Ireland 2024 – Entry 5 – Bunbeg, Gweedore Co. Donegal

I took Bus Eireann from Galway City to Letterkenny Co. Donegal. You’ll be happy to hear that with no stops the 248km trip was only 30 minutes shorter that the flight from Montreal to Dublin! (5’40” vs 6’10”). But I’m here reacquainting with Edmonton friend Cathal Tunney and his wife Mary. Had a lovely dinner then picked up his brother Paddy and made the hour trek to Bunbeg at Huidi Beag’s pub. This is in my top 5 best sessions in Ireland, if not the best. Great mix of younger and older musicians. Host with the most Hugh Gallagher (gal-a-her) would jump from fiddle, piano or serving drinks.

Brothers Cathal& Paddy Tunney are great fiddlers and singers.  Other musicians included well known harpist Janet Harbison - She was very good!

Gearóid Ó Maonaigh (Mooney) played his beautiful Guild guitar. He is the brother of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle and vocals) of Altan and father of Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle) former young traditional musician of the year.  

Young Cillian was ripping up the box.

And young Molly Mooney of the Altan lineage was playing every tune. Played til 1 than an hour home.


Here is a link to Lucy Farr’s Barndance

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