and Flonnula between They have also been encouraged by similar triumphs at Banagher, Sea riff and that " grand old man " of Irish traditional Thurles. Her first big day came when she them collected eleven AII.lreland Championships. To date they have fiddling , Frank O'Higg ins ; and the interest, competed in the Galway Co. Fleadh al sympathy and help of their piano teacher, Ballinasloe in 1965, winning the McCann 21 such championships to their credit. Mrs. May Magu ire, has been a big factor Cup and a shield. Munster and then AII- RADIO, AND TELEVISION in their success and development as first Ireland medals followed in that order. She class mus icia ns . won the Junior All-Ireland Ballad Singing They have been on many Rad io and TV for three years running and for the second programmes; they perform in Jury's Hotel STARTING FROM " SCRATCH" successive year has retained the Senior Cabaret; they were featured in " Gaels of And surely th e greatest credit must go championship. Laughisr" at. the Ga iety Theatre , and Claire to their mother, who has endured the Born and reared on a farm at Clash, appeared w ith Jack Benny in the Gaeity. thousands of hOurs practice. You can near the village of Toomevara , Nora has Recently Dermot, Kieran and Claire re- imagine what it is like listening to six continued to maintain an interest in far- presented Ireland in "Opportunity Knocks" fiddlers starting from " scratch'" She still ming life despite all the bright lights of the Internatibnal T.V. programme, and won manages to retain her sense of humour the stage and television studio. Nowadays the T.V. Times International Cup with a and when asked by Liam Nolan on a Radio she has to travel more, keep adding to a large majority vote from six of the eight interview what part she took in the musical huge repertoire of ballads and continue count ries competing - Norway, Sweden, proceedings , replied : to hold her place in competitions, but all Holland , Spain , England and Scotland . this she takes in her stride. Ireland could not vote for them , and Wales "I am their Producer; I have Her favourite numbers include the 'Cliffs voted for the Norwegian entry. They have produced ten of them!" of Dooneen.' ' Eileen Ardon' and ' Roisin been invited back for a speCial Prize-win- The Crehan family , who are now members Dubh.' Her full collection numbers scores ners' programme in December. of the Cldntarf branch of Comhaltas , have and for the most part has been maintained a bright musical future indeed . They will strict ly in the ballad category. Added to HARD WORK AND DEDICATION uphold the tradit ions of the Banne r Coun - this, Nora is also an accomplished step- All th is, and much more , has been ac- ty and the Hills of Donegal from which dance r. hieved by hard work , self-sacrifice and they have emerged . ,Sambaln/Nollaig , 1970 , TREOIR 9 COGAR ... • • EDITORIAL IN " LIMERICK LEADER" : It was an act of practical patriotism for Listowel to have taken on the National Fleadh Cheoil this year and it was time for other towns in the country to stand up THE SUPER STATE and be counted just as well, said Mr , John The National pres ident of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Mr. Labhras a Murchu . in the Pierse when Listowel Urban Council were considering the success of the recent course of an address at the opening of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann at Listowel, had some Fleadh Cheoil in the town , very interesting things to say about our ,Irish culture and heritage , particularly in re - ation to our expected entry to the E.E.C. (writes " Limerick Leader " in a recent * editorial). Like most people who have worked for the revival at all things cultural in Town Surveyor, Noel Dillon, at Listowel this country. Mr. a Murchu expr~ssed grave concern for the survival of ou national dis- Urban Council , said nothing gave him greater pleasure than to admit that he was tinCtiveness in the super state that will be Europe when the objects of the Treaty of wrong as to the possible conduct during Rome are finally realised. the Fleadh Cheoil and he thought it was Ireland will then, of the very nature of the mighty European State of Which it will be a a marvellous tribute to the town of Lis- tiny part. have very little say in matters that will vi!ally affect even its own citizens. The towel the manner in which the Fleaah was economic side of the E.E.C . is that which has up to now received the greatest publicity held and a headline for the country. " As in this country; so much so , that very many people think of it only as an economic union. one of the/ predictors of doom It gives me the greatest pleasure to say how wrong I It would seem that the political , legal and military implications have been underplayed by those in power for the ir own very good reasons. This has surely been less than was ," said the Surveyor. honest, and it shows that those who govern us are determined to give us what they think is good for us, whether we like it or not. While we do not s'ubscribe to those who hold * Listowel was the venue a month ago for extreme views on nationlity, we nonetheless feel that If our language, our music, our dances and our games are to fade into oblivion before the onrush of a grosser con- Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. the counter- glomerate of elements-and these not always the better ones--of other culture~ that part in Irish music and song of the AII- might well develop as a kind of basic common culture of the new Europe, we would all Ireland hurling and football finals . The be the poorer for it. town by the Feale was thronged with en- It is this fear that urges all those who value our cultural heritage and our spirit of thusiasts who came to hear. see and enjoy nationhood to call for a re-awakening of our interest in all that is best and all that is the songs, music and dancing of compet- worth preserving in our way of life . ing groups and individuals with county and national reputations. It was an out- standingly successful occasion, well orga - Cynicism In Ireland To-day nised and fully appreciated-Editorial in Those who talk of the indomitable Irish spirit, and its refusal to bend under the yoke " The Kerryman" of 700 years of foreign domination , must know little of the facts 6f their latter-day * history . Our mindS were conquered to 'such a degree that in all those t,hings that mark out the real patriots of our day we are sadly wanting . We feel that it is clever to belittle For Fleadh Cheoil organisers the Lis- everything Irish. All too many seem to feel that if a thing is Irish, it cann6t be good . towel Fleadh had a dream session, with We will buy the imported article in preference to the Irish-made one, irrespective of no rowdy ism or vandalism , due to a new whether the homemade one is a better product or not. Too many of us are only too reappraisal of the rules and timing . It willing to supply fodder to those aliens who came among us from more advanced was the most enjoyable Fleadh for years. economic and technological backgrounds, when they wish to belittle because of what It will redeem itself yet if given half a we are and how we live .. We are too prone to display an unmistakable sign of the slave chance and the charity of encouragement. mind by imitating the mannerisms and the forms of speech and behaviour of b06rish -the Pat a'Leary column in the "Wexford and uncultured nonentities for no other reason than that they have come from beyond People ," our shores. * We are not too sure of ourselves among strangers, and we are easily intimidated and mentally overpowered by the sound rather than the conten.! of the conversations of So now the autopsy will start. Has the those who wou ld ta lk with us . Is it any wonder. then, that those who value our culture Fleadh lost its pep? Is it finishea as an and our way of life feel that these are in real danger before the onslaught of other occasion of any national significance? Has cultures if and when we become part of the ,New European Super State? We would it a futu re? The answer lies in Comhaltas. seem to give too many unmistakable signs of our embarrassment at being Irish, and Its members are happy. The c6mpetitive of our readiness to cover this up by ad'o pting the way and th~ manners of others. standard was good . The dross had been shed with the shift from a holiday week- As a nation , we seem to have lost pride in our achievements and have lost con - end and the mus ic is supreme again. In fidence in ourselves. There is. of c·ourse, a solid core of people deaicated to the years to come I believe that the decision preservation of all that is best in our heritage', and these vary from the calm, devoted to mqve the date of the Fleadh CheoiL will and genuinely concernea enthusiasts to those on the lunatic fringe , who have done be seen as a truly wise one .- Tony Meade more harm tlian g_ood .to those aspects of our culture to which they have turned their in " The Kerryman ." attention down through the years . * The stranger coming here wants to faste our national culture. An American visitor Popular Leadership Mr. a Murchu referred to the evident lack of popular leadership "which would in- once complained in a DubHn hotel: "l fluence the general population in a united manner to strive 'for a revi.talis~ national have heard more ·Irish songs in America identity. " He went on to suggest that with our impending entry to the. E.E.C. , an in a week than I have hear<l here In a emergency situation , had arrived which could have a uniting effect on the various month-even the tap ea music in the hotel camps of opinion which had existed since the Civil War. is not Irish ." Is it that we are ashamed to It is to be hopea that those who, by their arrogance and their exclusiveness, have present our own wares? In any event, the done more to kill enthusiasm for our language and our games than any other Influence visitors want us to do so.- " Fermanagh in the past half century, will not be allowed to bedevil any concertea effort to Imbue us Herald ." with the spirit of nationhood and with pride in our cultural achievements. · Fanatics are * " The success of Fleadh Cheoil na hEir- eann in Listowel this year makes us all a hindrance rather than an asset to any movement and we have had more than our share of them in ,Irish cultural circles. Mr. a Murchu's organisation is one that has proved that it has popular appeal and It has certainly done much for Irish music, song and dance. very Rroud, and we should now be am- bitious enough to look forward to having Perhaps the leaaershipto which Mr. a Murchu referred might well be supplied by the 'Fleadh in 'Kerry again in the not too those who, like himself. would seem to have the right tormula for the success of the cultural revival. . distant future ," said chairman Diarmuid a Croinin at a meeting of the Kerry Co. Board of Comhaltas in Tralee. 10 TREOIR Samhain/Nollalg , 1970 . A MHILL NEAD Sean 0 Le Baoill , WOOD FORD, CO. GALWAY (R.I.P.) " Charles (Cathal) Stanley, who died on June 24th , '70, at the age of 8'6 years" was well·known as an accomplished traditional violinist and an authority on ,Irish music (Ceol na hEireann) throughout his native East Galway and Ireland generally. In 1953 he establ ished the first branch in the West of Ireland · of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and his minutes as Secretary of that Craobh are still extant. He himself learned the violin from his father Charles (Snr:) and from that renowned blind fidd· ler Dinny Lynch , both of whom had played together at weddings . nd harvs~t . homes a throughout East Galway, East Clare and North Tipperary "between 1860 and 191~ . The Woodf·ord branch of C,C.E. is now c.alled Craqbh Dqnnchad Ui Uonnsigh , to commemorate that great exponent of the Clare-Galway trad itional style of violin play- ing , Dinny Lynch , whose tremendou~ in- " A chailini 's a chailini naeh tr ua libh mo scea l fluence in East Galway and East Clare IS so Mis' ag 'ul thar farra ige 's gan du il le 'ph illeadh eh Cli ch '? evident to-day. After Dinny Lynch died , the Bigi ar mur bpa idirin late Charles Stanley (Jnr.) continued his 'Ach oich ag 'ul 'na leapa dibh musical education with lessons and re- Mar 'nduil go mbead sa bha il' agaibh cords rece ived as part of a musical cor· In aims ir bha int an fheir," respondence course from New York. Nuair a bhi Sile Ni Ghallchobhair(go ndeana Dia A mhaith uirthi) i geeann a deich During his lifetime, Charles Stanley mblian agus ceithre scor d 'aois, cheol si na bhearsai seo dom. Ba i nDobhar Lar a played " at wedd ings, "dances, parties and bhi conai uirthi san am , agus ba ar an 24u la de Mhean Fhomhair, 1958, a rinne me an concerts far and wide with such great mu- t-amhran a tha ifeadu . sicians ' as the " Barrel" Rafferty (bagpipes Mas duine thu a chuireas suimi gceol rinnee na hEireann ta a fhios agat cheana and flute). Tommy Whelan (flute). Paddy fein gur cu id de " Nead na Cuaiche " an t iuin ata ag dui le focail Shile. Is i an triu Maloney ·(flute). Connie Hogan (concer- chuid den damhsa i (cf. O'Neill, " Dance Music of Ireland ," uimh. 913) , Ach seo an ti na) , Paddy Kelly (violin) and Tommy deaeracht. Cad chuige ar leis an trian deireannach den damhsa a cuireadh na Whyte ( violin) . Regarded by all as a first- focail? Mura bhfoireadh siad don chead chuid , nach bhfeadfai a gceol don dara class reel plilyer in tlie mould of Lynch chuid? An bhfuil amhran ar bith againn a b-haineas usaid as dha chuid den damhsa i and Coleman , he had hundreds of tunes nd iadh a chele? No an ndearna lucht an damhsa ciolar chiot de amhran mhaith? in his reperto ire and unique renderings of Dar leis an Athair de Hindeberg go ndearna( "Handbook of Irish Music, Ich. 170) , Is " The Fox Chase " and a lovely melody cosuil gur shaith siad pair! isteach sa damhsa nach ra ibh focail ag dui lei in am ar bith : called " the Small Birds Meet and the Cuc- Sometimes in those late additions there is displayed a painful decadence in taste. koo Sings " wh ich he learned from Dinny A vivid instance of this k ind is furnished by the Spealadolr which I print herewith . The Lynch . culture grade that perm itted the addit ion of those last four bars (whereof the purpose· A · HOME OF MUSIC less vapidity would .shame the Liverpool Hornpipe) to th is most excellent pieca of In more recent times his home in Wood - music was ripe for Tom Moore and the piano , Th at tune is as fo ll ows :- ford was a haven for local musicians, in- cluding Aggie Whyte , Martin Woods, Jim and John Conroy, Jack and Charlie Coen , Martin Grace, Fr. P J. Kelly, Joe Fallon , Paddy McMahon , Joseph and Bill Logue, Thomas Gaffey, Bill Loughnane and JOe Burke . In 1954, at 70 years of age , he played with a Woodford trio at the first All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil at Cavan , where they won second prize despite high standards . Later Charles Stanley made a few single records with Connie Hogan , though both were then past their best. Charles Stanley 's brothers , Dick C1nd Sam , were also accomplished musicians in their '\ own day in the field of traditional Irish mu- sic. Up to his death in 1924, Sam 's home in Flushing , New York , was a favourite meeting place for exiled Irish musicians l1li£r and he himself was capaDle of playing equally well on the violin, concertina, flute and accordeon . Dick Stanley still lives at &c his home in Ballinderry, Co. Tipperary, where he makes hand-made violins in his Nach sonrach an t-ionannas idir leagan an tsagairt den tiuin agus an leagan ata a9 spare time, besides playing on the flute Sile? Nach sao ithiuil fosta gurb i an triu cuid den damhsa ata ag ceachtar acu? Mura and writing music . raibh focail ariamh leis an dara chu id I( agus ta sin le tu igphea il on Athalr de Hindebero, Of Charles Sanley 's own family , his son , a chuireas ins an triu ha it i ) nach soileir gurb i an triu chu id an casadh is co lr a chur Rev. Cathal , Garbally College, Ballinasloe, le is an chead chuid? is a well-known promoter and organiser Mar chruthu ar sin nil le deanamh againn ach amharc ar na focall a scriobh Eoghan of Irish music, besides being a promising Rua 0 Suilleabhain don fhonn a dtugtar "An Spealadoir " de ghnath air: young violinist; and his brothers, Sam "Mo lean le luadh Is m' atulrset ' Sgach lonns-bhlle borb-c hu thai gh trean-chumsi s ' S ni fear do bhuai n ar sheascannaibh d 'fhas (Woodford). and Rev. James ('Philippines) D 'fh ag ceasta buartha m ' algneadh Do bhrolla·slo c na sona -c hon do phreamhalgh on are accomplished players on the banjo Le treimhse , go tlath, Spainn and violin , respectively. The great musical Acht ei Qse '5 suadha an tseancha is Go cann tl ach faon lag easba ioch tradition of the Stanley clan is also well I ngei bheann chruald h 's in anaera . Fe ghall-smachl ghe ar ag Danaralbh Go treit h i dtuathalbh leathan Lalrc, An cam-spro t c laon do shealbhaigh mainta ined by their cousins the Donohoe Gan re im mar ba ghnath ; A saor· bhailte stail. " family (Terryglass), the Mackey family Ma amharcann tu ar an leath dhe ireanach den amhran sin , ch ifidh tu gu r ionann crot (Clonmel) and , of course, Joe Madden do agus do na bhearsai a cheel Sile dom i nGaoth Dobhair. De thairbhe ceoil de, thug and his band , New York. si an dara leath de cheol an Spealadora dom . Bh i an triu chu id den damhsa aici mar Charles Stanley 's recent death has been cheol do na linte fada agus an chead chuid aici mar cheol don ghiota ata scriofa san a great loss to 'Irish music in general , but Ochtfhoclach. Ni raibh aird ar bith aici ar an cheoH ine lom leamh lag-bhrioch sin a his mus ical influence lives on in the Wood- chum fidileoir meisciuil inteacht ag tus na hochtu aoise deag . Deana imis aithris uirthi. ford ·Ball inakill branch of C.C.E. which he Biodh dioltas ag an Spealadoir ar an Chuach a mhi ll a chu id ceo i!. Nar eiri si as a nead founded . Ar dheis De go raibh a anam . cho iche aris! Samha in/NolIBlg , 1970, TREOIR 11 - - - -- - - -- - -._ ----_. - - ----+-- " , . . . ', a " .. . " . ; , J) Ipip r 0" IJ] ~ IDJ Ifl!Parr Im JJ1JLflP F' r1.'I li - ~ ~ . . I1) J v % IPt;J tlUfltr:rr 1) J :~ r1 r rtr U Iit rl r5" 1 V I'"' 3' . ,..... j'\ " . .' jar liUIErttfiJ ~ Itfl rrr Lrll5u~frrrr~Ertr4j:! _ v Tunes 1-5 supplied by Seamus Mac Mathuna. 1 (atJove) RU ,,gan alnm as played by Wlllie, Clancy. . . '. ' . ¥ • ' ,; , ;n J. ill I j13 r £Irtr mImHa I J. I ~ v J. u I 1 ]1] et r I w iD I Efl r :11 t I rt rei ru w 1 1$ iD I J 1JJ] IF' r klEtf SIEtL mlEa F:; 2 (above) Port gan ainm. From ,Joe Ryan, who got it from Paddy Taylor. i: . •. • J~ 'e-lraJ]! l]m Jijlp! jffllJJJ J}~IFErrrEFI J I J.PJ niP] P fjlJ n h. :Irur ritl@liUI v ! ' ,, " ' , . I..J - . V . " . . . - , Itltlrrnl r CrrrrRr FtIlffflCtaIWJ FtJlr-ttd 1 '$ 3 (above) another current favourite. 12 ·r REO I - --..- - -- R - --- Samhain/Nollalg , 1970. .. , I o ' .... • q ••• ;I •• ~ . +f- , • .... h, l 'trri i,:z -I tIll I i II '. e . ,, ~ -t+ ..- rig. f' r 1 -4+9 \111 '. j l'iiJ lill • B 1 « \ •I i _-1i I i e • , t ~. f r j,> d; r' tl 10'( r i 11 • 0 e 11 ~ . 0 r~ 8 0 r The Graf Spey (above), supplied by MI. Mac Aogain; a popular reel, as played by Tony Smith. Kildare Dinner / Ceili THE STRANDS OF BALLYLICKEY It's in silen t contemplation that I often think of home, Take the sylvan sett ing of North Kildare , And where I spent my childhood days before I was forced to roam . the remote grandeur of Osbertstown Hse., In mElmQry I c. n . see the boy~ with whom I used to play a on a suitable Saturday night, add in a de· On the strands of Ballylickey, near dear old Bantry Bay. lic ious dinner, a friendly gathering of men and women interested principally in ceili Oh! what pleasant times we used to have on t he banks of the Auvane mus ic. crown it all with top-class music Where we 'd go to spear the salmon before the early dawn . . and gay dancing, and you have all the in- With splinters and with lanterns and our hearts so bright and gay gredients of a great night's entertainment. As we watched that noble river as it flowed to Bant ry Bay. Such was the setting for the Kildare Co . Board 's annual dinner last month . To Pearso~ ' s bridge we used to go each Sunday afternoon, Kildare is not as fo rtunate as other To hear blind Buckley play his pipes to each ca ilin and garsun counties, mainly those outside the Pale , Our hearts were light , our spirits bright. we were happy night and day Until cruel landlords banished us from dear aid Bantry Bay. . where the tradition of Irish music has ne- ver flagged . Comparatively speaking there On a Lady Day in August what spectacle could excel is a scarcity of music ians but. finding its The devotion of the pilgrims assembled around the well strength in adversity. 'K ildare has made The lame, the feeble, and the blind came there to kneel 'and pray. powerful progress in the last few years. They came from scattered homesteads around dear old Bantry Bay. It was only necessary to look at the num- ber of polished music ians that night to realise the truth of Chairman Carry's com- So farewell to Ballyl ickey, to Comeragh and Gougane, ments . His words were corroborated by Farewell to dear old Kealkill Cross where first ,I saw the dawn Where my bel~ved parents taught me to kneel and pray. . Le inster Secretary , Padraig 0 Dufaigh , who They are sleep ing now . God rest their souls. near dear old Bantry Bay . m~de the long journey from Birr with his wife to grace the occasion with the ir in- Now I hope to God before I d ie that I will see again spiring presence . That land so dear to Irish hearts . that land across the main . There was such a rush of musical talent But fortune seems against me and I'm getting old and grey that many did not unlock the ir instruments And I never more will see my home near dear old Bantry Bay. and consequently we heard noth ing from (To Page 14) -(Contributed by Owen Hou(ihan. Traliban . Bantry) Samnain/Noliaig, 1970. TREOIR 13 1& $ Eft iJ] IPJ IfJ I ID ifJ I1]1 ffl I EL! All I miBl ill La IiJ] erN ~ rr rer Id! ~J' I I tu r::t1 1 DJ tIT Itu tU IErr rrJ IcE r ro ~ IbJ t r1:1 Ut !le! ILt} ttr IJ11 r j lID e±~ ~ lill r ~ Iltr Et!IW r(JliJJW:IJjJJ v It]! ~ I • Iq ;n 3ll cu IJ] J vItp at IFIf tu IDJ tl! il 1 Langstrom's Pony (above), supplied by Sean Keane. Two-part version In O'Neill's-"Seddle the Porw" . - ~ .. \.~ 4 (above )-Mount Phoebus's Hunt, otherwise "The Galtee Hunt." Patrick Kelly's (Cree) version. .,; , 14 T R EO IH Samhaln/Nollalg, 1870. •• • o . t - .... • ~I Above-Another popular reel supplied by MI. Mac Aogaln. 'i\ !. ; .: }:; ! •l, I l •' 1~ 1I 1\ 1 ,? I l ' '1 1 ~ . ..-: 1 \ t ? 0 q : •• • l·~ C --.~ \-:.1 \ . • ' , l~ • KILDARE DINNER/CEll! POOR OLD GRANUAILE (Con ti nued from Page 12) Prosperous players, Brid Ni Rinn , M. Cre- My dream to some with joy will come and comes with grief to more , han . G, Mahon or Ned Farrell, nor from As it did to me, my country, that dear old Erin's shore; Peadar Doogue , Bride Byrne or Fr. Doe· I dreamt I stood upon a hill beside a lovely vale, keryl of the Athy Branch , Jack Dowling of And jt's there I spied a comely maid and her name was Granuaile. Moone-present with some members of his musical family--<Jid not take the ros- trum either. but his fel low musicians. Her lovely hair hung down so fair and she was dressed in green , Eugene Farrel l and eve rgreen Owen Kelly I thought she was the fairest soul that e'er my eyes ,had seen; played the night through . together with As I drew near I then could hear by the pleasant morning gale, four guest players from Dundalk, includ ing Breandan Mac Each rain. Reachtaire Laig - As she went along she sang her song. saying "I 'm poor old Granuaile." hin. and John Joe Gardiner. with the Gavin family from Balbriggan , In O'Connell's time in '29, we had no braver men , Lending occas ional support were mem- They struggled hard both night and day to gain our rights again : bers of the Ardclough Branch. Paddy Cor- Still, by coercion we were bound and our sons were sent to ' jail , ry , Marcella Donnelly and Colm Minogue , 'Pride of place went to two members of " You need not fret , we 'll Home Rule get," says poor old Granuaile . the Bridge Cei li Band . Eugene Nolan and Den is Ryan . who brought their neWly-won I thought she had a splendid harp , by her side she let it fall , All-Ireland trophy with them for display, She played the tunes called 'Brian Bo'u, ' 'Garryowen, ' and 'Tara's HaiL' The night was organ ised by the energe- Then 'God Save Ireland' was the next, and 'Our Martyrs who died in jail ,' tic and capab le Co. Secretary, Anne Mc- Cormack . and all t he three branches In " You need not fret, we 'll have freedom yet." says poor old Granuaile. the County were well represented . A spirit of genu ine goodwill and friendship was When I wakened from my slumber and excited by my fight, everywh ere in evidence. Among those pre· I thought it was the clear daylight, and I found that it was night; sent were Michael Walsh , the Athy Branch Treas urer. and the Auditor Mrs. Lawler; I looked all round and could see naught but the walls of a lonely jail, Moone's representative Mrs. Kelly, an d And that was the last I ever saw of poor old Granuaile. Ardc lough Secretary . Breeda Cullen , Samha in/ Nollaig, 1970. TREOIR 15 (Iy FRANK McCONVILLE OF NEWRY IIERNAIID TJlODDEN) ' .. .. I first met Frank McConville in 1934 and (ram then, until his death in 1958 at the age of 72, we were very close friends. He deserves to be remembered by lovers of Irish music for, during· his liftime, he devoted CABHAIR every leisure minute to playing on the fiddle or to teaching and, although he was by no means a virtuoso, many a good fiddler had reason to be NA nGAEt grateful for Frank's tuition . Ta aidhmag an gComhaltas "comh. olbrlu le g8th eagras ata ag saothru Many were the music sessions held in d'rums were out of sympathy with the an Chultur Ghaelalgh." a room above his little leather and footwear strings to the end of his days. Ar an Satharn, 21 u La Samhna beldh In sp ite of the fact that. at times, he ocald spelslalta ann ehun an ehomh· shop in Newry where' he transacted busi- oIbrlu .sln a lelrlu - Colnn Cheoll must have found it hard to make ends ness in the gossipy manner of a more lels- meet, his life was a happy one. His Traldislunta I gCoIalste Mhulre, Cear· urey age. A ger)uine , interest in music troubles-and they must have been rnany nog Pharnell, Balle Atha Cllath, le was the only common ' bond of the many ~were never apparent to his guests whom airgead a bhaiUu ' don Scoll Lan·Ghae· pedple from all walks of life who enjoyed he always greeted with the ' warmest jo- lach I Rath·Eanna. the musical evenings in 'Frank's humble viality, spinning jokes and Quoting verses Cupla bllatn 9 sholn thulg Gull- home. of his own composition . 'In no time at all, ge.olrl agus Tulsmnheolrl an. cheann· A unique character, 'Frank could tune a the visitor would feel completely at home, talr go' ralbh · fallll a dheanamh ar piano to the most exacting standards and the fiddles would be out and the music phalstl'Tualsceart ns Cathrach' de many a batteroo piano was given 'a new would begin . bharr eas.pa Se 011 Lan·~haelach. lease of life using the parts of even more ancient models. I well remember the in- Frank was a deeply religious man. How- Tre eh9f1'holbrlu, duthracht agus genuity he displayed when he fashioned ever enjoyable the music he would leave dairtreacht, tosaiodh ar ranganna sa and made a harp which he tuned himself. down his fiddle on hearing the first bell sean·scoll Phrotastunach annsln I For a long time afterwards the harp was for Sunday evening devotions, which he Rath-Eanna I MI lull, 1969. prominent in his music sessions. never missed, and head off for the Do- Chun seeal fada a dheanamh gearr, Although a bachelor, -Frank had a v.... minican Church. I am sure he has now ta obalr mhor deanta aeh na tullle le hard struggle to exist for his deeply Chris- attained his reward. May God ' rest his deanamh fos. tian generosity would never have allowed great soull Shocralgh na mulnteolrl anols him to turn away from his door any un- -Le caoln-chead "FONN " cabhru le colste na Seo"e le alrgead a fortunate in need of a meal. On more than bhalllu. Sa scoll feln ta Ireallamh a few occasions I came on my "ceili" to agus alseanna nua·almslre ag teastall find him and his sister setting down a ANNUAL DINNER IN MAL,LOW gan trach ar alrgead le sulomh a meal for upwards of 30 people, expecting cheannacht don scoll nua agus sin an no more in return than 'a verse of a song Cork Go. Board second Annual Dinner fath lels an gCulrm Cheoll seo. and an attentive ear to his music . His will be held at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow brother's children, whom he would claim on Tuesday, 8th December, at 8.0 ' p.m . Beidh olehe mhalth ceoll, amhran· to have reared, were always about with Last year's initial venture was an un· alocht, damhsa agus rl. I gColalste the healthy appetites of the young. qualified success and we look fOriNard to Mhulre 0 dhaoine call1ula. Ina measc All Frank's nieces and nephews were this one. beldh Albert Fry, Paddy ' Ban 0 Broln, talented musicians but their tastes were Des 0 Conchubhar, Micheal 0 hAil- not c_onfined to lrish music. Frequently mhaln, Joe Ryan, Caltlln Maude, Clann their playing of jaziy tunes routed him PROGRESSWE BRANCH .Crehan, Donncha 0 Mulneachain, Cat- from the room in a towering rage when his hal 0 Llonnaln, Tony SmHh, Donal 0 protests of " Rubbish" proved ineffective. Santry, an up-and-coming young .pranch, Dubhda, Mlcheal 0 Conalll, Clann de When I first met Frank my knowledge not yet 12 months Old, have held their ffrst Brun, SlIe NI Fhlatharte agus go leor of music was very limited indeed and from Annual General Meeting . elle. Ag tosnu 8 p.m. him ·1 learned a great deal. He knew all the positions on the fiddle from memory It's a ' pleasure to see J'im Dowling ·on the Committee. His experience and talent ....................... will be appreciated in the far South . and accumulated a vast collection of mu- sic, including Irish airs arranged for fidd'- ... 'cello and piano. Many a memorable evening a spent playing these delightful airs on the fiddle with Frank, who had THE MOTHER taken up the 'cello in his later years with The mother sat still with snow-white hair, though feeble and worn wilh care , some success. Her son by her side in manhood's pride was ready tall and fair. So steady of hand, so fleet of· fcot , so haughty in his rise, A BAND OF THIRTEEN That he oftimes forgot the tender care that was still on his mother's side . For years Frank and a band of thirteen ' artists entertained a·u diences all over the But the cruel w.rong and the ~areless word was easy to do and say, district. for ' he ' was also a talented actor. Till sorely. wounded with blushing cheeks she answered him thus one day: I was fortunate to be with him on many " If only the past could speak my son , if you could remember the right, t rips wh ich included hospitals, orphan- How I carried' you in my aching arms and toiled for you day and night. " ages and homes , often being handed a case of props and being sent on my way "Loving and guiding and caring you till t he years had made you strong , without the slightest warning . Looking Oh. son, if you could remember this you never would do me wrong . back on these occasions , I can say truth- But now I'm cast upon you , love, I'm feeble , old and grey, fully that I gave of my best for Frank Oh son, that I nursed long years ago , remember my love today ." possessed the rare gift of convincing his colleagues that a supreme effort was needed . He dropped by her knees as in olden times, her pardon and love 10 seek, He held strong, inflexible views about e Her grey hair bowed to his fond young head as the tears roli. d down his cheek. the presentation of music and, while he And ever since then her part he took, though her arm and tongue were at rest, liked to accompany a singer, he vigour- And he never forgot that once he lay an infant upon her breast. ously condemned accompaniments which distracted the attention of the singer. Ac- Oh men in your strength and joy and pride, oh maids in your grace and charm, cordeons and drums had no place in his Remember the toiling infant once you. lay in your mother's arm.' ideal ceil i band which should' be composed Remember that then she was tall and strong, but now she's old and grey, of strings and piano only. This last opin- And the wrong and the right you do to her will come back on yourself one day. ion of his we debated often, but he held rigidly to his point that accordeons and ...................................................... . ~ 16 TREOIR Samhain/Nollalg . 1970 . - - _ . _ -- COMHALTAS "DOWN UNDER" AONACH CEOIL (LUGHAIDH MAC MAGHNUIS) The County Board of Comhaltas Ceol - toiri Eireann held its first ever Aonach Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann -outthe very words are like music , especially to the Irishman or woman here jn Australia. How many times we Ceoil in Glenfin Parochial Hall, Donegal. Despite very severe weather cond itions hundreds of traditional music lovers turned talked of forming a branch of Comhaltas , but it was only talk. out to enjoy a feast of Irish music, singing , We, lrish musicians would meet at various you r loss is our gain . We have many other dancing and story-telling . functions throughout the year, have a good fine singers; there's Matt O'Oonnell from The programme was compered in Irish gossip, play the old tunes and for a time Co. Kildare ; Margaret Lavin from Dublin, by an excellent fear a tt from Orumquin . we would be transported back to the old and so many others it would take too long Seamus O'Kane , who thanked the many country. The familiar tunes would recall t6 mention them all here. artists who took part, espec ially those who many happy tim'es spent at ceilidthe or in There's also a language class every had travelled from as far away as Newry , small thatched cottages in the heart of the Friday night and many very fine schools Sligo, Fermanagh and Co. Derry. coun.try listening to the haunting notes of of Irish dancing all willing to send dancers The success 01 the event proved that the " Bean Dubh a' Ghleanna " ( " The Dark along to our fortnightly concerts . So, all Comhaltas in Donegal is now stronger Woman of the Glen") , or to have our blood in all. we are keeping alive the true culture than ever and is increasing its membersh ip raciog 'with 'the wild abandon of a reel. of our heritage . each year. The Co. Board held their first It took a young man fresh out from Your magazine " Treo ir" is a real God- annual dinner and siamsa in Ballybofey on Irel and , whose heart was steeped in the send . It keeps us in touch with the latest 24th October . tradl'Hon of his country, fresh from all the tunes and we do enjoy the stories of the bustle of the various' Comhaltas activities musicians we know or have heard about. MOUNT BELLEW LOSS in which he took part , to get us going . Long may you keep up the good work and VI. cent Loughnane was not six n I hope that you will allow me from time to Death has robbed Mount Bellew , ( Co . months in' Australia when he rounded time to write giving you news of this your Galway) Branch of two steadfast founder- Up! 'all the musicians and singers he most distant branch. ' memberS-Mark Lohan , former chairman , could find and he formed the nucleus We hope in the not too distant futUre to and Martin Grace. a talented musician , of a branch of Comhaltas. send representatives over to Ireland to who gave Joe Burke his early lessons on ta ke part in the Fleadh Cheoil. so that you the accordeon . S:ince that first Sunday afternoon when Tributes were paid by chairman , Paddy we mei in a church hall , we have gone on can see the standard we have achieved . Barrett, and secretary, Micheal 0 hOgain . from strength to strength , and although still a fairly new branch, we have gathered togeths'r quite 'a number of . people genu- inely interested in traditional Irish music and culture. This branch was very long overdue; there was nothing of a real traditional nature for us here and many of us, myself in , ~articular, were getting out of the habit of pl·aying . No.w everything has changed ; O'Neill's book,: has come out of the cup-board , the fi'ddle is tuned, and long-forgotten reels and jigs ' are being played again. We meet at present fortnightly and have a C.'omhaltas band organised . The mem- bers are the Fitzgerald brDthers, Paddy and' John, on accordeon and banjo; touls Mac Manus and Louis Og .(fiddle and ban- jo) , Jim Fitzgerald on drums, and Joe Owens ( flute and tin whistle). EIBHLlN BEGlEY Of course, the highlight of our evening is the beautiful Gaelic singing of Eibhlfn Begley - why you people ever let her get out of Ireland. I'll never understand - but fn Song and Story (As " INNIU") Ma bh i craoltai RTE gann in abhar du- chasach le tamal l de mhionna anuas, thug siad.; isteach e i rith na seachtaine . Ceart go leor ni cuimhin liom aon ni iontach spreaguil a fheiceail no aon leid a fhail go mbeadh a le ithe id i ndan duinn amach an- seo , ach , cinnte, le taobh an chineal rud a rabhthas ina mhuinin 0 thus an tsamhraidh nior dhona ar char ar bith iad na clair nua . Is docha go gcaithfidh me tus aite a thabhairt do 'In Song and Story,' an tsraith nua ata RTE a chur le cheile i gcomhar le Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann . 0 rinne na popghrupai a gcuid fein den amhran tire o ta· cla. nadh ag daoine de m'aoisghrupa fein a bheith rud beag droch-mheasuil ar an chineal seo ceoil no ar scor ar bith gan a bmeith ch6mh togtha le is agus a bhi. B'fheidir gurb amhlaidh ata iarracht de bhraag-ghalantacht ar ' chul an dearcaidh sea · no b'fheidir aris go n-aithnionn an chuid is eolgaisi dinn nach bhfuil a gceird foghlamtha mar ba cho ir ag na popchan - Posadh DEIRDRE UI BHRIAIN le BREANDAN 0 BEACHAIN In Eaglals Mhulre t ai r i~ Ar scar ar bith , ta cuma air go Coroineach Naora, Lulmneach, ar an 30u Meltheamh '70. Ag an bhFalltlu Ins mbainfidh cach idir phleisiur agus tairbhe dhlaidh in Ostan Chalslean Shunraite, bhl Ceol Tr~ldISlunta, Amhran, agus as an tsraith sea , RI'ne! gan staonadh . Sam hain/ Nollaig , 1970, TREOIR 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -- -- A fine selection of Christmas Cards are this year published by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. The cards, which are bi-lingual, are available in six different designs and sold in packets of one dozen . These cards depict the real Irish Christmas and they have been specially designed for Comhaltas to reflect the Christian and national cultural values of the Irish people. There are modern , traditional and abstract designs in beautiful rich colours which make cards that any Irish person will be proud to send or pleased to receive. Orders of one dozen and over will be sent -(post free) fo r 6 / - ($1 .50 to the U.S.A.). Send genuine Christmas greetings to yo ur friends this year by ordering NOW. ~end GENUINE IRI9H Ch,-;stmac reefi.----- - PLETE AND SEND To: Comhaltae Ceoltofrl Elreann, i Sr. Fhearchak, B.oe Atha Cltath 2. Please send me .. _.. . ... _. doz. Comhaltas Christmas Cards, for which I enclose £ ... .. .. .. . . , ...... s ...... ... . d. Ainm (Name) ... ..... ....... ... .. . .... .. .... . -. .... ... ...... .. _... ............. ........ . Seoladh (Address) .............. ... ................ _........ -......... .... .... ........ . ~s REl!ORD!l" OF (JOUR9E! .~ ... -.•.•.•....•.•. .......... Three records of Irish traditional To: Comhaltas Ceoltolll Elreann , music and song for the price of one. 6, Sr. Fhe31chalr, This is the unbelievable offer made 8alle Atha Cnath 2_ to members of the new Comhaltas Club Ceirnin (Record Club)_ For 45/- (or 10$ to America) you Name: ... ... . .. ..... ... ........ .. .. ... . ....... ... .. ..... ... ... .... . .. ........ . ...... ... .. . get "Bonny Kate"-L.P. of a variety of Ireland's top artistes; 1970 Fleadh Address: .. .. ....... ............. .... ..... ... .... ... ... .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. ... . ... . .. ... .. . Cheoil Winners - L.P. of the AII- Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel; and "An Goirtin Eornan"-EP. of songs by Eibhlin Ni 8heaglaoich, Subscript ion : 45/- (or 10$ to America) who is now in Australia. JOIN NOW on attached form : Samhain/Nollaig, 1970. 18 TREOIR Uachtaran Nua A norher TradiTional Cow S tory! I Seol/ M oguire (flld George Ross 18 Centenary ParK , E.S.B. Sta fl Ho uses . An Ogm ai gh , Ard nac rush a, Co. Tir Eoin. Nr. Lime rick. A Chara , Received your copy Mean Fomha irl Dear Ed it or , Deire Fomh air in niu and was very interes- I th ink that my annual subscr iption must ted in your articl e on Trad . Cow, Let me so on aga in be due and if you could let tell you som ething on t his line al so . My :ne know sometime I wil l glad ly re-join. I occup ation is 'Post Offi ce driv er and when- thi nk this little magazi ne is the best th ing ever ,I have time to sp are ·1 would stop and that happened to Comh altas in a long time, play a few tune s on the tin whistl e and It is a very in fo rm ative bo ok an d very ch eap mouth organ . On th e first occasion of at t he pri ce. doin g this I not iced (after a few mtnutes Please let us have so mething on Sean of playing ) that every cow in the field came Magu ire , as this man is not gett ing th e re- right ove r to the hedge where I was play- co gnition he deserves in this country. I ing and stood the re listen ing (the quietest think he is a very tal ented mus ic ian and audience I ever had) . Yes , it is really only he can play trad it ional mu si c w ith a true abou t t he cows being attrac ted by class i9al touc h. A go od photograph of trad itional music, and what a wonderful him would al so be wel c ome and t he names t hing it would be if some of our younger of his re cord s. George Ros s is seldom folk would take hal f th e interest that th e heard of no w except down in his native cow s ta ke ! Strange st ory , bu t true . Wexford , bu t he is not forgotten for his Is mise , le meas, grand playing of the " Mason 's Ap ron" and SEOSAMH 0 MORDHA , many more , and I think he merits a col umn in your magazine . (A ll Ireland mo uth org an ch am pio n, 1960, Boyle ) Al l th e be st for th e presen t an d looking P.S ,-Cong ratulations on yo ur wonderful forward to t he ne xt issue and the Annual. book " Treo ir." Thi s is my first year reading it and my yea rly subscr iptio n is due aga in Yours sincerely . SEAMAS DE BRUN in January . Hope you wil l send a fo rm to JIM COLLl NS. a toghadh mar Uactaran ar Chomhaltas co mplete. Ceoltoiri Elreann ag an gComhdhall Bhllantull. l mH1UI I~I I IIHIr.i IHI [Jllfl1Oil~t1irHII'iIHlttiijfUiWrlHiil;flI~H fii . iIUilJ T hank YOil! " T r(> oi r " Was L ate Currabw ee, Dunmanway, A Chara, Gai ll l mh . Champions at Second A Cha ra, Co . Cork . Th is is an ant idote to my poisonous communication of 13th inst. (yesterday) . " Treoir" arrived this morning . Try I rece ived a copy of your magazine Have you ever knocked at a door, and ·At Fleadh Che oil na hEireann in Lis· " Treoir" recently from a friend of mine you know th e occupants were in , but chose towel a " Bunch of Keys " opened t he doors and I liked it very much . I enclose here- to ignore your knocking? This was how I for a new ceili band compet ing in com- with P.O. 10 1- annual subscription for fe lt as I waited day after day for " Treoir." petition for only th e second time . And same . I have read Jan .l Feb . edition and Ye ste rd ay in blind rage I wrote-I know when the key turned from G. to A. for if you could manage to send me the re- not wh at now-but I recall having treated ' McFadden's Handsome Daughter" it was mainder to date, I would indeed be very th e Ed ito r unfairly . Mr. Editor, will you clea r to most people that the Bridge Ceili grat efu l. ever fo rgive me? Band from Passbridge , Monasterevan , Yours truly, In my ch arac ter there is the unfortunate would be the 1970 All-Ire land senior ceil i TED O'SULLlVAN. trait of openness f rankness - I must speak band champi ons . . . my mind at all times. This , of course , re- I The sp okesm an for the adju d ic ators w~~ I su its in wound ing feelings . Contrit ion sets Rory Kennedy, leader of the Slamsa Celll Glasgow Liked The Fleadh in and I must seek out my prey immed i- Band from Dund alk , w,ho won the AII-lr~ ately and apologise. This is what I am land t itl e for t he p r~vlous three years ~n Comha ltas Ceoitoi ri Eireann , Gl asgow . tryin g to do here and now. When " Treo ir" a row. In his summl~g up o~ the ~and s arrived this morning I felt like dropping p,erformance he desCribe? th~tr plaYing as A Chara , everything here , and dropping in a1 6, a go~d a,I round muslcla,~ s band With l 1 have just returned to Glasgo w with two Sraid Fhearcha ir and embracing all who perfect ion In the ~eamwork .. .. of our members from the Fleadh Gheoil in fell under the cruel lash of my cruel words. The other placlngs In . thiS compet ition Listowel. No doubt the journey was very " God preserve you all from such a fate" went to .the Cove~!ry Cel l I Band and the long, but it was well worthwhi le as we had you say! 'Green linnets C~t.11 Band , Dubl in . so much enjoyment there. To conclude , I again beg forgiveness for The ~rldge Ce tll Band was fo : med only The ·Fleadh was a great success and my outrageous behaviour. My selfishness last. April and th~ ten me mbers live over ,a everyone had peace to enjoy the wonderful in de mand ing so much attention of an or' radiUS of 20 miles fro m each .ot her, In musk: being played all over the town in gan isation wh ich has done and is doing- Edenderry , Co . Offaly; Abbey lelx, Strad- houses, hotels , public-hous es and especial- in fact , has brought to a fine art~the ma- bally , Clonasle e an d Monaste reva n, Co . ly in the streets; the big problem was jor rev ival of Eire 's national and cultural Laols . knowing which session to listen to a§ they heritage , wh ile I as a daughter of said PRE VIOUS WI NNERS we re all first class and age d id not matter Ei re contribu te little but unjust phrases Leade r, Eug ene Nolan , from Passbridge. -there were mu sic ians old and young-a towa rd s her diligent workers. In shame I a 26-year-old C.I.E. cle rk in Portarlington , real treat. look at the profile of Padra ig Mac Piarais sa id that fi ve of th e band had played to- This was such a love ly change from re- on the cover of " Treoir" - " Gael mise, nach gether in othe r groups . Two of the young - cent fieadhanna where musicians had no su ara ch me ." I think. est mem bers of the group-fiddler Maura hope of playing - th e huge hooligan Le gach beannacht is dea-ghui. Connolly f rom Edenderry and accordeonist ele ment prevented thi s. Ellen Fla nag an - bot h won All-Ireland Th e new date is not convenient for us -"DILIGENT READER " cham pions hips at previ ous fleadhanna- in Gl asgow, as our ho lidays are al l over Editor's Note: Oh , how I wish a mill ion Maura in 1966 and Ellen in 1967. by this t ime . But if it bring s back the true such letters would arrive on my desk each In the three oth er ceM band competi- meaming of the Fleadh Cheoi l, with peace wee k - then I would know " Treoir" was t ions , Du nda lk bra nch C.C.E. swept the to em joy ou r good tradit ion al mu si c, we will real ly app re ci at ed. boards . It wa s their first All-Ireland titl e fin d a way of gett in g there . for t he Du nd alk under-11 group, their se- The peopl e in Listdwel were very cond in a row fo r the 11-14 years group, fr iendly and he lpful and really made every- and th eir fourth in ·a row for the 14-18 one feel ve ry wel come . I feel sorry for NEW CHAIRMAN yea rs ban d. In the latter competition a those wh o misse d what mu st have be en Newc hairman of Mount Bellew Branch sec on d Du ndalk band were runners-up . our 'best Fl eadh Cheo il. is Mr. Mike Cahill , Castleblakeney, who is La st year Dundalk branch Won twenty- Mise, le meas, do ing trojan wo rk for the promot ion of Ceol two pr izes at t he national Fleadh in Cashel , LENA TIERNEY, Se c. na nGae l in his locality. includino seven firsts . Somha ,n/Noll aig . 1970. T~EOIR 19 SEAN SOUTHWELL A MEMOIR By JOHN J. PATTERSON "I wish that Willie Brennan in your cradle you had died, Brennan on the Moorl" When I hea rd a record of the old ballad sung by a well-known Iris h folk-singing group on the radio a few nights ago, it brought to mind the occas ion on which I first hear<l the song well over 40' years ago. A sc hoolboy t hen , I was returning by horsedrawn brake f rom what was probably one of t he first aeriochtanna to be he ld in the Newry distr ict . Th is function , held in H illtown and organised by the parish priest of Clonduff, the late Very Rev . George McCony, R.I.P., was attended by a party from Newry led by-need I say it-Sean SOJthwell , beannacht De len a anam . For who Else could organise an Irish Ireland concert party like Sean, or who else would Four smiling young musicl;;;~irom Galway at Cheoll In Blrr, have the patience, energy and knowledge UH$HtlUJt:::t!R1t.Il~lttj~:1U'HI1U'HtltrH!~$\l flj'1"llllt ~~r.f-111'QlnE$lla1W,*Jj;~ to get a group sufficiently trained to pre- sent a programme which was one hundred an ce of such a function. With a few kin- us. he prov iding the music as he always per cent. national, and yet attractive dred spirits he soon had Irish songs sung, seemed to have a p iccolo with him. And enough to appeal to an aud ience t o whom Irish dancing performed , and Irish games what a player! He was as fine a performer the items were something new and strange, and pastimes popularised over a vast area. as I ever heard, and h is re pertoir-e of na- We had a troupe of Irish dancers ('Ir ish And fruits of those labours of his in the tive dance airs, like his songs and recita- danc ing was as yet an unheard of thing second and third decades of this century tions , was inexhaustible. What a pity he outside a few places in the North like are still evident. passed away before the tape-recorder age Armagh, Belfast and Newry-to mention a as very many beautifu l old lyrics , ai rs , bal- few) ; we had some singers and, of course , " THE HEART OF CORN" lads and recitations which he, and he we had Sean who was a concert in him- Sean was , as we say in this area " the alone , could have recorded are lost for- self. As well as being compere for the heart of corn ." A native of the Faughil dis- ever. vario us items , he sang, danced solos, trict, he came to Newry to work early in Sean, even when his last illness was played the flute , warpipes , Uillean n pipes the 1900s. As a c ompa nion , raconteur, already well advanced, never lost his sense and , after tea that even ing in the Parochial music ian or entertainer , he was inim itable . o f humour. Many a t ime he held us con- Hall, !he piano. I Possessor of a fine baritone voice, he vulsed with laughter at some witty sally knew and sang more old Irish songs and or so me humourous story , never hurtful or TRAVELLED BY BICYCLE I ballads than anyone I have known since of doubtful quality. And how he could We ll, needless to say , the aeriocht was or before, and the fire and verve with pull one 's leg without ever woundi ng one 's a great success. Soon si m il ar even ts were Nhich he could sing them, or the spirit suscepti bili ties. His lo ss to Gae ldom, no springing up all over South Down , Sast he could put into a recitation like less than to his loved ones, as a compara- Down , South Armagh , North Louth , and the " In the old marb le town of Kilkenny tively early age in 1953 was one that can- 20 th cen tury Gaelic Renaissance was on. With its castles , ca thedral and halls " not be replaced. He lived a full l ife , was And one cou ld truthfully say that the main- 9. st ory of '98 . Invariably his contribution strong in his convict ions, never offensive spring of such activities around the Newry called for an " aris" and I have known him to an opponent or to those who differed d istrict was Sean Southwell. For him no to have to come back four or five times from his views . He was a delightful co m- work was too arduous, no hours too long, in response to repeated encores at concert pan Io n and a sincere Gae l. May his great no difficulty too great when it came to or- parties. As an instrumentalist he was and kindly soul find the peace and happi- ganising a dancing c lass, :J ceili or an equally profic ien t with the Uilleann pipes , ness In the other world which it so richly aeri ocht. Often after a tiring days work the warpipes, flute , p icco lo or even tin : earned on t h is earth . Ar dhe is lamh De he wou ld travel long distances on his old I whist le. But he liked the piccolo best of i go ralbh a anam fhla ith iuil . I_ ( Pierce of Wexford) Irish-made bicycle on I all c nd many impromptu ce ilis he set going . the roads , such as then ex isted in further- I when he would drop in among a group of I """ "'111'"" ';;;'~"" "~!;'"IU'" ""1111 ••"" ,. "mmll"." mmllllllll'm', mll "' IIill" ."'""" ""'i l"."'"""" -Le caorn-chea d " FONN " II! "' " r"''' ' ~ r~ ~ I ~ if - ~ - i ~ = . ~ ~1 '" Wo I~ :; ~. i~ 'J ll· ~ I f . inthe of whom won prizes at -Photo "M i dland Trib une" ~I f r~ TREOIR Samhain/Nollaig , 1910 . 20 COMHALTAS PRESENTS How would you like to have an attractive colourful calendar showing illustrated impressions of traditional tunes in your home'l ? See "Speed the Plough" and many other well-known titles brought to lite in a set of twelve two-colour drawings specially made for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. The calendar also contains information on forthcoming Comhaltas events. This new invaluable souvenir calendar is published by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and will be sent (post free) for 8/- (2$ to the U.S.A.). 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This common bond is obvious at fleadhanna BADGE cheoil , music sessions, seoraio -chtanna, and wherever friends To: C.C.E., i Sr.ld Fhe'a rchalr, .a!le Atha Cllatn 2. of Ireland gather together. To strengthen this fr iendship and provide an instant introduction for all who subscribe to the Ainm . ... . . . ... . .. .. .. .... .. .. .. . .. . .... .. . .... .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. . . . ... ....... . .. . . .. .. .. .. . ideals cif Comhaltas Ceoltoirl Eireann , a new, unmistakable symbol has been designed. The Seoladh: .. . . . .. .. .. .. ... . .. . . .. .. ..... . . .. . .. ..... . . .. .. ... . .. . . ... ... . .. . . ... ... .. .. . .. . new badge is made of 9 et. gold and represents an abstract " COO which denotes Comhaltas and culture. The badge is available at 12/6 ( plus postage) from Comhaltas, 6 Sr. Fhearchair, Baile Atha Amt. enclosed .. .. .. .. ..... .. ........ .Ior .... . .. . ...... Badges. Cl iath 2. There is also a safety lock available at an extra 3/ 6. ____._._____ --------------- ........ --~ 5a mhain/No llaig, 1970. TREOIR 21 . , . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - _ ._- --- Mrs. Nellie Egan, formerly Miss N. Car- At a co nce rt in Omag h in October I met DEATH OF MR. P. SULLlVAN roll , Mou ntbellew, who is on a holiday many fine mus icians from north and south from Sydney, is a member of the Sydney of the border, and a great night was had Mr. Patrick Sullivan, Rath , Birr, died at Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann , by all. I was delighted to meet that great his re sidence recently to t he grief of a large one of the two branches in Australia. She ballad singer from Co. Antrim , Sheena circle of friends , all of whom join in ten- is accompanied by her two children , the Heffron . She had not lost voice nor style dering sincere sympathy to his son, Mr. yo unger, Margaret, being a talented Irish of s inging I am glad to say, I missed Felix Seam us Sullivan, who was one of the dancer, Kearney ; I hear he has gone to England , members of the original Birr Comhaltas but I hope that he will be back again with Irish dancing troupe that gained national us before lo ng . honours and repeated TV appearances ·a * few years back , and is now resident in All interested in ceili dancing will be delighted to hear that the Tullow branch of Comhaltas will hold a series of ceili * The Sec. (Margaret Cunning ham ) of the Co. Galway Fleadh this year is to be con - England. Pre-deceased by his wife, the late Mr, Sullivan was in his sixties. He was an classes in the Murphy Memorial Hall , They gratulated for the very h igh standard and industrious man and worked hard all his will be conducted by Miss Ann Pepper, .he great number of compe,titors in this life. There was a large attendance at the from .the Pe.pper School of Dancing and year's Fleadh; 418 competitors took part. funeral , which took p lace from st. John 's TV fame . Young and old are invited to All competitions had entrants with the ex- Church, Rath, to Clonoghi ll cemetery, Birr. attend. ception of piccolo . Ninety-nine seniors _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _...;._ _ _ _.....;._ _• to ok part. Good work, Margaret. * Every time ·1 vis it the home of that mas- Ballinamore Craobh of Comhaltas Ceol- toiri Eireann enter the Wren boys c:ompeti- ter music ian, Pat Gav in, in Fancourt, 8al- tion in Listowel each year and this year briggan, he has a few more trophies or was no exception . A busload of forty-two medals added to his enormous collection. went the long journey to the Kingdom and This ye?r Pat and his two sons , all members against excellent compet it ion they brought of Balbriggan branch C.C.E., brought home the prize back to Ba llinamore, It would three medals from Listowel. Michael was not be out of place to quote Terry O'Sulli - winner of the All-Ireland tin whistle con- van of the " Evening Pre ss " : " the man who test (14-18 years), and runner-up in the deserves a special mention for the success concert flute section . The trio , Patrick is of this Leitrim team is Josie Cryan. In his the cither son , were second in the AIl-Ire- group he had stars in Eamon Cann ing 6n land Senior Trio (fiddle, accordeon and the banjo, the three Wards on fiddles, Ma. con cert flu te) competition . nus O'Donnell , the we ll-known Comhaltas Ceoltoiri singer; and the O'Brien chil dren. * Balbriggan branch has busy winter pro- gramme ahead , hold ing a monthly ochie Ballin~more deserves every cong ratulatory ad jective th at one can think of." c heoil , which will consist of a night of music by visiting and loca l musicians , Irish dancing displays and traditional sing ing . * I am sorry to hear that Jos ie McDermott, of the Ballyfarron branch , was in hospital The ladies committee will serve tea . At the fcir so me time. I hope you are we ll again , moment there are 40 children attending Josle , and back in your usual mus ica l form. we ekly classes for fiddle players . Ba il 0 Dh ia ort . * Robert Armstrong , 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Armstrong, Coislinne , * . Osb erstown House Hote l, Sa il ins. Co . I Kildare , is hardly back to norma l ' after Gorey , began a course in art at th e Natio- Ilou sing the 2'SO-strong attendance at the nal College of Art in Dublin recently. Mr. sec ond Annual Din ner of Kild are County Ar mstro ng was one of thirty new stude nts Boa rd. The music of the Gav ins , Dunldalk accepted intci the College of Art out of lads , members cif the Bri dge Ce ili Band , more than 300 applications. He was ad- the MlIlogues, Donnellys, Kellys , Dowlings; mitted following his success in an entrance the song and dance of Jack Nu lty and Dick exa mination based main ly on artsitic abil i- Flynn , etc ., was fitti ng evidence that the ty . An. ex cellent concert flute player, sp iri t of the Gerald in es is very much alive Robert IS a well known member of the if') Kildare. Gorey branch of Comh altas . He was a member of that branch's famous junior ce ili band which made so many appearances on Telefis Eireann . * Ther e was great sport at Donard, Co. Wick low , wher e mus ic ians and Comhaltas [r iel ds gathered from as far as Kilkenny * A meeting was held last month to form a branch of C.C.E. in Bailieboro. It is I ln the sout h to Ballymena in t he north to p :"y Irish music and sing Irish songs, un- de r the app roving eye of Brian O'D6herty, hoped in the future to arrange lessons on who acted as fear a' H, and Mrs . Whittle , the fidd le, p iano-key accordeon and the who fed us all sumptuous ly. You can be ti n wh istle. The Pres ident is James Brady, S'Jr e the spirit of Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne Ann Street . Bailieboro. has left its undeniab le mark in Co. Wick- low . * Haunting sounds are re ported being * The go-ahea d craobh in Mervue , Co . heard in Castl eb oro, Co . Wexford . A new MARIAN KELLY , CLOGHAN, haunt has been unearthed, namely "Teach Galway , has been running its own Sc o:rai- (Co_ Offaly), a prize-winner at the ocht in the hotels in Galway all the summer, na Sioga ," the music rendezvous of the recent Fleadh Cheoil in Birr. Cloghbaun Branch of An Comhaltas, and bringing Irish traditional music to the ' ears in deed some rare fairies are seen com in g -Photo: " Mid land Tribune " of foreigners who vi sit the city. Keep up an d go in g at all times of the night! the good wo rk , Sean! 22 TREOIR Saonhain/No llaig . 19 70 . Visit.T:o l.ll. ernati, .'naI· -FQlIiD..: llcing·" Festi.val Anothe~.~f~ur~o~Nt~a~iti.o~~~-~usicians. t o . .· a . .. . our g'ood fr·iend Tom Hynes of Cloghan's On theeveni~g .of 29th',Jul¥, '1 970,aparty of 'a bou130 of-us set sail ~i~l, e(t~~~aii:~~~~ ,Tuaml. has passed to from Dun. Laoghaire. under-the fatherly' eY~df Seamus . ac· C. )n Uladh- Son of a Mayo school-teacher, Irish tra- M ( o . . " •• . • diti6nal music was. his first love and from . ' . . bound forah i'lnfernation'al F6lkjor~ Festival" 'in Middelkerke,.· Belgium . an early age he . played the fiddle in its traditional form . The tunes he learned in I was delighted to be invited along as a dered were the tails really made with their his own homestead and in the neighbouring guest dancer by Seamus and his wife , own hairl) . The dancing was complemen- houses in the Mayo-Galway border were Mollie (nee Farrelly) to again participate led by the wonderful music. The melan- his repertoire for life. with their troupe (the Farrelly Troupe) at choly blend com ing from violins , base In his middlle years , he was a member the Dancing Festival of this seaside town guitar, and accordeon was a jciy to listen of 'Keane's Ceili Band , Caherlistrane, and near Ostend . The Farrelly Troupe had to, and the rhythmical variations In the mu- on the formation of Comhaltas he travelled been such a success at last year's Festival sic (and in the dflnce, accordingly) pro- the length and breadth of Ireland to all that they were invited over again to parti- vided a very entertaining programme. An the Fleadhanna with the band . The Band cipate in the 1970 Festival. Mollie, unfor- interesting peculiarity about their ladles is also performed on radio on numerous oc- tunately, was unable to be with us due to that when dancing they emit occasional cas ions and his crowning glory was his the arrival of a baby boy a few days before high-p itched yelps (eeh-eeh!) out of them . appearance with them on the "Bring we set out. The quality of our party was Down the -Lamp" series. enriclned by having Tony Roddy (a well- Ta an nos sin agalnn in Elrlnn chomh Tclm is now gone and the fiddle is si- known champion dancer from Dundalk), maith, ach go bhfuil fir na tire seo lent, but his memory and his tunes are Teny Madden (singer) , and such agreeable gach ploc lonchurtha lels na mna still with us . musicians as Donal Kelly (acc6rdeonist) , chun "Dla leat," "yahoo" agu8 rudal Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Helen Roche .( fiddler) , and Nora Ni Rualrc den tsort sin a ra nualr a bhlonn dulne (fiddlier) along with us. elgln 8g casadh ceoll no ag damh- The Festival opens about mid-July and sadh. DATES TO REMEMBER continues until August Monday-a three 27th November: Headford Branch Dinner weeks period . Groups from various coun- The Czech group also had a very fine in Angle r's Rest , Headford . male singer. As a people we found them tri.~~...~~~...i~~!~~.d .. ~?. p~.rti~i.p~t.e ~ and this 8th January: The Tuam Branch Ann.ua l very friendly and sincere , The language Dinner. Le DONNCHADH 0 MUINEACHAIN difficulty was easily overcome as some of ........... .... .... ..... .... ... ..... them spoke English and they all spoke - - - •• - - • - - • • •••••••••••• - year there were groups also from Sweden , German . Bonds of friendship were ce- Denmark , Holland, Germany, Switzerland, mented at this Festival agus deirim-se leat danced figures not unlike our own Set and France , England , Czechoslovakia and Vu- that many an exchange of letters have Ceili danCing figures . The ir mus ic was goslavia . Belgium , the host country , was taken place between the two countries provided by accordeonists . A 12-year-old also re presented. It is customary to invite since! boy was the only musician in the Dan ish one or two outstanding dancing ensembles The Yugoslavian dancing was different party , and a good lad he was . too , on the (f.rom East European countries generally) in that it was more acrobatic (l ike the accorcieon . The tunes he playe d were to stay the duration of the Festival. giving Ukranian dancing) and uniform . At all similar in structure to some Irish reels and a ,performance or two most days. times they presented a very co lourful show folk tunes . . We were joined by danCing groups from -the dance music generally started off at I A pO int of Interest here maybe IS that Denma rk ( Copenhagen) , West Germany, a very slow pace , picking up gradually , the German and Danish Folk Dance Yug:oslavia , Czechoslovakia (from atown un ti l the dancers' feet were going so fast G~oups were mostly made up of old or called Skalica) and also by a local Belgian eventual ly that the right foot could hardly middle-aged people , whereas the dancers group. The highlights were provided by keep up with the left one . They had a from Eastern Europe were generally young . 'the Czech s and the Slovaks. They are very wo nderful technique for building up the The Belgians were unspe~tacular, but professional in their approach to the pre- music ( with the help cif drums and a nevertheless they per~ormed In a gracefu l servation , CUltivation and promotion of all bug le) and the dancing into a furious , mann~r .. Their danCing formations were aspects of their culture. Usually, groups frenzied and spirited crescendo. It created very Si milar to the German ones . from Eastern Europe are subsidised by the I an elec tr ic atmosphere and the audiences ACCOMMODATION State and the ir tours last for a period of loved it. However, it did not particularly approx . 6 weeks . Somet imes they make appea l to me as it had a repetitious and A fact or which helped to create a happy three _ four tours in a year. Very strict noisy ring about it. The heavy drum-beats atmosphere at the Festival was that all the or control is kept on them while touring. Se 1- and fhe bugle playing would send any sane Groups (200 people in all) were eating and dum do they join in any of the Festival fun person running from the din. sleeping under the same roof in a la rge outside of their required dancing perfor- They also had a good male traditiona l school in Middelkerke ( locally known as mances . -If they are not rehears in g they singer, but the voice cif the ir female tra- " The Complex") . The gents slept In one mu st rest. No swimming, no football , etc! ditional Singer did not take my fancy at large dormito ry , whi le beds were set up all! Mar fhocal sCciir: we d id not find them for the ladies in a fe w cl assrooms. The TYPES OF DANCING in general , particuiarly the beautiful ladies . language ba rriers were broken down with Ttne Czech dancing was varied and full very friendly people . a fr iendly smile or nod of the head . We of vigour, gaiety and spon taneity . The cos- The Germans and Danes were ' eye- ~sed to have a bit of fun . at t he dish-wash- tumes , to o, were ve ry colourful. The ladies catch ing in their state ly-l ooking and multi Ing . The Czechs and Irish ,were best to wo re their hair in long pony-tails .( I won- coloured, multi beaded costumes as they give a he lp ing hand In washing up . .... •• - •• •• -•• -.. ••••• • •••••• •••••• •• •••• • •• • ••••• •• • • I ~ The Yugos lavs were not highly regarded by our bean a' ti, who said that they were Annual Subscription for "Treoir" I too slow about the job. The Germans and Da nes d id no t offer the ir services ~t all. Fo r an Annual Subscription of 10/ - (or 3$ to America) "Treoir" will be sent directly to you Use thi s Fclrm , please: DAY'S PROGRAMME , The us ua l da ily programme was as fol - I lows:- Name. . From 10.30 to 12 noon Groups perform i at various point s along the promenade ; I Lunch at 12 .30 ; from 3 to 5-Groups per- Address .. ; for m at open-air platform in front of town i Cas in o; Dinner at 6; and from 8.30 to : 10.30 Groups perform indoors in the Ca- I sino . Any free hours we had were spent lbscript ion . swimming or playing ball, etc. (I) on the beach . A great time was had by all and many a tear was shed when we were say- To: sw e a • • • 6 Sraid Fhearchair, Balle Atha Cli8th 2. "Treotr," Ing our good-byes to new found friends in ... _ • • Middelkerke . ". -.'. "'---. --------..- - , -- Samhai n/ No ll aig , 1970 , TREOIR 23 IS TRUA GAN MI5' SASANA Is trua gan nils ' I Sauna, .a bhFrainnc no Ina an Spalnn No thall ina na Siar Indlachalbh mar a gconalonn MAIRE NI MHONGAIN ilIo ghra ban Agus Malre an chuil dualalgh ' na aul " dlr mo dh. Bhi triur mac agam a bhl ollle lolgthe laimh , Agus Is gearr ba Ion do", lad , eead faraor "e.r A ' s go mbeinn-se gha breagsdh go h-elrl an la bh.ln D' fhag si ad a ndrlofur bochl 89 alleadh cieor. G.ch aon la Domhnaigh agu8 maldln LUlln Nuair a luim ar mo leabs nil lualmhne .. ' Slam le NI ralbh sulm ar blth 898m 8an mac ab olge fail , ' Ci ba laghach an leonlnln e Peadar feln Thaini g arraing i n mo Ihaolbh dhe .. sgus loll $I mo Ach an mac ba shine aca se chra go mor me lar. , Oochtuiii na cruinne ' s iad uila le fail , Agus mi ni beo me le cumhe na ndeldh. Nil '''0' leighees ag an meld sin ach ag Malre an Mo Pheadar mhulrneach bhl ollla mulnla chuil bhaln, A chuaidh ar chunnter le t>helth nl08 learr Bhi gnaol na gcomharsan air fad's bhl le "urn, .. Is fada me ag imeacht ar thuairisc mna 11. Is' ba mhalth an cunlolr e .,,,uigh le Sean Ji. macsamhail ni fhaca ..e i mballe na I dllr, Ta suil le Dia egam go bh f.lghe se lomlachl No go bhfaca me an alsld·bhean ar Ihaobh Cnuic na Agu. fortun ,cumhachlach 0 R,I na , nGrast Si, ,4; t habharfas abhalle chug ham e si an gan conlulrt ' S a grua'i g ' na Iri dualalgh gha sguabadh le gaolth , Mar is 'r.o r mo chumha i ndia i dh mo mhalcln bhaln. Gheall mo slor ,cead dam is dha mhile bo, Is c a bhfuil Irue In El rlnn nlos mo na me:, ' S gheall si ' na dhua l gh sin go ndeanladh si leach I nd i~ i d h an ch ead mhlc a ch ra mo chrol .~ mor, Ise bheilh i Sasana ' gus mise bheith sa Spalnn , Ag g ui De is ag deanamh del;ce ' 5 go n-ealoinn i n mo lei ne le M aire an chull bhaln . I, nl bhaghaim aon sceal ua idh ar mhuir na ar Ihlr Nu alr a fheicim·se gach bean aca ' s a gelann le cella Caillim mo reasun agus meabhalr mo chlnn Ach I 'delr. mo she anchais I. mo chomhra deanla MAIDIN FHOGHMAI~ Agus smld nl labh arfha i dh me go dtelgh me I gclll. Is nach beag a ngollleann mo ghalar dubhach air o maid in chiuin cheodhmhar d 'eirigh me san bhFoghmhar Is a !iachlai bron a' gabhall Iri mo chrol Ce ca sadh ins an rod liom ach gra gea,l mo chrol? Thainig linneas orm is chaill me moran Nuair a dhearc me ar a broga 0 shll ' .. e na deora, ' Gus d ' I. " me Iri poig ln 0 slo irln mo chrol. Is 'nil luach na conra agam anoia laraor SEAMUS 0 DUBHTHAIGH NI, he sin i s mean Jlom Is a chra go mor me No go ndearna me posadh 8r als aria o buachaillin og me ' la bralh or dhul a phosadh , Bh ain se an chlann diom a bh l ollle loighle MOORLOUGH MARY A 's ni dheanlai dh me aon chona i go bhlalgh me mo Ta m ul rl" mhor orm Is me go 189 ns gelonn . mhi a n. . The fi rs t I saw of my Moorlough Mary , Go bhlillfidh tus a a slolrin a' s do mhalalrt ni phos- Was on a fa ir day in sw eet Strabane . fai nn . Her charm ing smile it w as so engaging , Go si ntear ins an geill me, 's uir os mo chionn . ' S c a bhlu ll Irua I nElrinn ach mac Is malhelr All olher fai r mai ds she di d t repan , A dhul i bhfan ar 8 chelJe cholche Her kill in g eye s, sure Ihey hava me blinded , Chuaidh se go Sa88na san arm Galld. No peace I find either night or day , Gan lios a phal ach beagan bla, From qul el slumber I rise in wonder, o mi se ala bronach 's me ag siul thrld na moInta Saying : " Moorlough Mary will you Come away? " Ta an arralng go Irom !rom ag dui Ihrld _ lar, Da 'n ba I mBalle na Cille agam a bheadh 8 chnamha Nua ir a chuimhnighim ar an mbolhar, ' bhl me ag Ni bheinn chomh dubhchrioch , na a lealh, 'na dhlaldh From Moorlough banks I will never w ander ' U! le mo mhlan-sa ; Ach mo chulg c ead beannachl leal go Rlochl na Wh ere heifers graze on yon pleasanl hill ; Ach ta si a9 fear eile posta , a mhic Mhuire , nach e Wh ere l a,nbkins sporting , fair maids resorting , an Iruagh , "Grast. The t imorous hare and blue healher bell, NUBl r nach bhfull se I ndan dom thu fhelceal colche I ' ll press my chee se and my wool I ' ll lease , And my ewes I ' ll milk al Ihe eve 01 day ; Th ',;! hurling moor-cock and lark allures me ; THE PRIDE OF ERIN'S From bonny Moorlough I ' ll neve r stray . THE TANYARD SIDE GREEN SHORE I ' ll go down yon woodland to my situ alion Whe re recreallon i s all in vi ew , I am a rambling hero and by love I am belrayed One evening of late as I rambled By the banks of a c lear w i nd ing stream , On Ihe river Mourne where Ihe salmon sporting , Near to the lown of Balllnglasi Ihere dwells a And ecnoes sounding bring somelhlng new. lovely maid , I sal by a bed of primroses She '. fairer Ihan Hypalla brl ghl , she's free from And genlly fell Inlo a dream . The thrush and goldfinch will joi n In chorus When notes melodious ring liskea Brae , earthly pride, ", . I dreaml I beheld a fair maiden , Her equal I ne ' er saw before , To Ihe sweet Loch shore then Iwould reslore you She ' . a darling maid and her dwelling pl ace Is by Saying : 11 Moorlough Mary will you come away?" the Tanyard side , ' And she sighed lor the plighl of her country, As she slrayed along Erln's Green Shore . Were I a man of great education I quickly addre ... ed thl. fair female And Ireland's nation . at my comntand, Her lovely ha i r In r·jnglets (are lies on her snow. "My jewel , come tell me your name, I ' d l ay my head on her snowy shoulder, white nec'k . For here In this land your ' re a stranger I In wedlock's portion I'd lake her hand . And the lenda, glanc.. 01 her aye would save • I'd enlertaln her bolh eve and morning ; ship from w'reck, ........ Or I would not have asked you the same . " She looked like the Goddess of Liberty, With robes I ' d deck her bolh rich and gay; Wllh kisses fragranl I would embrace her, Her two red lips so smiling wh ite , and her leelh ' , '0pearly And of Freedom Ihe mantle she wore, As she sighed for Ihe wrong. 01 her country, Saying : " Moorlough Mary will you come away?" Would make a man becoroe her slave down by the While she slrayed along Erln's Green Shore. Tanyard side , I know you ' re a Irue son 01 Gralnne, JIMMY MO MHILE STOR And my secrels 10 you I ' ll unfold , I court eously sa luted her and I viewed her o'er For here In Ihe midst of all danger Bllain an taca seo d' lmlgh ualm run mo chlelbh, and o ' er, I know not lIlY friends from my foes . NI th i ocfal dh' se abhalle go dtabharlaldh se cUria 'n And I said , " Ar. you Aurora bright descending I ' m a daughler 10 Daniel O'Connell I-saoll down below?" And from England I lalely crossed o'er, Nuair a feicfead e , rlthfead le fuinneamh ro· ard Ina " Oh , no , ki nd Sir, I ' m a maiden poor," she mo- • ~aye coma 1o awaken "'V brethren, chomhair . deslly replied , That slumber on Erin's Green Shor•. A ' s cludod le mil e , ' s e Jlmmy mo mhlle slor, .. And I dally labour lor my bread down by Ihe Tanyard side, Her eyes were like two sparkling diamond. Or the stars 01 a cold , Irosly night ; Bionn mo mhathair is nI'athalr 8g bearradh Is 8g Her cheeks were like Iwo blooming roses , brulon 1101'0 leln , And her leelh 01 a pearly while. Taim gl obalthe , pl ocallh. , clapalthe cralte ' m shaol, So for twelve long years we courted 1111 al lenglh She resembled Ihe Goddess of Freedom , Thuga. laitneamh' don ' duln ' ud dob fh lnne ' s dob we did agree The one Ihal Ihe palrlots adore , al lle sno For to acquaint our parenls and marri ed we W<)uld be , Bound round with the shamrock and roae., A 's chualgh se ar bord lolnge , ' s e Jlmmy mo mhlla Thai grew alonfi Erin's Green Shore. stor, But 't w as Ihen her cruel falher 10 me proved most' unkind , I n transport. of Joy I awoke , Wh ich makes me 'sail across 'the ,sea and leave' my And found It was only a dream; Rachads8 ch un collie ' gus caithfead ann an chuld , love behind . '" • For Ihe beautllul Virgin had vanished , eile dem ' shaol , And I longed lor 10 sfumber again. San alt na beidh ainne , ag el.leachl le caul na n-ean May Ihe heavens above be her guardian, Ag bun an chralnn chaorthalnn mar a bhfa.. nn ann Farewell , my aged parents , to you I 'b id adie u., For I know I shall see her no mora. fe ar go leor 1 I ' m crossing Ihe main ocean all lor Ihe sake 01 you, May Ihe sunbeams 01 !llo;y shine o'er her Ag tabhalrt lalthni mh lion duin' ud , ' s a Jlmmy mo Bul 11 ever I rei ur,n 'again I'll make thl. girl my bride, As she strays along Erin's Green Shore. mhlle stor, And I ' ll roll her In my arms down by Ihe Tanyard si de ., r (Priotcd by S:c:cr S'03. , D ~': ' s Road , C:on mel , Co . Ti pperary) ,.