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statue of three fiddlers?

My childhood next-door neighbor was a fiddle player from County Sligo. I am traveling to Sligo next week and was just told that there is a statue of three fiddlers in Sligo town, one of whom is my former neighbor, John Vesey. I can find nothing about this on the Internet. Does anyone know if there is such a statue in Sligo and where it is?

Thanks!

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1. Re: statue of three fiddlers?

I may be way off target here....but...

I wonder if your neighbor is thinking of The Fiddler of Dooney sculpture by Imogen Stuart, which is located in Stillorgan Shopping centre, in Stillorgan, south Co Dublin.

'The Fiddler of Dooney' is a Sligo-inspired poem by W.B. Yeats:

http://www.pbase.com/image/106429755

streetsofdublin.com/streetart-updates/public…

www.mayonews.ie/index.php…

A short piece here on John Francis Vesey born in Ballinacurry, near Tubbercurry in south Co Sligo:

…wordpress.com/hall-of-fame/john-vesey/

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2. Re: statue of three fiddlers?

Thanks for your response. i know about the "Fiddler of Dooney" statue, but there is allegedly a newish one of three Sligo fiddlers, Including John Vesey. I think one of the other two is Michael Coleman.

Mr. Vesey's granddaughter is an actress and visited Sligo recently on a show tour and some Sligo natives showed her the statue as she has the same last name. The granddaughter did not take a picture of it, but supposedly saw it.

I would like to find it and take a picture for the family if I can.

Thanks,

Mary

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3. Re: statue of three fiddlers?

Or perhaps this sculpture by the late Fred Conlon, a fantastic sculptor, which was commissioned by Ceoltas for the Fiddler of Dooney competition.

http://www.fredconlon.com/gallery.html

Also this in Tubbercurry, which ties in with the story

https:/…set-72157603598905966

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4. Re: statue of three fiddlers?

The Tubbercurry must be it! i found a different picture of the sculpture and there are three musicians in it--not all fiddlers, but I'm betting that's it.

Mr. Vesey came from a rural area between Charlestown and Tubbercurry and used to play in a pub in Tubbercurry when he was young. It may be my imagination, but the profile of the fiddler looks like him!

Thanks so much!

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5. Re: statue of three fiddlers?

Dear dubfam,

Just back from Tubbercurry and saw the sculpture. I didn't totally confirm that the fiddler is John Vesey, but it's close to the May Queen pub which is one of the places he played in his early days.

Thanks again for your help.

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