Martin Kenneavy

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Martin Kenneavy
Died c. 1890
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Piper
Spouse(s) A daughter of Patrick R. Bohan

Martin Kenneavy (died c. 1890) was an Irish piper.


Kenneavy or Kinneavy is a very rare Irish surname, found exclusively in County Galway in the mid-19th century. Only two are lists in Griffith's Valuation, both in Galway.[1]

Of this musician, Francis O'Neill recorded that a Mr. Flanagan said he was:

"The best piper I ever heard used neither drone nor regulator – merely the chanter. He must have commenced as a child, so inimitable was his execution."

Kenneavy served for six years in either the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers or the 12th Royal Lancers. After the end of his service, he married one of the daughters of Patrick R. Bohan, a fellow-piper.

Mr. Flanagan further related that

"In 1887, after a long absence from my native land, I heard him play in Gibney's tavern, at the top of Knockmaroon hill, Phoenix Park, and from him I picked up some fine tunes."

Kenneavy died in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, about 1890.

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  1. ^ Database (undated). "Kinneavy: Households in Griffith's Valuation (1847–64)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  • Famous Pipers who flourished principally in the second half of the nineteenth century Chapter 21 in Irish Minstrels and Musicians, by Capt. Francis O'Neill, 1913.

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