Category Archives: Hall of Fame

Jim Flynn, R.I.P.

Jim Flynn, R.I.P.

Jim Flynn RIP 2018This week we lost a long-standing member of our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann community, Comhaltas Hall of Fame inductee (2007), Jim Flynn, a talented player of the  harmonica and Irish button accordion and an active member and supporter  of our organization.

Maureen Woods, in her email from the Danvers Set Dancers, put it beautifully in her notice, which I include below.  Maureen is an active set  dancer and assists Jim’s daughter, set dance teacher Eileen Dugal, with communications for her Thursday night classes in Danvers. Our hearts go out to Eileen and Jim’s family.

We Will Miss Him

“Sadly, I must let you know that the Irish music community has lost another great man. Jim Flynn passed away on April 12th. He was 98. An inductee into the Comhaltas Hall of Fame, he was still entertaining us with tune after tune on his harmonica up until a year ago. He was a true gentleman with a sharp mind and an amazing memory. That he reached just shy of 99 years is due entirely to the constant, loving and unwavering care of his daughter, Eileen Dugal. They shared a love of Irish music, dance and heritage and you could always catch the pride in Mr. Flynn’s eyes when he gazed upon her. I will miss him, his firm hand shake and his stories from long ago. I know we all will.”

Hall of Fame Inductee in 2007

Jim Flynn was honored for his contribution to Irish traditional music for accordion and harmonica. Read an earlier article by Larry Tormey on his induction into our Comhaltas Hall of Fame.

Funeral Arrangements

His wake will be held at the Stanton Funeral Home in Watertown on Thursday, April 19th, from 4-8 P.M. His funeral mass will be at St. Joseph’s in Belmont on Friday, April 20th, at 9:00 A.M. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:45 P.M. Contributions in lieu of flowers in his memory may be sent to Boston Comhaltas Music School.”

Memorial Contributions

We thank the family for naming our Boston Comhaltas Music School as an organization for contributions in Mr. Flynn’s memory.

Contributions in lieu of flowers  in Jim’s memory may be sent to Boston Comhaltas Music School c/o Michael Hickey, Treasurer, 100 Woodpecker Rd., Stoughton, MA 02072.

Here is his obituary. http://www.stantonfuneralhome.com/obituary/james-flynn

 

Boston Hosts Hall of Fame in November


The 2017 Northeast Region Meeting will be hosted this year by Boston’s Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch on Saturday, November 4th, at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton, it was announced recently by our  Northeast Region organization.

There will be a Seisuin Friday Evening. This is the Centre’s regular Friday evening seisuin and any musician is welcome to join in.

Saturday events include a meeting from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. where lunch will be served.

The induction ceremonies for the Northeast Regional Hall of Fame are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (NB: updated reflects a change of starting time from 7 to 6:30) followed by dancing at a Ceili from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., with our Boston branch band led by Chairperson and acclaimed accordionist, Tara Lynch. The Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch will honor leaders who have made a significant contribution to our branch by recognizing them at the Northeast Regional  Hall of Fame. 

For accomodations, there are several hotels in the area with the most convenient being Homewood Suites by Hilton, 50 Royall St. Canton, Exit 2 off Rt. 93, Phone: 781-828-4700 and  Courtyard by Marriott, 200 Technology Dr. Stoughton, Exit 20A off Rt. 24, Phone: 781-297-7000

Food and beverages will be available at the Centre.

Update (Oct. 16, 2017): See related post about the Saturday night ceili at the ICC – also note updated time for the Hall of Fame ceremonies. 

Joe Derrane (R.I.P.)

Joe Derrane, RIP

The Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the family of Joe Derrane (Hall of Fame 1998) on his recent passing.  He was truly one of the legends of traditional Irish music in America and throughout the world.

Joe Derrane East Durham 2005 (image sourced from Wikipedia)
Joe Derrane, Irish-American button accordionist (image sourced from Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Years

Born and raised in Boston and while still a teenager Joe was playing his 2-row D/C# accordion in the various Irish dance halls at Dudley Street in Roxbury.  He became widely recognized for his highly ornamental and spirited playing.

Return to Music Scene

After a long hiatus and on the persistent urging of the well-known Celtic music critic Earle Hitchner, Joe began his return to traditional music culminating in his appearance at the 1994 Irish Folk Festival at Wolf Trap in Virginia.  His performance was met with such great acclaim that Joe began his now famous second career.

Recognition

He toured throughout Europe, played with The Chieftains at Symphony Hall in Boston, appeared many times on radio and television, and received a Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 1998 Joe was inducted into the Comhaltas Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding contributions to traditional Irish music.

Funeral Arrangements

Joe died on July 22nd 2016 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA.  His funeral will be from the Hurley Funeral Home, 134 So. Main St. (Rt. 28), Randolph on Friday, July 29th at 9:15am followed by a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church in Randolph at 10am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday, July 28th from 4-8pm. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Randolph. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

[Barbara Davis]