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Paddy Tunney

Paddy Tunney

Paddy Tunney


Paddy Tunney (1921 – 2002) was an Irish traditional singer, poet, writer, raconteur, lilter and songwriter. He was affectionately known as the Man of Songs. He collected many songs that have now become standards. Tunney was born on 28 January 1921 in the City of Glasgow to Irish parents, Patrick Tunney from Mollybreen in County Fermanagh and Brigid Gallagher from Rusheen in County Donegal. Within a few weeks of his birth he was brought home to Ireland. Read more on Last.fm
Paddy Tunney (1921 – 2002) was an Irish traditional singer, poet, writer, raconteur, lilter and songwriter. He was affectionately known as the Man of Songs. He collected many songs that have now become standards. Tunney was born on 28 January 1921 in the City of Glasgow to Irish parents, Patrick Tunney from Mollybreen in County Fermanagh and Brigid Gallagher from Rusheen in County Donegal. Within a few weeks of his birth he was brought home to Ireland.

His maternal grandfather, Michael Gallagher, was his first song teacher and Paddy recalled learning his first song, 'The Lark in the Morning', from him at the age of four. The following year the family moved a few miles and settled in Garvery, in the parish of Mulleek, in County Fermanagh. During the Second World War he became involved with the IRA and in the summer of 1943 was sentenced to seven years penal servitude for smuggling explosives. On his release he went to Dublin and studied to be a health inspector at UCD. He worked for a time with Dublin Corporation and Kerry County Council before settling in Donegal in 1950.

He died on 6 December 2002 and his funeral took place in Letterkenny, County Donegal. Recordings: "The Lark in the Morning" (also featuring Liam Clancy, Tommy and many others) "A Wild Bee's Nest" (1965) "The Irish Edge" (1966) "Ireland her Own" (1967) (with Arthur Kearney; also featuring Joe Tunney and Frank Kelly) "Where the Moorcocks Crow" (1975) "The Flowery Vale" (1976) "The Stone Fiddle" (1981) "Where the Linnets Sing" (1992) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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