Saturday 29 April 2017

Thanks for the music, Ciaran

CIARAN Mac Mathuna was a national treasure. He lived a long and happy life and died "full of years and honour". A whole nation shares the grief of his family, but it is alleviated by admiration for his achievements.

He will be remembered with enormous affection by people of every generation for the warmth of his personality, his delightful rumbling voice, and the pleasure he gave to countless thousands.

The pleasure will continue indefinitely, for the music he collected with such assiduity and presented with such charm and ardour will always be available. But younger people may find it hard to grasp the scale of his achievement.

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