Rita Keane (1923-2009) R.I.P. 2

A tribute to Rita in the Irish language, the only one I have seen, from An Druma Mór (The Big Drum) news service. Even though it’s not especially original, I thought, because it’s the only one I have seen in Irish, it worth including here.

Tá ómós á gcarnadh do Rita Keane, duine de mhórcheoltóirí traidisiúnta na tíre le fada an lá, a cailleadh inné in aois 86 bliain.

Bhí cónaí uirthi in oirthear na Gaillimhe.

Bhí an ceol sa dúchas ag muintir Keane agus bhí Rita is a deirfiúr Sarah ar na baill den teaghlach a bhí i ceilí band clúiteach mhuintir Keane a tháinig faoi aird an phobail ó na 1950í ar aghaidh. Bhí clú agus cáil ar an albam a chuir Rita agus Sarah le chéile in 1968, Once I Loved, bailiúchán d’amhráin i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla.

B’aintín le Dolores agus Seán Keane í Rita.

3 bliain ó shin bronnadh Gradam Ceoil TG4 ar Rita agus ar Sarah.

Dúirt Ciarán Mac Mathúna gur mór an chaill don phobal Fodhlach bás Rita agus go ndearna sise agus a clann eachtaí chun an ceol traidisiúnta a choinneáil beo an t-am a ba laige é.

Rough translation

Honour is due to Rita Keane, a mainstay of traditional music for a very long time, who died at the age of 86.

She lived in east Galway.

She was a member of the Keane family ceile band in the fifties,  and in 1968 she and Sarah recorded an album Once I Loved, on which there were tracks both in Irish and English

That three years ago she and her sister were awarded Gradam Ceol TG4 (an award that the Irish Gaelic language broadcaster gives to honour contributions to music)

She was an aunt of Dolores and Seán Keane. (popular Irish folk singers) 

The broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna acknowledged the great service she and her family’s had given inkeeping the music alive at a time when it was in danger of dying out

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