Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 12

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 12
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(31)Cumann na bPiobairiBaile Atha CliathI joined the Pipers Club in 1906 and continued as a member till it ceased to meet a few yearslater. The President was Edward Martin. His activities consisted in presiding at the AnnualGeneral Meetings and writing cheques as and when necessary. The Secretary was MichealDeegan, a Civil Servant in the Land Commission, to which he afterwards became Secretary.He was a fairly good piper and owned a set of Egan pipes that belonged previously to a Galwaypiper named McDonogh, the father of Mrs. Kenny, known as the Queen of Irish Fiddlers, anddeservedly so. The Treasurer was Peter McBrien, a War piper. He was a Civil Servant.Shortly after I joined he went to London.Eamonn Ceannt was the founder of the Club (on Christmas Eve 1899). He was a clerk in theDublin Corporation and was one of the signatories of the Proclamation of the Republic in1916. He was a good piper and a frequent attender at our meetings.Wm. Andrews came from Templeogue, Co. Dublin and was a pawnbroker in Copel Street.He was a brilliant piper and could cran, cut, and tip, etc. with the best. It was a realpleasure ro listen to him playing such tunes as Colonel Fraser, The Bucks of Oranmore, TheStar of Munster, The Four Courts, etc. He was the only piper I ever heard playing on adouble chanter and he could do it well.Ned Harrison, a Dubliner and the youngest in the Club except myself, was a very good piper.He had a grand set of pipes made by Bill Rowesome. Ned was one of the Irish group sentover to the St. Louis Exposition in 1907 and his father got the set especially made for theoccasion. They had four drones and four regulators and sounded like a small organ.Bill Dillon was a Clonmel man, a good piper whose favourite was The Maid behind the Bar(not the tune now called by that name).Paddy OCarroll, another memfer, was a school teacher and had taught in Enniscorthy, wherehe was also organist in the Cathedral. His pipes had a bell chanter, i.e. one with the bottomof the bore widened and shaped like a bell. This gave added resonance to the music.Two fiddlers also used to be playing with the pipers but I remember nothing about them exceptone of them was named OBeirne. And a very good flautist named Luccan played on a concertflute.Nicholas Markey from Meath was the pipe teacher. He was as good as the best though not asbrilliant in virtuousity as Andrews and had a beautiful style in humouring the different sortof dance tunes. He sat quite still while playing and played a bit on the slow side. Fr. SeanCorkery of Maynooth thinks he has Markeys pipes.The Club also taught Traditional. singing. A man named Donnelly from Kerry taught the class.He was a fine exponent of the Art and had a good voice as well as a large number of songs andbeautiful settings of the airs. His salary, 30/= per week, was paid by Marfyn.Another activity of the Club was the War Pipe Band, the first in Ireland for over 200 years.There were five members - Andrews and Kent mentioned above, Doran, P. Breathnach andP. McBrien. They wore what was known as the Brian Boru costume consisting of dark greentrius, dark green leine and red brat. The latter was held in position by a bra Broach on theleft shoulder and tucked under the leathern belt on the right. The costumes were the same asthose worn in Ireland in the time of Brian Boru (hence the name) and were made by Mrs.Eamonn Kent.The Club met on Tuesday nights in 41 Rutland Sq. and annual subs were 5/. All traditionalmusicians were honorary members.Seosamh Breathnach (Dublin)vvvvvvvvvvvvvv12An P .Loba..LLe. L s typ d ctnd p rL.ted b j Exc.e2 S Se z.v..Lce ..6,29 S nce.-t, VabtL t 2. Te epkon 64732.
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