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

Hup! – TG4

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 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

Coppers and Brass (S1) – Irish Travellers and Traditional Irish Music

Coppers and Brass is an ethnographic documentary about Irish traditional music played by members of the Irish Travelling community. It focuses on uilleann pipe playing in particular, demonstrating how Irish Travellers exhibit specific stylistic traits within Irish traditional music. It includes rare archival footage, reconstructions of significant musical events and interviews with key Traveller and non-Traveller musicians. It was directed by Tommy Fegan and was submitted as part of his MA thesis undertaken at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

This is the first episode of season one of DCTV’s traditional Irish music series called “Coppers and Brass”. The series focuses on alternative viewpoints within the traditional Irish music community, looks at the contributions certain families have made and analyses how Irish Travellers have made a very significant contribution to the development of Irish traditional music. Presented by Tommy Fegan, this series explores the reality of the world of trad in Ireland and abroad.

In this episode we look at Irish Traveller culture featuring insightful interviews with Martin Collins, Co-Director of Pavee Point, Michael McDonagh and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Seán Gilrane & Davy Sheridan.

In this episode we will look at the influence of the Doran Family, chat to Oliver O’Connell and enjoy a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Oliver O’Connell and friends.

In this episode we will look at the impact and contribution Irish traveller culture has had on traditional Irish music, focusing on Uileann piping and featuring an insightful interview with Mickey Dunne and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Martin Nolan and friends.

In this episode we will look at the impact of Irish traveller Uileann piping on traditional Irish music featuring an insightful interview with Leo Rickard and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Gay McKeon.

In this episode we will look at the work of Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) with Gay Mc Keon and enjoy a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Fintan Vallely.

In this episode we will look at the Mulligan Family with Néillidh Mulligan and a performance from The Cobblestone Pub with Mulligan family.

Padser’s Barn Dance – Smithfield, Dublin

Padser’s Barn Dance in Aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital with musicians from The Cobblestone and an Open Session for anyone who wants to join.

Padser’s Barn is an actual working horse stables, some of the fine horses you see working around the streets of Dublin bed down here in Smithfield for the night.

Padser has ran the Dublin City Marathon over 25 times raising much needed funds for Temple Street, the knee no longer allows him do this so he decided to open his barn/stable for a hooley!

Doors 2pm | Adm €5 | Raffle Prizes

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