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Breandán Breathnach


Breandán Breathnach (1912-1985) was an uilleann piper, writer and organizer. He is probably best known as a music collector through his series of traditional music collections ‘Ceol Rince na hÉireann‘. He was from the Liberties area of Dublin and was immersed in the traditional music scene throughout his life.

The two men first met when John moved to Dublin in the 1940’s. John always referred to Breathnach as Brendan Walsh (the English language version of his surname), which he pronounced as ‘Welsh’.

Brendán collected approximately 27 tunes from John which were included in ‘Ceol Rince na hÉireann‘.

Photo Details: Breandán Breathnach. ‘Dal gCais‘ magazine Volume 8 from 1986.

Credit: Oidhreach an Chlár. Link.


Photo Details: First edition of Ceol Rince na hÉireann given to John Kelly by Breandán Breathnach. 1964.

Credit: John Kelly Senior’s copy of Ceol Rince na hÉireann. 

Details: John Kelly Senior’s fiddle class. Location: Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay. Date: 1970’s.

Credit: John Kelly Junior personal collection.

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Breandán Breathnach