Delaney, John

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6 Anglesea Street, 1796–1803 [as apprentice to Thomas Perry]
31 Great Britain Street c. 1800–38?
17 Great Britain Street, 1803–10
18 Great Britain Street, 1810–14
29 & 30 Great Britain Street, 1830–38?


Apprenticed to Thomas Perry from 1796 to 1803 (Rice).

Rice notes that Delaney's family may, like the Perry and Wilkinson families, have had land in the Queen's County, that he was a staunch republican and supporter of Wolfe Tone, and that many of his violins carry the curious inscription: 'Made by John Delaney in order to perpetuate his memory in future ages. Liberty to the world, black and white'.

In partnership with his nephew Cornelius Gannon in 1821 (Graham).

Apprentice: Daniel Compton (Graham).

Succeeded by Daniel Compton in 1839 at 31 Great Britain Street (Graham).

[Dates and addresses differ according to sources: the Dublin Directories do not list Delaney prior to 1800. Teahan gives 17 & 18 Great Britain Street from 1801 to 1810 and 29 & 30 Great Britain Street c. 1830. Hogan gives 31 Great Britain Street from c. 1800 to 1824. The Graham papers (M3076, cited in Boydell, Card Index) gives the address as 31 Great Britain Street from 1814 to 1838.]

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  • Violins (2): National Museum of Ireland (Rice)
  • Violin: private collection. Mark: ‘DELANEY / DUBLIN'.
  • Published

  • The Compleat Tutor for the German Flute containing the best and easiest Instructions for Learners to obtain a Proficiency To which is added a choice Collection of the most celebrated Italian, English, Irish and Scotch Tunes curiously adapted to that Instrument Also a Dictionary explaining such Words as generally occur in Music [...] Dublin. Published by J. Delaney No. 31 Gt. Britain St. [c. 1800 (Humphries & Smith) or c. 1810 (Warner)]
  • Last Update: 17-02-2014