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Obit: Alfred 'Alf' MacLochlainn 1926 - 2018

keberoxu 31 Dec 18 - 02:21 PM
keberoxu 31 Dec 18 - 02:31 PM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 31 Dec 18 - 02:33 PM
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Subject: Alf MacLochlainn 1926 - 2018
From: keberoxu
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 02:21 PM

Lyricist/poet Alf MacLochlainn, long employed as librarian,
has passed away, 8 December 2018.

Here is a death notice which gives neither birth-year nor age.
It is in both English and Gaeilge.

Alfred (Alf) MacLochlainn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Alfred 'Alf' MacLochlainn 1926 - 2018
From: keberoxu
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 02:31 PM

Thanks to the Twitter account of MacLochlainn's daughter-in-law,
Rachel Hilliard, a link is available
to one of Mr. MacLochlainn's articles: promoting someone else's work,
that of Fr. Patrick S. Dineen.

"When I was a young man on the staff of the National Library of Ireland..."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Alfred 'Alf' MacLochlainn 1926 - 2018
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 02:33 PM

Ah - Thank you! I knew of his death but didn’t get round to mentioning it here.

A few years ago, I was at a singing session in Crusheen, south of Galway. I sang “My Son in America”, a humorous song about an errant letter. One of the session organisers asked where I had learned it. I told him my source and added “It was written by a man called Alf Mac Loclainn”. “I know!” Sez he “He’s my father!”. Colm still runs the Crusheen session.

Regards.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Alfred 'Alf' MacLochlainn 1926 - 2018
From: keberoxu
Date: 31 Dec 18 - 02:44 PM

The song identified by Martin Ryan is in the DigiTrad database here.

Alf MacLochlainn is included in the Oral History Collection about the 1916 Rising at Irish Life and Lore.

As his birth year was 1926, Mr. MacLochlainn saw, not Easter 1916,
but its consequences.


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