Brian Cunningham talks about growing up in Connemara and his new show
Johnny Connolly was born on the now-abandoned island of Inis Bearacháin, off Leitir Móir in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Once, when he was about nine or ten, with his parents away at the currach races in Leitir Móir, he got his hands on his older brother’s melodeon. Soon he was playing a tune on it. By [...]
By Ronan Nolan
“I’m a vagabond from Eireann’s isle Sunburnt thumb stuck up in the air”
Singer, songwriter and artist Joe Dolan who died on January 7, 2008, was a founder member of Sweeney’s Men. The prefix ‘Galway’ Joe Dolan was later applied for late night clarity to distinguish him from the showband singer Joe Dolan of [...]
More praised than rewarded in his native country, Seosamh O hEanaigh (Joe Einniu) was a great sean-nós singer from Conamara.
He was born in An Aird Thoir near Carna, in the Co Galway Gaeltacht, in 1919. Carna still has a rich tradition of storytelling and singing. Among Seosamh’s neighbours was his lifelong friend*, another accomplished singer, [...]