Michael @ Mamies (Day 39 Photo A Day 2012)

This is my friend Michael Herron who I went to St Joseph’s Secondary School Coalisland with in the 1970’s. Michael has a very successful Architect business in Coalisland based at Mamie’s Corner named after Michael’s aunt who ran a grocery shop on that site for many many years. Indeed Michael’s grandfather established the shop back in 1916.  Mamie was an institution in Coalisland and it is only fitting that she has the junction between Main Street and Kings Row named after her. Michael is also a very fine traditional fiddle player and during the mid 1970’s we were members of Coalisland Traditional Music Club. The club was affiliated to The Armagh Pipers Club with Brian and Eithne Valleley teaching traditional instruments at classes in St Patrick’s Hall. We also played for a while in a group called “An Buachaillí” with our friends Donal Quinn from Coalisland (Fiddle & Bones) Pat Quinn from Derrylaughan (Flute) and Una Hurson from Pomeroy (Whistle). I played whistle and bodhrán. I don’t think Una was ever entirely happy with the name of the band translating from the Irish as “The Boys”!  We competed in a number of Fleadh Ceoileanna and Festivals most memorably at the All Ireland Fleadh in Listowel in 1978.

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