Johnny Cronin, RIP

Johnny Cronin, RIP

A Chairde:
It is with great sadness that I relay this information to you regarding the death of Kerry box player Johnny Cronin.

From the Irish Examiner, Monday, November 24:
CRONIN. JOHN (Curragh House, Aghadoe, Killarney): On November 22, 2008, at his residence, beloved husband of Aileen and loving father of Róisín, Hannah and Orlaith. Sadly missed by his loving wife and daughters, sister Maria and her husband Séamus, niece Gobnait, nephews Michael, Jimmy, John, Brendan and Jerry, also Linda and his grand- nephews Dylan and Mattie, father-in-law, mother-in- law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. RIP. Reposing at his residence today (Monday) from 5pm to 8pm. Requiem Mass tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am in Christ the Prince of Peace Church, Fossa. Burial immediately afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery. In iothlainn Dé go gcastar sinn.

Many New York area musicians and dancers will remember when Johnny lived in New York City and played regularly with Joe "Banjo" Burke, Denis O’Driscoll, Mike Flanagan and many others. He was a great box player, and his true love of the music always came through in his playing.

Although Johnny had moved back to Kerry, he continued to regularly visit New York to play and to maintain the friendships he’d made here. His music was always a welcome breath of fresh air! Johnny was a gentle soul, and he will be sadly missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

No, the recently deceased is an accordion player from the Killarney area who was married to Aileen, one of Dan Connell’s (pub owner in Knocknagree).. The fiddler you referred to is also deceased also named Johnny Cronin who emigrated to New York and he was the brother of Paddy Cronin who lives in the Killarney area also.

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

Are you writing about the same Johnny Cronin, box-player from Kerry, who came to San Francisco some years ago? The Johnny Cronin who visited us, resembled Tin Tin’s Captain Haddock. Is this the same man?

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

The man I met looked to be in his thirties; introduced himself as being from Killarney, by way of New York City; and was indeed a glorious box-player.

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

i believe he is mentioned by joe cooley on the "cooley" cd, discussing the many irish musicians he met in america…"the cronin brothers from kerry"….

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

Again Cooley was referring to the fiddle playing Cronin Brothers, Johnny and Paddy who were both out in the States around the time that Cooley was over here, with Paddy up in Boston and Johnny down in New York. They were from Gneeveguilla. That Johnny died in 1991 in New York where he is buried in St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx where Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, James Morrison and Andy McGann were all laid to rest and perhaps a few more.

Re: Johnny Cronin, RIP

Confirmation has come that our box-playing visitor from Kerry was the very same Johnny Cronin. He was a lovely man, and a fine musician.