PATSY TOUHEY STATUE

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If you are interested in the history and culture of Irish music, you might want to visit the Patsy Touhey statue in Loughrea, in County Galway. 

Patsy Touhey was a famous uilleann pipe player who was born near Loughrea in 1865 and emigrated to the United States with his family when he was three years old. He became a star of the vaudeville stage, performing across America and at world fairs. He also made several recordings that influenced generations of pipers. He died in 1923 and is remembered as one of the greatest masters of the uilleann pipes.

The statue of Patsy Touhey was unveiled in 2008 in Loughrea, near the place where he was born. It is a bronze sculpture by James Mac Carthy that shows Touhey sitting on a limestone block and playing his pipes. Behind him, on the wall, there are three plaques with portraits of Vincent and Peter Broderick, two other local musicians, and Touhey himself. The statue is a tribute to the musical heritage of Loughrea and Galway, and a reminder of the connection between Ireland and its diaspora.

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Patsy Touhey Statue

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