Saturday 23 September 2017

Willie Clancy School co-founder O’Rochain passes away reporters

MUIRIS O’ Rochain, one of the founders of the annual Willie Clancy Summer School in Co Clare, has passed away.

The Dingle, Co Kerry native had been ill for some time.

A qualified teacher, he taught in Cahersiveen and Waterville before moving to Dublin.

There he met his wife Una Guerin, a Clare native and they later settled at Spanish Point where he also taught.

But Mr O’Rochain is best known for his work as director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, named after the legendary piper.

After Mr Clancy’death he founded the school with Martin Talty and Harry Hughes in 1973.

In 2001, he was selected as President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and is credited with making a massive contribution to Irish traditional music.

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