Last updated: February 23, 2014
Haul on the Bowline The Mermaid Tomorrow
21st February: Hooks and Crookes were delighted to be asked to sing at an event commemorating the gallant crew of the Helen Blake lifeboat from Fethard-on-Sea, nine of whom lost their lives in an attempt to effect a rescue of the Mexico in stromy weather off the Keeragh Islands exactly 100 years ago.
We got the ferry from Passage East and arrived at Nevilles Bar in Fethard where we had a lovely meal (tradititonal fish and chips was the order of the day!). We moved across the road to St Mary's Community Hall, where Liam Ryan was delivering a fascinating lecture on the history of the event. After the short intermission there was some wonderful traditional Irish music, followed by a local couple singing sea shanties and ballads. Then local school children sang a few haunting songs, which went down well.
We were last to sing, dressed in our new clobber, and we delivered a varied set of songs and in some style too, which seemed to go down well with the packed hall. We were even asked for an encore and we rolled out Óro 'sé the Bheatha 'Bhaile, and everyone joined in. It was a long night, not for us really but for the organisers, and the organisation was superb.
We adjourned to Nevilles again for a few jorums and two or three quiet songs.
A great night, and the start of our singing season. Aye
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