Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 22, Page 2
Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 22, Page 2
Na Píobairí Uilleann
LORD ROSSMORE ANDPADDY CONNEELYIn his book Twenty YearsRecollections of an IrishPolice Magistrate (Dublin880, pp 337-8), FrankThorpe Porter tells of ameeting between the fam-ous Ga lway piper, PaddyConneely, and Lord Ross-more, an a lmost equallyfamous gentleman piper,from Co. Monaghan. Theymet when Conneely wasengaged to play at a dinnergiven by the state dentistof the time, Patrick Brophyat his house in DawsonStreet. Porter does notsay when the dinner wasgiven, but sometime in thel830s seems likely. Brophyplayed the fiddle; Porterwrites that he confined him-self to jigs and reels, andlively Irish airs; he alsomentions visiting Brophvone night, and finding himplaying with two one-leggedstreetfiddlers in the kitchen.Conneelys insistence thatRossmore was a professionalpiper that Brophy hadbrought in to make a foolof him, suggests that Ross-more was an excellentplayer; all accounts ofConneely agree that he wasan excellent piper, and thathe felt that Rossmoresplaying rivalled his own isa tribute to the lattersability.The late Lord Rossmorewas very intimate withBrophy, who was certainlynot singular in admiring themany amiable and agreeablequalities invariably evincedby his noble friend. On oneoccasion Pat had engaged a1st rate player on the !rishpipes named Connoloy orConeely to enliven upwardsof a dozen guests by hisdelectable music. He wastotally blind and was on achair in a corner of theparlour, where he playedwhilst we were dining buthe had been previouslysupplied with a plentifulrepast. In the course ofthe evening, Brophy had asmall table placed beforethe piper, and said that hehad afforded us great plea-sure, but he should take a.little rest, unyoke the pipesand have a tumbler of punchwhich was made by Brophyand put just at his hand.Almost immediately CaptainToosey Williams urged LordRossmore to take the pipesand favour us with a tuneor two. We all joined inthe request to his Lordshipand he acceded to ourwishes and played severalpieces of exquisitely sweetmusic interspersed the mostextraordinary imitations. Inone, which was named TheHare in the Corn, he pro-duced soUnds very muchresembling the cry ofharriers and other toneslike the notes of a huntinghorn, terminating with twoor three simulated squeaks,supposed to indicate thecapture of the hare. Hethen proceeded to play thebeautiful Scotch air YeBanks and Braes of BonnieDoon?, to which we werelistening with great delight,when the blind piper rosefrom his seat and exclaim-ed with furious indignation: I did not expect such treat-ment from any peoplecalLing them selves gentle-men. It was a mostscandaLous shame to bringme, a poor dark man, hereto be humbugged as youare trying to do, calling onMy Lord to yoke my pipesand play for ye. He is asmuch a Lord as F am my-self; the devil a lord everplayed as he does, hesnothing but a rale piper.Its not honest or decent totry and deceive me, butyou cant do k.Brophy succeeded in pacify-ing the enraged musician byadmitting that the perfor-mer was a real piper, andwe had two or three tunesmore. Conoltys indignationproduced very great merri-ment amongst us, and noone enjoyed it more thanthe noble object of hiscensure. Sean Donnelly.WILLIE CLANCY SUMMERSCHOOL 1984The attendance at the PipeClasses was down a gooddeal on 983 and becauseof this classes were smallerresulting in more individualattention for pupils. Thosewho attended were verypleased with the classes.Undoubtedly the work putinto the organising earlierin the year paid off anddespite the poor attendanceat the grading on the Sun-day evening, it acted as abasis on which to build onthe Monday when manymore student pipers arrived.The Piping exhibition inthe Community Hall wasinteresting and well laidout, the exhibition areabeing ideally suited for thepurpose. A lively additionwas the piping which gavelife and interest and drewlisteners on a fairly Largescale. The workshop attra-cted the usual numbers ofdedicated reed-makers andwith many competent inst-ructors present, one couldnot fail to improve.All-in-all the pipingclasses were very successfuland we look forward tomaking them as good orbetter next year. Thanksare due to the teachers andsuggestions from tcachersor ptjpiis will be mostwelcome.HALF-SET FOR SALEor SWOPMr Conroy o [ s andbawn,N4enagh, Co. Tipperary, isinterested in swopping anAlan Ginsberg half-set fora concert flute. He mightconsider selling them, soany enquiries can be- direc-ted to him at the aboveaddress.
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