22 September 2014

Matt Cooper

The BIB has received from Tim Rogers and Sean McKerr the sad news that Matt Cooper of Dublin passed away on Friday night (19 Sept.) after a hard battle with cancer. The funeral mass will be held at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 24 September at his local church, the church of St Philip the Apostle, Mountview Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

Matt was a self-effacing man whose talents and character should have been more widely known, and we hope the BIB will be able to publish accounts from those who knew him well. As a very slight acknowledgment of Matt's worth, he was an accomplished luthier who built, repaired, and set up instruments to a very high standard for musicians including Niall Toner and Tim Rogers. His son Charlie, one of the most talented among younger musicians to have emerged on the scene here, is expert on all the bluegrass instruments. The BIB's condolences go to Charlie and to all Matt's family.

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