Last updated: May 6, 2015
We were on a busy mini tour over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Our first performance was in Fethard on Sea at Neville’s Restaurant and Bar where we were enthusiastically met by Irene Neville. After a brief warm up we launched into a lively programme of shanties entertaining the many diners in the restaurant and were enthusiastically received. Captain Long rendered a robust version of “Whiskey” Johnny which saw him perform for the first time in a “long” while. We then enjoyed a libation and some sandwiches to keep us from keeling over with starvation while travelling to Rosslare. We were sad to leave Fethard on Sea as we have had some lovely grub & grog there in the past and the air was full of expectation….The night was foggy and wet and we travelled safely to arrive at Rosslare at 19.50 hrs and immediately set about a sound check and having been briefed on the programme set and the the evenings entertainment. Our programme was well received and the new songs of “River” and “A Pint of Plain” went down a treat. Joe’s Lusitania being appropriate at present with the commemoration of the loss of the ship on the 7th May 1915 being 100 years ago this week was respectfully received and with good amplification the words were heard and appreciated. We had a curry and rice to follow and stayed to sing with the combined groups the timeless “Leave her Johnny“ after singing happy Birthday to John Boyce who was surprised by his lovely daughter with a candle lit birthday. Aye, another successful sortie by the Internationally famous Hooks and Crookes.
Our first performance of 2015 was at the Dungarvan Food Festival and it was a very successful Hooks and Crookes event, even though we were short on numbers. The day was a replica of 2014 with wind and showers but the turnout throughout the day was high. It was an enjoyable venue to perform at and we had a lovely few pints in the Lady Belle sponsored by the proprietor Deirdre. We rendered Cape Cod Shanty and a Pint of Plain there to entertain the "Grand National" punters. This was followed by lovely steaks in The Moorings sponsored by the lovely Marie ....
In performance we sang Shantyman, Sally Brown, River and A Pint of Plain from our new repertoire along with a few old favourites.
Thank you to the team in Dungarvan for a well organised event.
The Irish Naval vessel, the LE Aoife, was officially decomissioned in Waterford on Saturday 31st January 2015 by Paul Kehoe TD, The Minister of State at the Department of Defence, in the presence of local dignitaries, Navy personnel, the Army Band and local people. She was a warhorse of the seas around Ireland, where she served with some distinction for 35 years, although she didn't look a day of it as she was in tip-top condition for the occasion.
A brisk norwesterly blew down the Suir as she fulfilled her last official engagement in the service of the State.
"She was a ship of the line, with a mighty fine crew"
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