Nonie Lynch

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Nonie Lynch (born Nonie Crawford; February 1910 – 29 September 2011) was an Irish traditional singer from County Clare.

The Milltown Malbay-born Lynch took part in several editions of The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, including the first edition to be held in 2003. At the time of that festival she was already 93 years of age.[1]

Most of her life she was living in the townland Mountscott, Mullagh. The last few years of her life were spent in a nursing home in Liscannor.[2]


Songs of Nonie Lynch were recorded and brought out at:

  • Around the Hills of Clare[3]
  • Cascades of Song, Clare Festival of traditional singing (1991-1999)[4]


Her son, Patrick Lynch (born 1954) is a singer and poetry reciter.[5] Her daughter, Mrs Claire Burke, became a hotelier at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point.[2][6]

Nonie Lynch was a first cousin of the musician Tom Lenihan.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing 2003,; accessed 3 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "LYNCH, Nonie: Death notice". The Irish Times. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Around the Hills of Clare
  4. ^ Cascades of Song
  5. ^ The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing 2003
  6. ^ Planning permission,; accesssed 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ Sleeve notes of the CD "Around the Hills of Clare", available at the site and archive from Oidhreacht an Chláir Teo