Junior's Songs and Poems


  1. Tribute to Scully Casey
  2. A Quilty man's dream
  3. Lament for Willie clancy 1, 2, 3
  4. Lament for my dear brother Dr. Tony Crehan
  5. Gleeson of coore
  6. How I lived to be ninety
  7. Juniors last wish


How I lived to be ninety


Working hard from dawn ot darl

Playing irish music as gay as a lark.

A few pints of guinness'twas always the rule

I hated cross people I always kept cool

I had a wife the pride of my life

She fed me eith spuds bacon cabbage and mate

I found it very hard to replenish my plate

I had two great sons they never came empty#

They always suppiled ne with full and plenty

But God in his justice he took one away

Which leaves me to mourn by night and by day

I had three lovely girs as good as gold

They nursed me and helped me to live very old


Junior Crehan 17-01-98


Junior the Composer

The number of Junior's musical compositions is not long. He composed about 40 tunes but about half of them wer lost in his early yrears. There were no taperecorders and Junior did not write music, he depended on his memory. Sound appealed to him, birds singing, the noise of a stream, the throb of an engine. This inspired him to compose jigs, reels and hornpises. He we generous with his music and gave it freely to felow musicians. Junior said traditional music and song c0ome our of a feeling for people and things. Long may we have that feeling with us.


His musical Compositions

The mowing machine

Creahan's Banbhs

Poll an mhadra uisce

The stack of oats

Farewell to Miltown

The West Clare Railway

The mist covered mountain

Mo ghrá thú

An luathradawnes jig

The Hills of Coore

The last House in Balymacken

The stack of Rye

May Bán

Lament of the country House Dance

Caisleán an Óir

The Thatched Cabin

The sheep in the boat

The musical Doctor

Her lovely hair was flowing down her back

I have a house of my own with a chimney built on top of it.


1930's and 1940's


Junior saw harsh times in the 1930's and 1940's, the economic war had almost brought Ireland to its knees. The passing of the Dance hall Act in the 1930's succeeded in banning the house dances. Junior spoke with passion about the country house dances. He said they were places where the tradition of musicmaking , storytelling and dancing were passed on. Emigration was very high at this time. A lot of Junior's musical friends such as Bobby Casey, Willie Clancy, and Martin Talty Emigrated. This was a very sad time for Junior as there were no dances and no one to play with.




Three Generations

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