Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892) – No. 1 Bandmaster of the USA

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892) – No. 1 Bandmaster of the USA

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore was once the most famous entertainer in the USA. Born in Ballygar in 1829, he spent six years studying music in Athlone before emigrating to Boston aged 20. He excelled as a bandmaster, composer, conductor and showman. His band performed at...

The Kinnears from Balmerino to Ballybay

THE KINNEARS FROM BALMERINO TO BALLYBAY Arms: Sable, on a bend or, three martlets (or canary birds) vert. Crest: Two anchors, saltier ways, proper. Motto: I live in hope. WHAT’S IN A NAME? There have always been numerous variations to the spelling of the name with de...