Brian Prior - A great send off.
A fine send off to a gentleman of traditional music.
This morning we gathered in St Joseph’s Church, Ennis to say farewell to a gentle but powerful soul. We took leave of our true friend Brian Prior.
As it should have been, it was Brian’s session collegues who provided the music for the funeral mass with a number of the tunes from the Foinn Seisiun collection. Brian’s best friend Frank Whelan played the very appropriate ‘Taimse i mo codladh’ on the Uilleann Pipes.
For a man who spent so much time encouraging those at the on the early rungs of traditional muisc there was no shortage of the great and the good among the mourners. Tommy Peoples, Siobhan Peoples, Kevin Crawford, Sean O Se, Paul Brock, Garry Shannon, Niall Keegan, Martin Connolly, Denis Liddy, John Lynch, Frank Custy and Padraic O’Reilly were some of those who turned up to see off a friend and fellow musician.
Comhaltas played their part too providing an honour guard at both the removal and again at the funeral. The Director General of Comhaltas spoke of the inspiration Brian was to all who encountered him. The Prior family invited all back to Cois na hAbhana where there was a fine buffet and a chance to air and swop stories of Brian. The afternoon was rounded off as Brian would have wanted, the very important session.