The great collector of Irish music and Chief of Police in Chicago, Francis O’Neill (1848-1936), was born in the townland of Tralibane a mile or so off the Bantry Dimoleague road. In the same area is the townland of Gortatagort, Colomane. In this townland was born the mother of John Spillane the Cork songwriter. Christy Moore covers the song and it on You Tube ‘Christy Moore, John Spillane’s Gortatagort’.
In the nearby parish of Durrus there is a family photograph in the bicentenary book published for St. James Church.c 1910 of the Dukelow family Coomkeen in which Tina Dukelow b. c 1890 is shown with a fiddle, a neighbour Nell Burke bc 1910 played the melodeon. The music seemed to disappear over the years.
O’Neill collected a few tunes from a Beamish man from Caheragh/Drimoleague, there is no sign of him in the recent dictionary of Irish music a mystery…
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