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My name is Thomas McCarthy and I come from Birr in County Offaly in Ireland. My family are the McCarthys who settled there generations ago. I am an Irish Traveller, and come from a long line of old traditional singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong.
These days I am based in West London but regularly go back home and have travelled back and forth since I was a child. When I went to Ireland as a child I would stay with my uncles and aunts who all sang.
I continue singing the old songs myself, I find great comfort in them and in continuing my tradition which I am passing to my niece and nephew who are fine little singers. I am confident that the tradition will continue.