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Nora (1924-1988) and Susie Cleary, The Hand, Miltown Malbay


Nora Cleary

Photo courtesy Liam McNulty

Nora Cleary: An Appreciation by Tim Dennehy

Nora Cleary (1924-1988)and her sister Susie lived with their brother Tom in their small house at The Hand, some 5 miles from Miltown Malbay, which now stands deserted and almost out of sight behind the bushes and undergrowth that have sprung up since Nora’s untimely death aged 64. Nora’s upbeat personality and love of singing and songs was infectious and she was an ever-popular performer at singing sessions in the area. She had lived and worked in England for some years and, at one time, was friendly with travelling piper Felix Doran and his family. We recorded all the songs from Nora and Susie during visits to their home.
Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie

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