My long time friend and renowned performer of the Irish flute – SEAMUS TANSEY (78) died unexpectedly in the early hours of yesterday morning at Craigavon Area Hospital.
Seamus – Rest in Peace.
Seamus was from Gorteen in Sligo.
He spent part of his life as a postman in his own area.
For personal reasons he left Sligo and came to live in Northern Ireland.
31 years ago I celebrated his marriage to his wife, Joan, from Ballyclare in County Antrim.
From then forwards they lived in Craigavon.
Seamus was initially part of the music / drama group called The Armagh Rhymers.
But for a long time he had been regarded as an expert in the Irish flute and was renowned and highly regarded.
He had long term connection with with the Flately family and taught Michael Flately to play the flute.
Apart from his music Seamus was an old-fashioned Republican.
He had a mischievous sense of humour.
One time a court in the Republic forwarded a series of three summons to him.
Seamus sent a letter to the judge
I wish to acknowledge the three summons you sent me.
I have only one request.
Could you please print all future summons on softer paper.
Seamus was very loyal to me and to The Oratory.
Every Holy Week and every Christmas Eve Seamus played at our Masses. He also read old Irish poems for us.
Like myself, nobody was neutral about Seamus. You either loved or hated him.
But he was mightier himself than all his enemies put together.
SEAMUS’ FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Monday 11th July 3 pm Arrival of Seamus at The Oratory.
Wednesday 13th July 3 pm Funeral Mass at The Oratory.
SUNDAY 17TH : Burial of ashes in Gorteen, Sligo.
MUSICAL TRIBUTE TANSEYS PUB GORTEEN
Seamus’ music is available on Amazon and on the SPOTIFY APP