Andy Connors, Vinegar Hill
Andy Connors was born in the late 1930s and is now a great-grandfather. He lives at Vinegar Hill, an imposing and historic landmark high above Enniscorthy, County Wexford.
He is a fine singer of many old songs and speaks highly of other local singers like Willie Connors, Jimmy Berry and Kitty Cassidy. He would meet them from time to time at weddings or in the pub, where singing was always part of the proceedings. Though Andy has never been much of a drinker, he’d visit the pub to listen to the singers, hoping to learn new material.
Andy remembers being newly married and learning songs from his new wife’s grandmother, a 90-year-old woman called Brigit Kelly. His father-in-law was also a great singer. Andy’s repertoire tells of local places and Irish history from the battles at Vinegar Hill in 1798 right up to Traveller’s Rights protests at Cherry Orchard in Dublin in the 1960s.