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The Piano

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The history of our piano...

This piano was made in Germany by Bogs & Voigt (they made pianos for 30 years between 1905 and 1935). This year, 2010, it is 101 years old. In Ireland, the piano was owned by former prime minister (Taoiseach) Garret Fitzgerald and played by his daughter. Mr Fitzgerald, born 9 February 1926, served two terms in office (July 1981 to February 1982; December 1982 to March 1987) as the  Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.

Lateron the piano was owned and played by Jurgen Simpson, Professor of Music at Limerick University.

It then came to Clare where it was owned  and played by Naomi O'Connell from Ballyvaughan, when she was still with the Lismorahaun Singers from North Clare. She is a mezzo soprano on her way to fame. Right now, she is in Manhattan for a full scholarship at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Previously to that, she has won the inaugural €10,000 IAWS John McCormack Vocal Bursary for classical music, to add to the three separate prizes she won at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition last year, among them the Dame Joan Sutherland prize for the most promising young singer.


In the winter of 2011/2012, the piano was taken away and restored by Penguin Pianos in Ennis. They had to replace or restore almost every part of the piano - a huge job! On 5th April 2012, the piano safely came back in the Roadside Tavern to start her new lease of life. See pictures of the restoration work on our Facebook page.


If you can tickle the ivories as in you are a real piano player then you are cordially invited to play at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna.