Scoraíocht hit the ground running last Friday 20th May.
On arriving at Holyhead on the Ferry from Dublin they were met at the Port by Alan Williams of Stena Lines Ferries and John Cave MBE of the Maritime Museum and led by Car to the Holyhead Arts Centre where they were individually greeted by the Lord Mayor of the town Councillor Ane Kennedy.
Scoraíocht performed to a packed house for half an hour under the direction of Liam Reynolds and Rose Downes.
We had show stopping performances by Niamh Cummins and Siobhan Farrelly along with David O’Brien.
Musicians were led by Liam Reynolds consisting of Bernard Carrie on Bass Declan Reynolds on Drums, Mick Griffith on Guitar and Vocals. Also playing were Tommy Sheils on Flute Bartle Woods on Fiddle, Ailish Quinn on Accordion Davey Reynolds ( Laytown) on Accordion and Michael Byrne (Drogheda)on fiddle Cormac Sharkey from Dawson’s Demesne Ardee.
Dancing were Helen Segrave ( Drogheda) Mary Halpenny and Kathleen Murtagh ( Drogheda) and Ann Marie Cummins of Smarmore
The next Gig was in Frongoch in Snowdonia National Park where we had a huge Facebook response directly with Rose Downes Scoraíocht’s Secretary and Director of Drama.
Again we had a car escort by the local 1916 Commemoration Committee into the tiny Hamlet.
Scoraíocht performed their 1916 Show on the very spot where 1800 Irish Rebels were interned after the 1916 Rebellion.
The following Mid Louth Prisoners were remembered on the Day
Dick Stokes ( Dromin)
James and Thomas Kelly ( Grangebellew )
Sean and Nichiolas Butterly ( Grangebellew)
Thomas Matthews ( Ardee)
Also Dublin man Charles O Breslin ( Grand Uncle of Rose Downes of Scoraíocht)
A presentation was made from Scoraíocht to Councillor Alwyn Jones who head’s the local Frongoch 1916 Committee.
Matthew at the local Frongoch Caffi was also thanked for his help.
Councillor Jones brought us on a trip around the North and South Camps and the famous bridge that led across the river to the Famous Croke Park.
The football final of the Wolfe Tone Cup between Louth and Kerry was held there in 1916 and all that was fondly remembered on the day.
After that we headed back to our Hotel in Bangor to get ready for our third engagement of the weekend.
That involved a informal evening at the Britannia Bar in Holyhead attended by the Lord Mayor, Mc Gee Family Band and Local choirs and local Band” Treadmoch”
This was a four hour marathon of Music Song and Dance co-ordinated by Liam Reynolds embracing all the musical genres of the packed house.
The Lord Mayor Councillor Ane Kennedy after been presented with a plaque from Scoraiocht, in her speech accepted an invitation by Scoraiocht to vist Louth later this year.
Scoraíocht would like to thank everybody who made the trip possible including our Sponsors Dunleer Credit Union, St Jude’s B&B and Ravel Removals and Storage
Also thanks to Tommy Mc Cabe PRO of Scoraiocht, Bernadette Sharkey Treasurer, Bernard Carrie Sound Engineer on the Tour.
Thanks to Bernadette Conlon on Accommodation Co-Ordinator also Ane Obrien and Sean Murtagh and Deirdre McGuigan on behind the scenes work over the whole weekend.
Also we would like to thank the three youngest travelling with us They are a Brass Set called The Celtic Trio consisting of Brian and Lucy O,Malley and Adele Maguire all from Drogheda. They played a special tune in Frongoch in memory of all the Irish Rebels.
Scoraíocht’s next event is on Sat. 12th June at the Teach Scoraiocht Garden where we will have the Big Circle and excerpts from the 1916 Show along with visiting musicians from Derry, Dublin and other parts of Ireland.
Also a Table Quiz is to be held in Shearman’s Bar Dunleer on Thursday 23rd June