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Monday 19 November 2018

Children captivated by musical wizard, John

Cillian and Daragh Sheahan with their Grandfather John in Dundalk Grammar Junior School
Cillian and Daragh Sheahan with their Grandfather John in Dundalk Grammar Junior School

Margaret Roddy

Legendary fiddle player John Sheahan who played with the world famous Irish band The Dubliners dropped into Dundalk Grammar School to speak to the junior school pupils about his life and work as a musician.

Principal Ms Elaine Lai explained: 'John has two grandchildren at the school and often comes to collects them so we invited him him to come in and have a chat with the pupils'.

A rapt audience of pupils aged four to 12 years listened as John told them about how he had started playing the tin whistle while he was at primary school.

He explained to them how he composes music and how he finds inspiration in everyday sounds such as birdsong or even a baby yawning!

He played a couple of tunes including 'Eoin's Baroque' which he had composed for his son whose children Darragh and Cillian attend the school, and 'The Marino Waltz'.

'It was an absolutely delightful talk and he got all the children involved,' added Ms Lait.

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