Tom ‘T.P’ Mulligan – Life & Legacy

Fiddle-player and piper Tom Mulligan(1915 to 1984), from Bornacoola Co. Leitrim.

Tom arrived into the Dublin music in 1935 and he was a founding member of St Mary’s Music Club in Church Street, Dublin.

Tom Mulligan’s legacy has now spread through his family and children to an upcoming generation of many grandchildren and beyond now playing and carrying on this great musical heritage. He was one of the unsung heroes of Irish musical life over many decades in the Dublin music scene. A man who carried his musical legacy with passion, pride and humility and who embraced, cherished and influenced Irish music and culture in a most loving way.

Alphie Mulligan – Editor & Néillidh Mulligan – Script

Leda for King – Last Days

Leda for King – is the solo project of singer-songwriter Alison Byrne, former vocalist with Bray Vista and Blood Red Mountain Band. ‘Last Days EP‘ is her first independently produced recording, have a listen on Bandcamp and check out the videos below. |

Hup! – TG4

Finn Harper Artwork

The Dubliners Live in Holland 1980

The Dubliners Live in Holland 1980 in a small intimate venue. Listen to a rousing ‘Fiddler’s Green’ from Barney McKenna and a powerful tune sang by Ronnie Drew about the life of Traveller ‘Danny Farrell’, the only person we hear singing it today is Eddie MacNamara.

CR Video Vaults is a treasure trove of Old Irish TV nostalgia with music, sports & a topic that’s regularly barred from Public Houses – politics.

Irish Traveller Culture

On this historic day of recognition by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Irish State of Irish Traveller Ethnicity let’s celebrate their contribution to our music and culture.

Pipers, fiddlers and singers – Johnny & Felix Doran, John Doherty, Pecker Dunne, Finbar & the Furey’s, John O’Reilly, Paddy Keenan, Mickey Dunne, Thomas McCarthy, Blackie O’Connell, Trish Nolan, Bridget Doyle and many others have an continue to enhance the rich tapestry of Traditional Irish Music.

Selection of Traveller musicians on this Spotify contraption.





The Luthier of Manor St

Mini-Doc by Mark Coughlan about Northside fiddle maker James Beatley who makes the finest of instruments from his workshop on Manor St.

An Immigrant Song

There are many songs written about the Irish experience of emigration and it’s heartening to know today how successful we are throughout the world since the days of Colonialism, Famine, War of Independence, Civil War and more recently Austerity.

It is in our nature to stand in solidarity with people of all Nations and Creeds seeking refuge and a new beginning with the hope of finding the same opportunities in life that us Irish were given and created, after overcoming prejudice and fear of “The Paddy”.

In Ireland our Government has been found wanting when it comes to the process of accepting refugees, while our Defense Forces and NGOs do trojan work in the most difficult of circumstances. The Direct Provision system is demeaning to people when help is needed most, spending years living in prefabs and run down hotels with private business profiting from this inhumanity.

You might be wondering why you’re reading this on the website of a pub, well here at The Cobblestone we are lucky to have visitors from all over the world on a daily basis and if there’s one thing that unites us all it’s music, so I’ll get back to the tunes. Below is a selection of songs related to Ireland’s longstanding relationship with being an emigration/immigration nation.

For further listening and reading from a universal perspective visit Songs of Immigration and Migration at The U.S Library of Congress(..before it disappears).

Beginning with two of our finest voices Dolores & Seán Keane – Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.

“And courage is the passport when your old world disappears..”

Two versions of ‘No Irish Need Apply’, one from Tommy Makem and the other by The Wolfe Tones.

Luke Kelly – My Little Son.

Mary Dillon – The Green Fields of Canada.

The Pogues – Thousands are Sailing.

“Where e’er we go, we celebrate,
The land that makes us refugees.”

De Danann – I’m Leaving Tipperary.

Johnny McEvoy – The Old Bog Road.

Christy Moore – City of Chicago.

Paul Brady with Andy Irvine – Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore.

The Dubliners – Paddy on the Railway.

Song from our own Mick O’Grady about Irish men going to Canada seeking work.

“Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs” – Frank Harte

The Cobblestone Backroom Playlist

Many fine musicians have graced The Cobblestone Backroom stage down the years, here’s a playlist compiled by our man Shane | On-Sound of those on YouTube going back about 4 years, more to be added…

Donegal Traveller & Fiddle Player John Doherty

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