Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 18, Page 5

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 18, Page 5
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(120)5This I know personally.From Cork I have heard that Thompson was little ifanything behind Stephenson while some say he wasjust as good. He was well known in County Cork infact born at Clonakilty, but removed to Shanagoldenwhen quite young. Now Bernie ODonovan was learningpiping under Thompson who he admitted could notcompare at all in execution with Delaney.The latter although pulled out of obscurity and be-friended for more than a fourth of a century by yourstruly proved an ingrate, and I have none of his re-cords though I sent some years. ago to Dr. HenebryI think. And that reminds me that I sent a dozenfrom Touhey and a dozen from John McFadden our besttraditional fiddler to his Reverence January 1911.He has not vet found time to acknowledge theirreceipt. From Mr. Wayland I know they arrivedsafely - and there you are for courtesy not to mindgratitude.There is not even a remnant of the Irish Music Club left.Few of the members are on speaking terms. The littleprodigy Selena ONeill is now to the fore at Publicentertainments.Trusting you will excuse this rambling letter as mymind is as inactive as my arm, I remain, yours mostsincerely. Francis ONeill.0-000000MARTTN RFILLY PIPERThe account given above appeared in An Claidheamh Soluis, March7th, 1903 and was probably written by Eamonn Ceannt. Reillywas born a few miles outside Galway in 1 29, I was ten yearsold the night of the big wind. Born blind, his parents decidedto make a piper of him and he received his first lesson On thepipes from a first cousin, James Reilly. He travelled aroundIreland with another piper and later operated a dancing houseuntil about 1 0 when, meeting clerical disapproval, he wasforced to close it. He could play seven days and seven nightswithout repeating himself. Two of his pieces were noteworthy,The Fox Chase and The Battle of Aughrim. In the latterpiece, after the noise of battle, is heard the widows lament,Mv son, my own true son, m v white-haired son, that is thelament of the women among the slain. The survivors marchedhome to the strains of Brian Borus March. Discovered byPatrick McNally, Martin was brought to Dublin in 1901 where hetook first prize in the Feis Ceoil. Later that year and In thefollowing year he came first in the Oireachtas. His photo rep-roduced with this article appeared in some editions of ONeillsDance Music of Ireland. He composed one reel, The Fair Maidsof Oran Hill.Brendan Breathnach .
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