Morrison Teach Cheoil


  • Padraig Kerins
  • Riverstown
  • Co. Sligo
  • +353 71 9165283
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The James Morrison Teach Cheoil or the Morrison Cottage commemorates fiddle player James Morrison, his contemporaries and the musicians of the Riverstown area. The building is located off the entrance road to Riverstown Community Park.

The Cottage was officially opened by Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley on Friday 13th May 2011. The attendance included Ministers; John Perry T.D., Tony McLoughlin T.D., Senator Michael Comiskey, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Árd Stiúrthóir an Chomhaltais and a large gathering of people from the local community and from farther afield. Joe Cunningham, who learned his music from James Morrison, travelled from New York for the event as did Raymond Conlon, President of the Sligo Association in New York. Joe Cunningham who is in his hundredth year recalled events from the life of James Morrison dating back to 1930s and 40s.

The establishment of a permanent memorial to James Morrison was the dream of Paddy McDonagh, renowned fiddle player from Riverstown. The building was blessed by Fr. A.B. O’Shea, parish priest of Riverstown and a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Minister. There was music in every corner of The Morrison Teach Cheoil and the sessions lasted away into the night.

Archive material relating to James Morrison’s legacy of traditional music will be housed at the Teach Cheoil.The Riverstown Branch also possesses a photographic record relating to all of the Morrison Festivals.

Anybody wishing to contribute material for exhibition or items which could be copied for the archive may contact: Hon.Sec. Sean Lyons (353)-71-9165880 or Chairperson Paraic Kerins (353)-71-9165283.

The cottage will be an added feature to community facilities in Riverstown. Classes in traditional music, song and dance will be held on a regular basis.

Donations can be forwarded to:

The Morrison Cottage Fund, Bank of Ireland, Stephen St., Sligo, Ireland
A/C No: 76257953, Sort Code 905440.

Supporters’ names will be listed on a plaque in the cottage.


The current committee of Morrison Teach Cheoil:
Title Name
Chairman Padraig Kerins
Co-Ordinator Martin Enright