TRIBUTES have been paid to accomplished traditional musician, Peadar OLoughlin of Culleen, Kilmaley, South Clare who died last week. Peadar, a Kilmaley native featured on earliest traditional music recordings and was the holder of a Lifetime Achievement award.
Regarded as a master in music, his achievements go back to the 1950’s, when he started playing with the Fiach Rua Ceili Band.
Best known as a concert flute player, he also played the uillean pipes and violin. Peadar received the TG4 Gradam Cheoil/Hall of Fame music-award in 2005. He was also a noted hurler and he lined out for Kilmaley, during his younger decades.
He experienced great enjoyment, when his two sons, Cathal and Ciaran continued that hurling tradition and later his two grandsons, Bryan and Sean have also flown the hurling banner.
Members of Kilmaley hurling club provided a guard of honour, while thousands turned out for the reposing of his remains at St. John’s church, Kilmaley.
The Cuil Aodha Choir travelled from west Cork, and under Peadar ORiada sung Peadar’s mass-celebration in Gaelic. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pat Larkin and was assisted by Canon Michael McLaughlin with others.
Peadar is survived by his wife, Beta and family members.
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