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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-21-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,725
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Donald MacDonald pipes owned by Colonel Jack Churchill

Yes, that's the I saw. For some reason, I couldn't hear the narrator (or the pipes) on the website. I was looking for a particular clip of an uilleann piper which I had come across before, but had...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-21-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,725
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Donald MacDonald pipes owned by Colonel Jack Churchill

On the Pathe website, there's report on a Commando raid on some islands off Norway, and there's a couple of seconds of soldiers dancing on a ship's deck to a piper playing a full silver set of pipes....
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 10-08-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 682
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: An outsized rodent

Well, an Irish version I heard featured a 'wee mon frae Fermanagh' whose piper-daughter marries a Texan. Of course, 'everything is bigger in Texas', and when the 'wee mon' flies out for the wedding,...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 09-21-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: A RE-Tread, But For Our New(er) Pipers :)

A version of this joke doing the rounds in Dublin many years ago concerned a notoriously tight-fisted uilleann piper, a brilliant player by the way. It was said that when he drove his mother down...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 08-19-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 541
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Nice Work, Rothiemurchus, 1803.

‘My father and mother never wanted for company, and the house was as full of servants as an Indian or an Irish one, strange, ignorant creatures, running about in each other’s way, wondering at the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-13-2017, 05:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,574
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Celtic ancestry.

The Irish Free State ceased to exist in 1949 when a republic was declared.
Forum: In Memoriam 07-27-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 971
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: PM Alex Peters (Royal Irish Fusiliers) RIP

I remember reading an article by David Murray in the Piping Times in which he wrote that at the formation of the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968, there was a dispute about whether the new regiment should...
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-09-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Pibroch' By The Sea 2017

Blame Herve le Floc'h?
Forum: Music 04-16-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,875
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: In search of...

Off the top of my head, I seem to remember reading that 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again' was the original, and that the song had some connection with Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, the well-known...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 04-06-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,493
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Cultural Appropriation?

The Sultan of Morocco has procured a glorified specimen of the Scottish bagpipe from Edinburgh, and with it a complete Highland outfit.

The Arabs, we are informed, view the dress with amazement,...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,369
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: It's started ... ! First St Patrick's Day Story

http://http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/patty-s-day-patty-s-day-patty-s-day-say-it-loud-and-say-it-proud-1.3003970...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-10-2017, 01:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,369
Posted By Seán Donnelly
It's started ... ! First St Patrick's Day Story

Google 'McDonald's Shamrock Shake' (sorry, can't manage to post link).
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 02-03-2017, 06:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,125
Posted By Seán Donnelly
A Penny to Play, Tuppence to Stop, New York

That is all an admittedly lengthy preface to a certain encounter I observed yesterday early evening in Washington Square Park. As I crossed from West to East, I heard that telltale wail coming from a...
Forum: Music 01-30-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,272
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Whats is that tune ?

Off the top of my head, I think it's an Irish reel called 'The Silver Spear'.
Forum: Music 01-27-2017, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 896
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Does anyone play "Muirsheen Durkin?"

There's a version of the tune (as a polka) in D major available at the session.org.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-24-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,278
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: What's crawled into your drones ?

Well, cricket is known as píobaire na gríosaí in Irish – 'the piper of the embers'.
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 12-09-2016, 02:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,005
Posted By Seán Donnelly
The Unjust Incarceration?

Shattering the Silence

Some time ago I met a clergyman who had been a chaplain at a famous prison, and he began talking about the prisoners he had met and their various offences.

There was one,...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2016, 06:03 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 16,254
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Hidden Treasure

"Speak well of pipers, your father was a fiddler." [Scottish saying]
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 09-18-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,996
Posted By Seán Donnelly
In the eye of the beholder

For the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Miss Lewis brought a radio to school and we listened to it at our desks. The horse troops clopped by and battalions of drums, then a band of...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 09-15-2016, 06:53 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 658
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Obviously a critic?

She Pushed Bagpipes in Her Face

Bagpipes and Highland dress were produced in Dartford, Kent, Magistrates’ Court to-day when Mrs Gladys Whitall, Heavytree Road, Plumstead, London, alleged that she...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2016, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,617
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Irish War-pipes

Sorry. Last line of the previous post should read 'England and Scotland'.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-07-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,617
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Irish War-pipes

It's very interesting to read Francis O'Neill's views (around the turn of the century) on the Irish Revivalists taking up the Highland pipes. He was a lover of the Uilleann pipes, which he regarded...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2016, 10:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: And on a further "piping-related" note :)

But Nees, while though art mitching here,
Thou little dreams of thy Pi-peer.
One of thy Crew has gone before thee,
To sound a Charge in Purgatory. …

But when unto the Strand they came,
Who...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-06-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 908
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Connaught rangers

You're very welcome; always glad to help.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-06-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 908
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Connaught rangers

The 88th Connaught Rangers advertised for fifers and drummers in a Galway newspaper in 1793. Previously, when recruiting in Dublin, the regiment looked for 'four Irish pipers', and this was, I...
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