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The Caoimhín Mac Aoidh Collection
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Horan Collection

The Horan Collection was sourced from Mrs. Katie Horan (nee O'Brien). It can be dated at least from 5 June 1942 to 22 March 1949. As with the O'Connor Collection it contains the information on how to read the tablature and ornament the tunes in terms of rolls and Pádraig's notion of "trills".

Jerry McCarthy Manuscripts

Copies of a set of manuscripts originally written by Pádraig O’Keeffe for his pupil Jerry McCarthy. Jerry played frequently with O'Keeffe before emigrating to New York where he spent some time working with Denis Murphy in the New York Zoo along with Rory O'Connor a whistle player from Doolin.

Mickey Duggan Manuscripts

Copies of manuscripts originally owned by Mickey Duggan a former pupil of Pádraig O’Keeffe. Some of the original manuscripts are in Pádraig O’Keeffe's music tablature system. The tune ‘Sean Ryan's wonder hornpipe’ is written in staff notation.

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Copies of 16 different miscellaneous Pádraig O’Keeffe manuscripts which were given to Caoimhín Mac Aoidh by various people over the years.
Three of the manuscripts are dated, the earliest is from April 1941 and the latest dates from October 1953. Some of the tunes were written on the inside of open cigarette packets etc. The collection is made up of 16 manuscripts in total and contains the greatest number of melodeon tablature tunes in Caoimhín Mac Aoidh's Pádraig O’Keeffe Collection.

Nicky McAuliffe Manuscripts

Fair copy transcriptions made of Padraig O’Keeffe’s music tablature by Caoimhín Mac Aoidh. The McAuliffe Collection was sourced from Nicky McAuliffe by Máire O'Keeffe who passed them on to Mac Aoidh. These manuscripts were not photocopied but were transcribed directly off the originals. Given his interest and abilities on the fiddle they were offered to Nicky McAuliffe by local past pupils of Padraig's. It can be dated at least from January 14th, 1951 to December 23rd, 1951.

O'Connor Collection

The O'Connor manuscript collection was sourced from Mrs Catherine (Kitty) O’Connor (née Horan) of Knockhorrin, Scartaglin. She originally lived at Dirreen, Scartaglin as a young girl when the manuscripts were written. Mrs O'Connor lent the collection to Caoimhín Mac Aoidh in 1984 and once copied they were returned to her in full. They consist of five school jotters which Mac Aoidh labelled, in no particular order, A, B, C, D, and E .

The Caoimhín Mac Aoidh Collection

  • CMA-240167
  • Collection
  • 1930s-2015

This collection includes: photocopies of original Pádraig O'Keeffe manuscripts; transcriptions made by Caoimhín Mac Aoidh of 700 Pádraig O'Keeffe tunes, along with contextual notes and texts on the tunes; and correspondence relating to MacAoidh's research into Pádraig O'Keeffe. The photocopied manuscript collections are as follows:

O'Connell Collection: 212 Tunes
O'Connor Collection (comprising five Manuscripts): 260 Tunes
Horan Manuscripts: 85 Tunes
Mickey Duggan Manuscripts: 14 Tunes
Jerry McCarthy Manuscripts: 15 Tunes.
Nicky McAuliffe Manuscripts: 38 Tunes
Miscellaneous Manuscripts: 74 Tunes
Appendix 1 is a summary sheet of the collections and their contents by rhythm.

Mac Aoidh, Caoimhín

The O'Connell Collection

The O'Connell Collection containing 212 tunes was sourced from Pat O'Connell (known locally as Patin, pronounced locally as Patch-een) Connell (without the O') a small farmer from the townland of Cordal. Patin was a pupil of Pádraig and kept his mss in two biscuit tins in the kitchen. He was a near neighbour of Pádraig and remembered him with great affection. He lent Caoimhín his collection in full which Caoimhín took away to Cork where he was living at the time. Caoimhín was not able to photocopy them but copied each one meticulously using stencils and Rotring drafting pens. The tablature was copied in this way and the transcriptions into staff notation were made subsequently. As Caoimhín finished off a batch of 20 or so mss he would post the originals back to Patin who received all in full in return.