Ó Crotaigh Crotty:

líonmhar: Port Lairge-Cill Chainnigh & Luimneach-an Clár. Sloinne Déiseach a tháinig ó Thuathmhumhain i bhfad siar - ceaptar gur craobh des na Brianaigh iad. Brí: cruthúil, sciamhach nó, a mhalairt, cruiteach.MIF.

Numerous: Waterford-Kilkenny, Cork, Clare-Limerick.

Ir. Ó Crotaigh, crotach meaning either shapely or hump-backed.

The sept originated in Clare.

Famous Crotty's

Siney Crotty

A Famous Sean-Nos singer from Kilbaha County Clare

A Few of his recordings:

Farewell to Lissycasey: The Traditional Music of County Clare

The title track itself, Farewell to Lissycasey, is one of the four songs on this compilation and also one of the best tracks overall, a song sung perfectly by Siney Crotty.

Siney Crotty rec by Roly Brown, Ross, Co Clare c1976-7: TOPIC 12- TS-369 "Lovely Mary to the sea do not go")

Siney Crotty's Tune" /"Going to the Well for Water

Siney Crotty's / The Noon Lasses

What the experts said:

Sigerson's song

Siney Crotty sang it for me once in O'Donoghues - Christy Moore

The thing about Sigerson's song is that it applies to every town in Ireland that ever shipped its childer across the say and that's why we all understand it so well.

One Song Leads to Another

Séamus Mac Mathúna

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Before I leave the singers of Clare I would like to recall one monumental singing session at the Fleadh Nua in Ennis in the mid-seventies. Amongst those who took part were Tom Lenihan and Mike Flynn of Miltown Malbay, Michael Flanagan of Inagh, Siney Crotty from Kilbaha and inevitably Robbie McMahon.

Elizabeth Crotty 1885-1960

It was back in 1885 that the youngest of the large Markham family Elizabeth was born near Cooraclare, West Clare . By the time of her death in 1960 she had become recognised as one of Ireland's foremost exponents of the concertina.

In the intervening years Elizabeth had married Miko Crotty and together they established Crotty's Public House in the Square, Kilrush. It was from this House of Music that Elizabeth Crotty's reputation quietly grew. Ciarán MacMathúna's first excursion to rural Ireland in 1950's with R.T.E.'s mobile unit was to record Mrs. Crotty.

Mrs. Crotty was a gentle and unassuming woman and a natural musician who enjoyed a unique mastery of the concertina. In fact people would seek out her company and sit quietly captivated as she played. But what she loved most of all was teaching and encouraging young musicians.

She became a pioneer of the Fleadh Cheoil movement and was elected the first President of Comhaltas in Clare, a position she held until she died.