Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 23

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 23
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23died Jim was invited to play on a number ofprogrammes in the late ’40s and early ’50s.Jim got married late in life and eventually, ashe said himself, it was the wife or the lathehad to go as they were now living in a smallhouse on the Donegall Road. The lathe wentto his pal Jack O’Rourke, who lived nearby inthe Broadway area of Belfast. They kept incontact but when Jack died Jim played hispipes less and less. Jim and his wife moved toMillisle and when his wife died he moved toDonaghadee.In 1984 Robbie Hannan made an RTE radioprogramme on the life of R.L. O’Mealy andinterviewed Jim, he being one of the few peo-ple left in the north who had known him.Other pipers Jim got to know over the yearswere William Hoey and Cecil Colville, bothfrom Kells, near Ballymena. Jim used to visitWilliam Hoey when he was on one of hismany fishing trips. William, who had been ateacher at Maxwell’s Walls Primary Schoolnear Kells, died a number of years ago and asfar as I know his wife Elizabeth donated hispipes to the Ulster Folk Museum.It’s sad to see Jim gone but it was great tohave met him and to have spent many happyhours in his company.And as a final tribute to a real gemtleman, Iplayed his pipes at his funeral service atDonaghadee Parish Church last year.Trevor StewartJim McIntoshTrevor Stewart
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