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Photograph Album 29

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Liam O'Shea from Dublin, Kathy Neary from Reading, Pat Murphy and your faithful correspondent together at the Connie Ryan Memorial Weekend in Cecil Sharp House, London, February 1999.

thanks to Kathy Neary

The Mullagh Set posing in 1969 in Michael and Betty Sexton's sitting room with their many awards - standing Ollie Conway, Betty Sexton, Tony Talty, Michael Sexton (standing on his accordion case), Tone Darcy, Kathleen Haugh, Willie Keane, seated Maureen O'Grady and Rita Tubridy.

thanks to Michael and Betty Sexton

Michael and Betty Sexton enjoy their comforts by the kitchen range at home in Mullagh, Co Clare.

As well as being busy with the band, Michael and Betty still keep cattle on their farm in Mullagh. They have raised two children, both married now.

The Michael Sexton Ceili Band at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin, January 1999 - Pat Curtin, Caroline O'Dea, Ralph Morgan, Dave Culligan, Mick Mulkerrin calling the sets, Michael Sexton and George Byrt.

After a car breakdown in bad weather, Sean Dempsey arrived to call a ceili with Michael Sexton in Batley, West Yorkshire, drenched and covered by a blanket. He was revived quite successfully by borrowing clothes from Dave Culligan, the band's drummer, and our photographer who deserves most of the credit for Sean's exceptionally smart appearance.

Mark Waters

Michael Sexton and his band (with guest musicians) in Yorkshire.

Mark Waters

Here's what set dancing looked like before the Irish got hold of it! These dancers are performing a quadrille in period costume during a break in the St Patrick's Day set dancing at Cecil Sharp House, London. The dancers are from the Quadrille Club organised by Ellis and Chris Rogers second and third from the left.

Geoff Holland

A buck set helped Willie Burke celebrate his birthday in style in March 1999 in the Claddagh Hall, Galway.

Ger Mulgannon

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