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  • Northside East

Musician’s celebrations launched

Monday, 11th March, 2019 7:59am
Musician’s celebrations launched

Pictured at the launch were Helen O’Donnell, Fingal Libraries; Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gráinne Maguire; Deirdre Roche, Seamus Ennis Centre; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin; Betty Boardman, County Librarian; and Ivor Browne. PHOTO: SON PHOTO

Musician’s celebrations launched

Pictured at the launch were Helen O’Donnell, Fingal Libraries; Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gráinne Maguire; Deirdre Roche, Seamus Ennis Centre; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin; Betty Boardman, County Librarian; and Ivor Browne. PHOTO: SON PHOTO

FINGAL Libraries is to partner with an arts centre in the Naul for a year of centenary celebrations to mark the birth of Séamus Ennis 100 years ago.

The Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations were launched at Fingal County Hall in Swords by piper Ronan Browne, along with special guests. 

The evening featured a performance from talented pipers on Séamus Ennis’ pipes and the reminiscences of people who knew him, including Ivor Browne.

Born 100 years ago, Séamus Ennis transformed the lives of those lucky enough to have known him. A world-class musician, singer, raconteur, mimic and linguist, he was also renowned as a folklore collector for the Irish Folklore Commission. 

In a society rapidly becoming culturally indifferent, where the collection of surviving folklore was of paramount importance, the 23-year-old Séamus embarked on his first field trip for the Folklore Commission with little more than pen, paper, tin-whistle and bicycle. 

The songs, music and lore he collected now form part of the National Folklore Collection held in UCD. 

Séamus Ennis continued to perform in public up to his death in 1982.

A series of concerts and presentations in honour of Séamus, curated by Ronan Browne, will take place in Fingal Library branches throughout the year and at the Fingal Festival of History in Swords Castle this October. 

The next event in the series is Music and Madness – Ronan Browne in Conversation with Ivor Browne, which takes place at Blanchardstown Library on April 26 at 2pm.

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