For Denis Moynihan


Dancing master Denis Moynihan, as he was known before he officially changed his name to its Irish version, Donncha Ó Muineacháin, was a popular teacher of Irish dance. He was known throughout Ireland for his choreography and repertoire of older steps. Some of these were passed down to Donncha from the County Cork dancing masters Joe O'Donovan and Cormac O'Keeffe, and we mustn't forget his own dance teacher, the Grand Lady of Irish Dance, Peggy McTaggart. The set dance played on this track by Séamus McGuire and Garry O'Briain was learned from a recording of Larry Redican who introduced the tune as 'For Denis Moynihan'; this perhaps implies that Redican composed the tune.


Séamus Connolly
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McGuire, Séamus (fiddle) and O'Briain, Garry (mandola), “For Denis Moynihan,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 12, 2024,