History of Crotty's Pub Kilrush

Elizabeth Markham - Mrs CrottyIt was back in 1885 that the youngest of the large Markham Family, Elizabeth, was born in Cooraclare, West Clare. By the time of her death in 1960 she had become recognised as one of Ireland's foremost exponents of the concertina. In the intervening years, Elizabeth married Miko Crotty and together they established Crotty's Pub in Kilrush.

Crotty's Pub became a well known landmark for the meeting of musicians and from here Elizabeth's reputation grew.  "This was due, of course, to the sweetness of her music and to the sweetness and graciousness of the lady herself" - Ciarán Mac Mathuna (broadcaster).

Ciaran's first excursion to rural Ireland with RTE's mobile recording unit was to record Mrs Crotty.  A lifelong friendship ensued and Ciaran was responsible for keeping Mrs Crotty's public profile alive by playing her tunes and remembering her fondly on his radio programmes.

Michael Tubridy has chronicled her life through the written word.  Michael was a great student and friend of Mrs Crotty and treasures her concertina to this day.

Internationally famous concertina players of today have been influenced by her style and interpretation of traditional music.