I spotted this plaque recently in Bruff.
Two immediate thoughts were: yet another idle building with street art to try and contribute to the streetscape; and, I thought that Sean O’Riada was from Coolea.
While checking the internet later, I did find out that he was born in Cork and moved to Limerick at a young age.
In 1952, he graduated and got a job as Assistant Music Director in RTE – there must not have been too many school concerts back then if his first public performance was at the age of 21.
“It was in this house that Seán Ó Riada played in front of the public for the first time in the year 1952”