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RIP Pat O'Riordan
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Author:  whistle1000 [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:40 am ]
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Sad news today about the passing of Mr. O'Riordan. Joannie Madden shared the news on facebook. He left an incredible legacy with his whistles...his energy will go on forever witin the instruments he created.

Author:  Chino [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:14 am ]
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Very sad news, beautiful man and maker. :(

I had a Traveller Low G, and I wad on a waiting list for a low D, but I knew he was ill.

RIP Pat.

Author:  chas [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:32 am ]
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Geez, I’m sorry to hear that. He was such a delightful human being.

Author:  ytliek [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:59 am ]
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Yes, very sad news so condolences to the O'Riordan Family.

Here is the YouTube video of Patrick O'Riordan workshop.

Did Patrick have a workshop apprentice?

Author:  rhulsey [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:05 am ]
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Very sad news, indeed. He was a delightful person to visit with and share a story or two. I am grateful for the whistles he made that I have collected over the years which lead me to get to know him, if just a little.

For those who are interested, here is his obit. Fittingly, his memorial service is on St. Patrick's Day.

Author:  Steve Bliven [ Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:42 pm ]
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Obituary here. A life well lived, but a sad loss for the whistle community.

Best wishes.


Author:  Claus von Weiss [ Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:24 pm ]
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This is sad news indeed! Pat really made amazing whistles and was such a charming and friendly gentleman. Among the different flags he had hanging in his workshop there was a German one I was happy to send him at his request.

RIP Pat, I'll play on one of your whistles tonight in remembrance of you.

Author:  khl [ Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:40 pm ]
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I started playing (and, as if often the case it seems, collecting) whistles just before 2005. A couple years after, I sent Mr. O'Riordan an email or letter (can't actually remember which now) asking to be put on his list as one who would like to have him make a whistle for me. I had heard that the list was long, rumors that he wasn't taking more names, etc. I didn't hear back from him. I figured it was hopeless and that I'd have to live without. Probably two to three years later, he sent a message stating that he was moving along his list and my name was finally up. Was I still interested? I laughed out loud at the question and wrote back saying in a clear, but understated way, that I was still absolutely interested. I gave him the order of what I wanted.

Not long and the whistle was ready. Paid, sent, arrived. I remember the letter accompanying the whistle had some instructions and a short note that said if anything wasn't right, if there was some problem, please contact him.

Pat was a class act--kind and unassuming.

Sorry for his passing.

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