It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death in his native Glencolumcille, Donegal of that beloved county’s most eminent fiddler.
James leaves behind a wife who is currently battling with a serious illness and three lovely daughters – all of them wonderful fiddle players too.
Your prayers – as always – are requested.
James Byrne in Feckers: photo by Rik Walton (Ta, Rik!)
I am just returned from three days of mourning in Donegal.
At the Mass, the local priest described James as ‘the Mahatma of the Glen ‘- our cultural father and guiding light. He was an extraordinary man who was happy to live a simple life. My heart almost broke to see his three beautiful and gentle girls play the role expected of them in the circumstances. I thank God that this much was granted to him.
There will doubtless shortly be a Tribute Night which I will attend for certain.
I hope many others will too and be generous in support of Connie and the girls.