A recently installed plaque to Carl Gilbert Hardebeck in the vestibule of Holy Family Church, Limestone Rd. Of German and Welsh extraction, born in London, and blind from an early age, he came to Belfast when he was 24. He learned Irish and began collecting Irish music. Hardebeck believed that if there was music in hell it was the bagpipes!
Eugene Dunphy, who has made a film on Hardebeck, spoke at the unveiling, and the brothers Mac Maoláin, retired priests Breandán and Caoimhín, unveiled the plaque. The unveiling ceremony, including performance of a Hardebeck piece, is documented in the video below. Dunphy is still researching the life of Hardebeck; if you have any information, contact him via his Hardebeck web site. (2016-04 Irish News article)