Sounds from North Clare’s Past

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A public interview with Eugene Lambe

for ‘The Clare Oral History Podcast’

Thurs 1 Dec 7pm, The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Dr. Maura Cronin, founder of MIC’s Oral History Centre, will also launch Cuimhneamh an Chláir’s strategic plan 2022-2025 and new website www.clarememories.ie

Piper and collector Eugene Lambe has donated to Cuimhneamh an Chláir his important collection of video recordings of singers, musicians, dancers and storytellers from North Clare.  To celebrate this, Cuimhneamh an Chláir will host an illustrated interview with Eugene on Thursday 1 Dec in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. 

Refreshments will be served from 6:30pm with the event starting at 7pm sharp.

Eugene Lambe came to live in Fanore, Co. Clare in the 1970s. There he played music, made instruments, and listened intently to the older carriers of stories and music in North Clare.  In the 1980s he engaged Paschal Brookes to travel with him around that part of the county filming some of these singers, musicians and tellers of tales.  They recorded in kitchens and pubs, heard the last remnants of the Irish language spoken in Doolin, listened to music played on fire tongs, Indian whistles and more besides.

The result is an incredibly engaging collection which creates a picture of a time that now seems much further back than 35 years ago. 

In conversation with Paula Carroll, Eugene will introduce us to some of the stars of his archive: among them the legendary Paddy and John Killoughery at home in Ballyfaudeen, musician and funnyman Joe Cunneen, captivating singer Pat Keane from Aughinish Island, the inimitable Brud Petty from Lisdoonvara and Dinny Jim from Doolin, old style dancer Mick Carrucan, Doolin native Irish speaker Paddy Phádraig Mhichael Shannon and Kilfenora Ceili Band flute player Paddy ‘Organ’ Mullins.  Mary Ellen Curtin from Doolin provides us with a rare (for the time) public glimpse of an older woman playing music outside her own home.

The interview will be recorded for Cuimhneamh an Chláir’s podcast ‘The Clare Oral History Podcast’  This event is free and all are welcome.


Notes to editors:

Dr. Maura Cronin is a former lecturer in History at Mary Immaculate College and has been engaged for almost 20 years in teaching oral history principles and practice.  In 2000 she set up the Mary Immaculate College’s Oral History Centre.  She is also a founding member of the Oral History Network of Ireland.

Cuimhneamh an Chláir / Clare Memories is an independent, voluntary group, which digitally records, archives and shares the oral heritage of Co. Clare, through interviews with the county’s older citizens in its diverse communities.

Cuimhneamh an Chláir acknowledges the ongoing support of Clare County Council through Clare Libraries.  We are grateful to the Heritage Council for support to develop the new website.  We acknowledge  Rethink Ireland and EI Electronics for support for developmental work 2021 – 2023.

For more information please contact Paula Carroll, Project Coordinator, at 086 3170334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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