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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:05 am 

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Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting in the Uilleann Pipe forum. My name is Darren O'Mahony and I create a weekly podcast called The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast. Hopefully it's ok for me to share this weeks episode here as it's with the great Drogheda player - Darragh Ó Héiligh.

Please let me know what you think. Also, don't worry I have no intention on spamming you. I'll only post episodes with uilleann pipers.

Right, anyway, here's the episode:


Darragh Ó Héiligh is a phenomenal uilleann pipe player from Drogheda. He has tirelessly worked to grow and share Irish music, not only within his town with Music At The Gate, but also nationally and internationally with his innovative digital radio station Ceol FM.

This week we caught up with him on the creation of Ceol FM, on equal access; on finding the pipes, on creating community and space for upcoming players, and on seeing a need and acting on it.

In this episode Darragh plays a whole swag of tunes but we don’t have the names to any of them. So, if you’re that way inclined and recognise any tunes, please send us a message with any names and we’ll update the show notes as we receive them.

As always, you can stream the episode for free from our website or any podcast app. Here are a few links to each that might make life a little easier:

Our website:
Apple Podcasts:
Google Podcasts:

To follow Darragh Pipes go here:

Visit his website go here:

To keep up to date with Music At The Gate go here:

And to get lost in the wonderful world of Ceol.Fm go here:

Right that’s it, enjoy!
Darren & Dom

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:20 am 

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As you'll hear in the episode Darragh is a great man for playing the tunes, but the names escape him. So with that said, a huge thank you to Paddy Cummins for sending us the names of these via our website. So here they are.

Ormond Sound / The Merry Blacksmith - the first tune was composed by Tipperary's Paddy O'Brien and the second is traditional.

The Rambling Pitchfork / O'Sullivan's March - two traditional tunes.

Chief O'Neill's Favourite / Kenmare Bay - the first is traditional and the second was composed by John Dwyer of Co. Cork.

An t-athair Jack Walsh / Speed the Plough / The Coalminer - all of these are traditional tunes. There is another reel also called Speed the Plough and is not related to this one. This one is often called Cronin's too.

Thanks for sending these in Paddy and thanks again Darragh for the great interview and craicin' tunes.

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Thanks for sharing with us on the forum. Strange times so its great to have as many ways as possible to stay in touch with the outside world.

Thanks again and welcome to the forum.


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