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Mary Brennans Favourite


Mary Brennan’s Favourite (Hornpipe)


Mary Brennan (1855 – 1928) (married name Keane) was John’s Grandmother. We believe she was a concertina player and she grew up on Scattery Island. You can read more about John’s time on Scattery Island here.

Number 55 in book. From Ceol Rince na hÉireann: Breandán Breathnach got this tune from John Kelly Senior. “Óna máthair fuair an Ceallach iad seo; óna mathair fuair sise iad. Ba uathu a hainmníodh iad.” “John Kelly senior got these tunes from his mother, who got them from her mother. They named the tunes.”

Credit: Family photo of Mary Brennan. Circa early 20th century. 

Credit: Photo of John’s copy of Ceol Rince where he writes “My Grandmother” above the tune.


John Kelly playing Mary Brennan's on the fiddle

Details: John Kelly Senior playing Mary Brennan’s Favourite on the fiddle. From “Ceol an Chláir” album from 1978. Recoded in Cultúrlann na hÉireann.

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


Notated from above audio.


Mary Brennans Favourite