It is with regret and sadness that we have received news of the passing of Paul Ruane. A father to three beautiful girls and husband to Deidre. Paul was an inspiring figure on the Irish music scene on Tyneside. A fine fiddle player and teacher. Paul was deputy head teacher at St. Cuthbert’s High School and also taught many young people to play Irish music at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann classes that he ran from the Irish Centre.
He lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday 3rd August. Funeral details to follow.
A message from Tony Corcoran (Secretary)
We are all devastated by the death of Paul Ruane after the months of suffering he and his family endured. All I can say is that he left a fine legacy here in the city of Newcastle and in the Irish community. He and Dee have raised a lovely family around St Teresa’s in Heaton. St Cuthbert’s High School where he was Deputy Head has just been rated one of the top establishments in the region. The seeds he planted amongst many very young musicians in Comhaltas are coming to fruition. As a valued member of our management committee at the centre here in Gallowgate, he left me a vision of how it might develop. It’s not been realised yet but I hope we’ll get nearer to it someday soon.
Paul was a really brilliant fiddle player who won many all-Ireland honours but never a self-publicist. He and I shared a common Mayo heritage and probably our music owed something to the strong fiddle tradition in the northern part of the county. Like so many from those parts his parents came to Leeds where they still live. Our thoughts are with them in their time of trouble.
Most of all we are thinking of Deidre and the girls as so many of you are. We have been deluged with condolences and messages of sympathy here. It’s a sure sign that a great man has passed away but one we could not afford to lose.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.