James "Packie" Dolan (1904-1932) was an Irish fiddle player and singer.
He was born in Ballinamuck, County Longford, the eldest of nine children. His father - a smallholder - played fiddle, and he taught Packie. During the Depression the Dolans made the decision to send their eldest children to the U.S., and in 1919 the fifteen-year-old Packie and his thirteen-year-old sister emigrated to New York City, where they stayed with an aunt.
Dolan became a plumber, playing music…
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