Donncha O’Briain was a tin whistle teacher and performer, from a musical family from Dublin, with brothers Mick (pipes) Tom (fiddle) Andrew (fiddle) and John (pipes)

He was a member of CCE Cluain Tarbh, and taught and played regularly with the branch.He released a collection of tunes called the Golden Eagle, and an excellent whistle album which was recently re-released on Gael-linn, under the title Irish Traditional Airs on Tin Whistle / Ceol ar an bhFeadóg Stain. In 1980 he received a People of the Year Award for ‘his triumph over disability, his musical prowess and the inspiration which he provided for so many.’ Donncha passed away in 1990, aged just 30.


“This recording represents the music of a young man with a spirit and a love of life. Every tune is played with conviction and sincerity – traits that cana only be brought out by a musician who appreciates and nderstands the beauty and cruelty of life. Being associated with this record was an unforgettable experience for me. I hope that its re-release will bring many hours of happiness and hope to all”. Paddy Glackin

More information:

Some tunes from Donncha O’Briain (Google books)

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