Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 5

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 8, Page 5
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(67)5Nothing was arranged for Sunday except the annual meeting, so I took the opportunity toexplore the grounds. They were really beautiful, the gardens and walks and the greenhousewhere I discovered the most magnificent and lovely six-foot tall carnations.After the meeting people began to depart home. The only hitch in the weekend occurredhere when in the ate afternoon those who had not gone yet were ravenous for something toeat, and there was nothing to be got. This is something which should not have happened,and wll not next year. Apart from this, however, everyone I spoke to was of the opinionthat the weekend was a great step forward and a milestone in the development of theSociety. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it immensely and left Termonfechin lookingforward to the following years gathering.This is only the account of one member, and I have undoubtedly missed a lot that shouldhave been included, but this is due to the fact that I had not yet learned the knack of beingin six different places at once, but, having since acquired this ability, if I again write ofan annual Tionol , I shall leave out nothing.____ T. Moylan.THE LIMERICK PHavertys painting depicting a blind piper playing with knees crossed at the foot of a treeand a young girl with pensive gaze sitting with chin on hand before a small fire is knownfar and wide from the lithograph made for members of the Royal Irish Art Union. The sub-lect of the painting was a living piper, Padraig 0 Briain, and the young girl was hisdaughter. Strangely enough Haverty painted this picture twice. That from which the ArtUnion print was made is in Lissadell House. It was acquired by Sir Robert Gore Booth, avicepresident of the Union. The other is hanging in the National Gallery, in Dublin.Padraig 0 Briain was born at Leabasheeda, Co. Clare, around 1773. His parents werecomfortably off and as the youth showed an aptitude for learning he was left at schoollonger than usual. He was educated, we are told, by a writer in the Limerick Reporter(1856) as was the fashion among the peasantry of that day, at a college held in a neigh-bouring bog, commonly called a Hedge School. In this academy Horace, Sallust, Livyand Homer were in more requisition than the English grammar. His knowledge of Latin,the writer declared, he still retained to a respectable extent and he could put andanswer questions in that classic tongue. He had a thorough knowledge of Irish and wasnot deficient in English. He was afflicted by a cataract which resulted in total blindnessbefore the age of twenty six. He then turned to music for a livelihood and obtained aset of pipes. When his parents became impoverished as a result of several bad harvestshe moved to Limerick.o Briain took up his station at the Crescent near Harstoyne Street, where he wasknown by everyone. He was a great favourite with the soldiers of the nearby barracksand many a weary nurse had the cross little darling she was compelled to keep out forair and exercise, lulled into peace by 0 Briain s hunting chorus of his Madairin Rua.o Bri&n played every day until 8 or 9o clock. His favourite airs were Garryowen,TheFox Chase, Carolans Planxties.During the winter of 1855 he had a very bad fall, the effects of which with his extremeold age, completely prostrated him. He had some poetic ability and had composedseveral agreeable ballads. Referring to his own accident he saidGreat Haverty that painted mewill hear with sad emotionHis pipers fall, lust under the wallwhere he so long held his station.Padraig 0 Briain died on 1 December, 1856, and was buried the following day inKilquane Church yard.
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