In the latter years of his life Garech Browne was eager to embark on a revival of Claddagh Records which he had set up in 1959 with his friend, Ivor Browne.
"I would like the recordings to be available to anyone interested in Irish music, poetry and the spoken word. They are no good to anyone where they are now," he said referring to the many boxes of original Claddagh recordings stored in the vaults of The Bank of Ireland at College Green, Dublin, originally Ireland's Parliament Building.
At the time of his death in March 2018 he was planning the re-release of several albums. He had also embarked on compiling an archive of the extensive documentation - correspondence, contracts, photographs, artwork, minutes of board meetings - relating to Claddagh over 60 years. And he had started collaborating on a history of the record label and this is scheduled for publication next year.
The Browne family remain involved with the company.
In 2020 Claddagh Records signed a global licensing agreement with Universal Music.
"This agreement with Universal Music Ireland is a most exciting development as it signals a very exciting new chapter for Claddagh and for Ireland's cultural past. Garech's lifelong wish was for Claddagh recordings to be accessible nationally and internationally" - James Morrissey, Chairman, Claddagh Records.
Claddagh's new online store was re-designed and re-launched in 2021 with the goal of becoming the first stop for Irish traditional and folk music. With an ever-growing offering, CladdaghRecords.com is dedicated to bringing the very best of Irish poetry, Irish music and merchandise directly to our customers' doors. We proudly operate out of our home in Cecilia Street, Temple Bar.