Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 41, Page 22

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 41, Page 22
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22Tom White was from Ballyclumack,Newbawn, co. Wexford, where heworked for many years in the Talbotgarage. His father was a farmer and also apiper, and played a set that had been obtainedfrom one of the big houses in the locality.In his youth, with the exception of SamAtkinson, there was very little piping activityin his area. Tom took part in the early meet-ings and tionóil of NPU and took an interestfirst in reed-making and then in making theinstrument himself. Having learned the basicsof reed-making and repairs from DanO’Dowd, Tom began assisting Dan at theWillie Clancy Summer School, and soondecided to try his hand at making sets fromscratch, his experience gained as an engineerin the UK coming in very useful.His aim was to try to turn out a civilised ‘par-lour’ instrument at reasonable cost, and hehelped many beginners to get started. He wasconnected with the Wexford mummers andalso attended the Eisteddfod in Wales. He willbe missed by his many friends throughoutIreland.Tomás de hÍde was also a long-standingmember of NPU, and a regular attender atour tionóil, where he could always be heardon one of the quieter moments of the week-end, usually the Sunday morning, playing hisfavourite airs on the bag and chanter.He had worked all his life as a lighthousekeeper, and was a quiet, gentle man. Whilenever seeking attention for himself, he was astaunch supporter of all piping events. Hispresence was almost an essential part of thetionól, and his absence will be mourned.~ Obituaries ~Tom White and Tomás de hÍdeTom White Tomás de hÍdeTerry MoylanP. A. Carroll collection
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