Celebrating The Chieftains 1989

Irish traditional music band The Chieftains were treated to a civic ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin on 20 June 1989. The occasion was to celebrate 25 years of musical success, though they had in fact been founded 27 years earlier, in 1962 by Paddy Moloney. They had several line up changes over the years, but were still going strong.

This RTÉ News report by Teresa Mannion shows highlights of the event. Paddy Moloney presents Lord Mayor Ben Briscoe with a signed and framed poster from the band's involvement in the French Revolution bicentenary, which was being celebrated in France throughout 1989. Moloney says that the band's audiences seem to be getting younger and younger.

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The Chieftains

The Chieftains on stage at the Cork Opera House on RTÉ 2's opening night, 2 November 1978. Kevin Conneff is on bodhrán, Michael Tubridy on flute, Seán Potts on tin whistle, Paddy Moloney on uilleann pipes, Seán Keane on fiddle, Martin Fay on fiddle and Derek Bell on harp. The photographer was Des Gaffney.

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