A Salthill Tribute to the Late Trad Musician Séamus Begley
A Poignant Goodbye
With one word etched in sand, Begley, the simple carving on Salthill beach is one of many that appeared across the country and around the world this week to pay tribute to the late trad musician, Séamus Begley. From sea to shore, in sand and snow, people are paying their respects to the Kerryman, who shared his passion for traditional music and song at home and abroad.
Known affectionately as Begley, the term of endearment has been outlined on beaches in Marbella, in snow in Boston and Canada, to coincide with the poignant tribute in Salthill. Every day, new etchings are emerging in recognition of his impact on the local and international stage.
Strong Galway Connections
Renowned for his quick wit and melodic charm, the accomplished accordionist, singer, and bard performed in Galway just two months ago, with his own show at Monroe’s Live. Many were captivated by the award-winning artist, as the impromptu music session continued to Tigh Cóilí on Mainguard street before he completed his Co Galway engagements at a fundraiser for Rosabel’s Rooms at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden at the end of November.
Honoured Around the World
Séamus Begley was synonymous with the Irish folk scene, leaving behind a legacy of work for future generations. With a vocal talent that displayed not only his humour and charisma, but also tenderness and emotional vulnerability, he worked with top Irish and international musicians over the course of a career that spanned decades.
Starting out at the age of 14 at the local dances in Dingle, he later went on to record his first album, An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe, in 1972. Since then, his calm, laid-back style has enchanted audiences worldwide. From his enigmatic box playing to his vast repertoire of songs, the powerhouse of folk, sean nós and storytelling is being honoured from Dingle to Donegal and around the globe with one final goodbye – his surname Begley imprinted in sand and snow.