Plaque for Leo The Great

by Amy Rohu

Leo Rowsome, the internationally-renowned uilleann piper and maker been honoured by a Dublin City Council commemorative plaque on the street where he lived and worked until his death in 1970, writes Amy Rohu.

 The decision to erect the plaque was made by the Dublin City Council Commemorations & Naming Committee, whose chair, Cllr Michael MacDonncha, said: “The Commemorative Plaques scheme allows the City to formally commemorate people who have made a significant contribution to the life of Dublin.

“Through his music, making, and teaching Leo brought happiness and joy to Dubliners and to lovers of Irish traditional music all around the world. It is fitting that the City in which he was born, lived, and worked, honours him with this commemorative plaque”.

Born into a piping family in Harold’s Cross, Leo went on to become a teacher, pipe-maker, and performer. As a performer he played all over the world, including at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

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