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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Stellar musicians pipe up for Willie Clancy tribute

Gordon Deegan

FIDDLERS, pipers and tin whistle players from around the country and beyond descended on the west Clare village of Miltown Malbay over the weekend, to celebrate the start of the 40th annual Willie Clancy Summer School.

Two figures who have given so much to the tradition were celebrated yesterday. At the grave of Willie Clancy, musicians gathered for the now annual celebration of the late piper. And the man who would normally be organising events was celebrated last night at the first Muiris O Rochain memorial concert.

Co-founder of the school, the 67-year-old Dingle native, had been central to its success. Last year, illness prevented Muiris from taking an active role in the school and he died last October.

Last night, in the community hall, a stellar line-up from the world of Irish traditional music played at the memorial concert.

Irish Independent

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