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Thursday 2 October 2014

Millstreet regret at passing of Pecker

JOHN TARRANT

Published 03/01/2013 | 09:28

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The late Pecker Dunne (right) pictured with close Millstreet friend Noel Keating and international actor Sean McGinlay (left).

THE passing of renowned singer songwriter Pecker Dunne, before Christmas, caused regret in Millstreet and surrounding catchment areas.

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Known as one of the last travelling musicians, Pecker took up a base in a caravan at Keale Bridge outside Millstreet during many summers, using it as a base to busk in the Cork and Kerry region at festivals and sporting event in addition to performing in local pubs and houses.

Internationally, the voice, storytelling and musician that mastered the banjo, fiddle and mandolin performed in the UK, Australia and New York with The Dubliners.

Close Millstreet friend Noel Keating said Pecker had resided in Murphy's Terrace but spent many summers by the banks of the Blackwater at Keale Bridge.

"The Pecker mastered the art and craft of many an instrument, the mandolin, the fiddle and the banjo," said Noel. "He was distinctively known for his most precious of gifts, his voice, the envy of some of the world's most renowned rock, pop, folk and traditional singers.

"I had the pleasant task of busking with Pecker - outside Croke Park to the Rose of Tralee.

"His passing is regretted by so many, the messages and Mass cards, I received by so many have been passed onto his family", added Noel.

Pecker was born in his parents' horse drawn caravan in Castlebar in April 1932, and had resided in Killimer, Co Clare.

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