Last updated: May 24, 2016
23rd May: our home port hostelry is being rethatched. Thatch is a fantastic material but it needs to be replaced regularly to maintain its insulating properties and its ability to keep out rain. Amby is doing a great job and it'll look well when its finished.
30 April: There is a Maritime Museum in Rosslare Harbour, down in the port area where ferry ships leave for Wales and France. It takes a huge effort to keep it open and accessible to the many travellers that use Rosslare throughout the year. Funding is, however, a major issue and the annual Shanty Festival is one means by which money is raised to help in this worthy cause. We were delighted again this year to be invited to perform. We had a great night, sang our few songs (which were appreciated as usual) and listened to fellow performers sing theirs. We enjoyed a sing-song afterwards with our friends from Cobh, the Molgoggers. And of course we enjoyed a few pints too, just the four of us (Ol, Dec, Tim & Pat) but no less enjoyable for that. We didn't forget either to drink a health to our absent friends (Colm & Tony, now sadly departed for Fiddlers Green). Both were present with us in Rosslare last year. What a difference a year makes!!
We rounded off an enjoyable overnight in Wexford by dropping into the Hook Lighthouse on the way home to Waterford, where Ann Waters kindly allowed us to sing a few songs for the many visitors.
The Great Lighthouses of Ireland are being celebrated in a new all-Ireland tourism initiative over the coming Bank Holiday weekend. Twelve lighthouses in all are involved and a range of activities are planned at each of these important sentinels so prominently located around our coast. There is a new Ancient East Tour Experience at Hook Head and we hope to drop in there on Sunday on our way home from Rosslare and maybe sing a few songs of the sea.
For more details have a look at Great Lighthouses of Ireland.
16 April: Sure 'tis great to be back singing again and today was a very good start down in Dungarvan, where we performed onstage for the many visitors to the now annual Food Festival. Mind you it was cold, but bright, so it wasn't easy to linger and listen to some rousing shanties but we entertained the passers by and the kids nearby having their faces painted so it must have been a novelty for them to hear unfamiliar but nice songs coming in their direction. After 40 minutes of singing, the Dungarvan Four (Joe was absent) adjourned to The Moorings for a well-earned pint of plain and a georgeous steak sandwich.
Great to be back is right!!
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