Saturday 20 December 2014

Horn player Patrick to get Feis Ceoil medal – 79 years after winning gold

Michael Staines

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

Patrick Feekery (91) with a picture of himself aged 12 when he won a gold medal in the Feis Ceoil
Patrick Feekery (91) with a picture of himself aged 12 when he won a gold medal in the Feis Ceoil
Patrick Feekery, aged 12
Patrick Feekery, aged 92

A 91-YEAR-old man is set to be honoured for taking gold in the Feis Ceoil – 79 years after winning the competition.

Patrick Feekery, then a 12-year-old French horn virtuoso with the Artane Boys Band, came first for his rendition of Thomas Moore's, 'Weep on, Weep on,' in the 1935 Feis.

He never laid eyes on his medal, however, before it was lost in a fire at the Artane Industrial School in 1969.

"I remember the day I won it," said Mr Feekery. "There was a man from the paper who took my photograph outside the old Independent house on Abbey Street."

Mr Feekery put down the horn when he got his trade as a plasterer and it was only after he entered a care home earlier this year that he began to wonder what had happened to his medal.

The family contacted Tony Doherty, from the Artane Band, who upon hearing the story, confirmed everything with the Feis and set the wheels in motion for a special ceremony next Sunday that will see Mr Feekery presented with a new one-off medal and his certificate from 1935.

Mr Feekery said that he was delighted with the prospect of getting a new medal.

"Well I mean, I won it when I was 12-and-a-half and now I'm pushing 92 so it's hard to cope with it all," he said.

"But I think it's a great thing. It's going to be a big day for everybody."

Irish Independent

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