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Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
12-Jun-02 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lakes of Pontchartrain - Irish Words
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lakes of Ponchartrain - Irish Words
found this info:

Trip to Galway Thu 27 Apr 2000

Francie Mooney television special.

Trip to Galway. One of the most popular progammes on TG4, Irelands Gaelic language television channel, is Sibin. The final programme of the current series featured Francie Mooney (Proinnsias O Maonaigh), Mairead's father and was a celebration of his achievements in the areas of teaching, music, drama and Gaelic football. We certainly enjoyed the great music on the show. Altan played and were joined by Francie and he led the band in some some tunes. Mairead and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill sang a song written by their father, Aodh, a friend of Francie's. Mairead's joined Gearoid and his son Ciaran for a brace of fiddle tunes. Paul Brady sang Francie's translation of The Lakes of Poncartrain, Ar Bhruach Loch Ponchartrain. Paul reminded us that it was Gleanntain Ghlas Gaoth Dobhair, a composition of Francie's that had helped launch his own career with The Johnstons. Paddy Glackin and Micheal O Domhnaill were there to play a set of three reels. We were remided of the long friendship between Paddy's own father, Tom Glackin, and Francie. Noel and Padraig Duggan, from Clannad, were joined by their friend Thomas Loeftke who plays the harp and they spoke about their early days on stage. Many of Francie's friends from the regular music session held in Tigh Hiudai Beags in Bunbeg came down to Galway for the recording of the show and they made sure there was no shortage of music until late into the night. Our thanks to Christy King and Carmel Ni Bhriain of Gaelmedia for the warmth of their welcome and their wonderful hospitality.