Remembering Willie Clancy 40 Years After His Death

40 Years following the death of musician Willie Clancy (24 December 1918 - 24 January 1973), RTÉ Archives takes a look back to November 1972 and his final interview for RTÉ Radio with Breandán Ó Cíobháin.

With a family tradition of music, Willie was largely influenced by his father and played the whistle from a very young age. At the age of about 21 or 22, he got his first set of uilleann pipes. While Clancy was a talented musician and story-teller, it is his piping that is most remembered.

Recorded in November 1972, Willie Clancy talks to Breandán Ó Cíobháin for RTÉ Radio.

Each year Milltown Malbay, the birthplace of Willie Clancy, welcomes musicians from around the world for the Willie Clancy Festival.

The accompanying image shows Willie Clancy at the Fleadh Cheoil in Kilrush, County Clare, circa 1963. The programme 'Fleadh Cheoil' was first transmitted on 2 January 1963.
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