Nonie Lynch

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Nonie Lynch, born Nonie Crawford (February 1910 – 29 September 2011), was an Irish traditional singer out of County Clare. She was born in Milltown Malbay.

Lynch took part in several editions of The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, including the first edition to be held outside Ennistymon in 2003, with Milltown Malbay as the location. 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 she was living 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 (1954) was a poetry reciter in his own right.[5] Her daughter Claire, married with John Burke, became a hotelier at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point.[2][6]

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

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