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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Murt Curran

Leighlin, Carlow

Murt Curran

Murt Curran of Leighlin and now living in Carlow, is a champion Irish dancer, musician, teacher, adjudicator and broadcaster. He was born in New Ross in 1902. While working with farmers in Wexford he joined Fianna Eireann and the Sinn Fein Club and ended up as Intelligence Officer for the IRA in South Kilkenny.

Internee at the Curragh

Interned on the Curragh during the Civil War Murt went on hunger strike, despite medical advice that it would kill him. After ten days the Free State authorities discharged him.

In 1926 he came to Leighlinbridge where he married and farmed a small holding. From then on Murt was in great demand all over Ireland and in England to teach Irish dancing.

Bring down the lamp

He spent many periods in England teaching and giving exhibitions. He is holder of the Championship of England gold medal and many more top awards.

Murt was the first to dance on the radio (sound only) from Radio Eireann. He has made many television appearances in programmes such as Bring Down the Lamp and Deanaroh Cecil.

During his long career he had many jobs as a traffic warden, a security man, caretaker, postman and -wait for it male model with the Violet Collins Agency in Dublin.

Source: The Nationalist Centenary Supplement 1883-1983

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2001 County Carlow Genealogy IGP