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Moveen Reel


Moveen Reel

Played by a man called Martin McMahon, Played with the reel (Mary Delaney). Source for notated version: “Cronin” [O’Neill]. Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin was originally from Limerick Junction, Tipperary, where he was born in the 1840’s. Cronin was a superb fiddler, according to O’Neill, who was the source for numerous tunes in the O’Neill collections. ” Moveen is an townland in West Clare, not too far from John Kelly’s home in Rehy West. Is this the Wild Irishman by Paddy O’Brien?


The Moveen (Reel)


John Kelly Senior attributed this tune to a man from West Clare called Martin McMahon from Moveen, as per Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann recording below.

Tune also known as “The West Clare Reel” and “The Flowing Bowl”.

He also states that he heard this tune being played a lot by Delia Crowley. Delia Crowley (1898 – 1966) was a concertina player from a townland called Gowerhass just outside of Kilrush in West Clare.

I believe that Delia is buried in Kilkeevan (Breffa) Cemetary in Kilrush. Her tombstone reads: “In loving memory of Delia McMahon nee Crowley, Moyadda died 6th May 1966 aged 68 her husband James died 20 May 1986 aged 88 years. R.I.P Erected by her husband and family. McMAHON.” Link

Credit: The village of Moveen in West Clare from December 22, 1849 issue of The Illustrated London News. Link.


Joe Ryan and John Kelly playing 3 Reels: Gerry Comane’s, The Moveen, and Stay Another While in 1987.

Credit: RTÉ, “The Mountain Lark”, 1987. Video posted by Ciarán Kelly, Facebook. Link


John Kelly Senior, James Kelly, John Kelly Junior playing The Moveen (The West Clare Reel) and Mary Delaney's.

Credit: RTÉ, “The Pure Drop”, Balliferriter, Co. Kerry. 1987.


John Kelly Senior, James Kelly, John Kelly Junior. The Pure Drop, Ballyferriter, 1987. Playing The Moveen (The West Clare Reel) and Mary Delaney’s.

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


John Kelly Senior playing The Moveen & Mary Delaney's.

“That…them 2 tune now…That was a clare setting of the first one. Twas known all over, but we had no name for it but one woman used to play it called Delia Crowley, From your country down there. She was married to James McMahon and I called it after her. The second was an invention I think fo Seamus Ennis or his father. Twas a lovely pipe tune. I’m sure ye have it still. They came from a long distance from each other.”

Credit: Barry Taylor Collection, Tape 002 – Playing the Moveen then The Market Day.


Tune notated from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann recording above.