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Legendary Kilmaley musician Peadar O’Loughlin passes away

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GIFTED Kilmaley musician Peadar O’Loughlin has passed away at the age of 87, after a long career as one of Co Clare’s most loved performers.

Born in the late 1920s, Peadar was the second youngest of 13 children and his home often hosted travelling musicians.

Peader was an exceptional performer, delighting audiences with the flute, fiddle and uileann pipes since the 1940s.

He featured on one of the first recordings of Irish traditional music an LP entitled “All Ireland Champions Violin” with Paddy Canny, PJ Hayes and Bridie Lafferty.

Peadar joined the Tulla Ceili Band in 1958, and featured on a number of other records throughout the years.

He was awarded the Gradam Saoil (Lifetime Achievement Award) by TG4 in 2005 and also featured as a master teacher at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.

Peadar’s funeral mass will take place in St John’s Church Kilmaley on Thursday at noon.

Take a minute to remember the legend here:

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

1 Comment

  1. Peadar -[Peter] O’Loughlin R.I.P.
    He was a neighbour-and a friendly music rival of my Father.
    Peadar played with The Tulla Ceili Band-
    My Father played with The Kilfenora Ceili Band.
    Many the time I went with my Father to Peadar’s House-or vice versa –
    often it was more stories & jokes than music.

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