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Mikey Callaghan’s

Jigs

Mikey Callaghan’s

One of the tunes that John Kelly Senior gave to Brendan Brethnach. On seoda ceoil album on fiddle “A fiddler from Rehy, and they are old Clare single jigs, commonly played for the 5th figure of the Clare set”

Name

Mikey Callaghan’s (Jig)

About

One of the tunes that John Kelly Senior gave to Brendan Brethnach for Ceol Rince na hÉíreann, Cuid 3, First edition, 1985, Number 51, Page 23.

John played this tune on the fiddle for the Gael-Linn “Seoda Ceoil” album from 1978 and the sleeve notes state that Mikey Callaghan was: “A fiddler from Rehy, and they are old Clare single jigs, commonly played for the 5th figure of the Clare set”.

Photo Details: Date: circa 1959/60, Location: Callaghan home, Rehy West, Co. Clare. (Next door to John’s home house).

L-R: Mrs. Carrick (Mikey’s sister), Mrs. Hassett (Mikey’s sister), Mary Callaghan (Mikey’s wife), Gerard Callaghan (Mikey’s son), Mikey Callaghan & Mr. Carrick (Mikey’s brother-in-law).  

Photo courtesy of Patricia King, Mikey’s daughter.

About Mikey

Michael (Mikey) Callaghan was born circa 1904 to a large family in the neighbouring townland of Lisheenfurroor which is about 10km from John’s home house. Mikey is listed as one of 14 children to Martin & Margaret Callaghan in the 1911 census, 11 of which were still living. Mikey was the second youngest child.

In 1927 Mikey married only child Mary Lynch and then moved to Rehy West, to a house that is a 5-minute walk from John’s home and took over the farm there. Mikey & Mary went onto have 7 children together, 4 boys and 2 girls and another girl who died at a young age.

Details: Census 1911 for Callaghan home, Lisheenfuroor. Link.

In July 2021, I visited Patricia Troy, Mikey’s daughter in her home only a few kilometers from her home house to ask her about her life growing up and her father.

She remembers John being a regular visitor to her house to see her Dad when she was very young. She recalls he would mostly come over for a chat but sometimes they would play together.

Patricia recalled her mother talking about John, saying he was always so anxious to learn tunes all the time.  She recalled her mother telling a story about a time when John was trying to learn a tune he was obviously having trouble with and then went into the other room in the house and sat on the floor to learn the tune in peace.

Mikey sadly passed away on the 13th of September, 1986 at the age of 82 and is buried in Kilballyowen Graveyard in Cross, Co. Clare.

Photo Details: Mikey Callaghan’s house in Rehy West, Co. Clare. Taken July 2021 by Aoife Kelly.

Photo Details: Grave of Mikey (Michael) Callaghan. Source: findagrave.com 

Audio

John Kelly Senior playing Mikey Callaghan’s Jig on the fiddle.

Audio Details: Location: Cultúralann na hÉireann. Date: 1968.

Credit: © Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Séamus MacMathúna Sound Collection.. Link

John Kelly Senior says “What about that auld jig, that eh, Mikey Callaghan’s jig.”

Notation

Notated from above recording.