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Brendan Mulkere (1942-2020)

 

I was on my first solo trip to Ireland to compete in the 1977 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis - after a successful Fleadh, I had a notion to head over to London for a long weekend before going…

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This land...

This land is your land 
This land is my land 
This land is Brown land 
This land is Black land 
This land is White land 
This land is Native land 
This land was made for you and me...

Kevin Henry (1929-2020)

Years back in the corner confessional of the 6511 Club I was with Kevin Henry, his wife Pauline, the late Brendan & Theresa Williams — and behind the counter bartending, bantering, and holding court, was the late Jack Finan…

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John Prine - Rest in Paradise

Side B, Cut 7 

I met John Prine in Dublin many years ago at a hotel where I was staying — it was at the in-house late night ‘disco’ where one went for a drink a few minutes after the…

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Ed Ward...

Just learned the sad news that Edward J. Ward passed away earlier this morning. 

Two weeks ago Ed and Catherine Ward opened their home and hearts to Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, and myself to be with Ed as…

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My lovely Kerrywoman...

My dear Mom, Mary, the "Kerrywoman" passed away on Monday morning. We spent a lot of time together over the past few years as she entered this final journey with dementia as her backpack. She was a delight to…

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John Fron (1945-2018)

It is often said that you can’t choose your neighbors - but if you are as lucky as Susie and I were in this regard, you may end up with the best as we did with John and Vicki Fron…

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Margie Dennehy (1936-2017)


Saddened to learn of the passing of Margie Dennehy on Sunday evening. Margie, along with her late husband Dennis, were co-founders of Dennehy Irish Dance. Margie was its heart and soul and was one of the nicest and kindest people…

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McGowan...

a year ago this past Saturday we had our last conversation McGowan. Well, it was by text so didn't really count, although I did enjoy watching you attempt to do so with those big semi-mangled fingers atop the innocent clamshell…

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May 13th...

"Would you be using your spade today? To tell you the truth I'm not. 
For I lent it to you fifty-five years ago and since then I never saw it." ;-))

Myself and my Granddad Paddy Lyne taken in New

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Bobby Sands (March 9, 1954 - May 5, 1981)

"They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is

Maureen O'Looney

Much has been written today about the passing of the forever-young 92-year-old Maureen O'Looney, affectionately known as "Mother Ireland" amongst other titles of love and gratitude bestowed upon her during her 60 plus years of living in Chicago.

Maureen…

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Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.

-- Samuel Beckett

Jimmy McGowan

Jimmy McGowan (July 24, 1956 - July 20, 2014)
  Jimmy McGowan died a few moments ago. He was surrounded by his loving family. He would have turned 58 on Thursday. He would have teed off at nine this morning --…Read more