Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 20

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 20
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21Heinz was born in Berlin in 1910 anddied in Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny in2007. He lived a very full and activelife and was driving his own car up to the ageof 91. Having to depend on public transportleft him very restricted which annoyed himgreatly. He often said “you are nothing inIreland unless you have a car”.Heinz was a very talented person and coulddo anything he set his mind to. He was anexcellent woodworker, metal worker and ashrewd observer. His motto was “Steal – withyour eyes!” He sought out the best and thentried to emulate it.He first came to Ireland in 1978 for a holidayand fell in love with this country and with itsculture, in particular the Irish language andIrish music. He moved to Ireland in 1981. Hestarted to learn the uilleann pipes in his earlyseventies and made his own set with theadvice and assistance of some friends. Amongthese friends were Wilbert Garvin, TomWhite (RIP), Séamus MacMathúna andEugene Lambe. His determination knew nobounds. He often sat into the car with his wifeand drove non-stop to Kells, 25 miles north ofBelfast to visit his great friend, WilbertGarvin. On one such journey he was bookedtwice for speeding! Wilbert’s first encounterwith Heinz occurred when he literally arrivedat his door. Heinz was trying to photograph aparticular orchid on the shores of LoughNeagh and somehow found out that Wilbertwas a biologist. This led to a very warm andenduring friendship and he always got a warmwelcome when he travelled North.Heinz had a long and interesting career as anaeronautical engineer having worked forMcDonnell-Douglas, Boeing and Messer-schmidt. He was one of the designers of thefamous Messerschmidt fighter planes.Having decided to learn the uilleann pipes, hevisited Tommy Kearney in Dunmore East andbecame a regular caller for piping lessons. Headmired Tommy Kearney both as a personand as a master piper. Heinz attended manytionóil around Ireland where he took pipinglessons. He had a great admiration for allpipers but had a special grá for NollaigMacCárthaigh and Mick O’Brien. He diedlast December and is survived by hisdaughter, Helga, her husband Peter, andgrandchildren. He will be missed by his manyfriends. May he rest in peace.John Tuohy ~ Heinz Braun – 1910-2007 ~Aeronautical engineer, photographer, ice-skater, mountain climber,musician, uilleann piper, craftsman and great character!
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