Music in Ireland

Julia Clifford: Music in Ireland

Julia criss-crossed the Irish Sea all her life. Home was always County Kerry: her parents’ house, brother Denis Murphy’s or sister Bridgie Kelleher’s. She spent extended periods back in Ireland in the 1950s and 1970s and went over at least twice a year until the early 1990s when Bridgie died and then the journey became too much for her. She was a regular at the Fleadhs and after beating Bobby Casey in the 1962 Fulham Fleadh, went on to win the All-Ireland in Mullingar in 1963. In her seventies, after John died, Julia was invited to perform at many music events, including the Cork Folk Festival which she visited on several occasions.

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