First mu­si­cal tour hits the right notes

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

A mu­si­cal tour ex­plor­ing the his­tory around ‘The Gorey Car­a­van’ song was launched last week by lo­cal tra­di­tional singer Rachel Uí Fhaoláin and North Wex­ford Tra­di­tional Singing Cir­cle.

The free walk­ing/bus tour called ‘Sean Nós Singing i nGuaire On Board The Gorey Car­a­van’ takes par­tic­i­pants on a jour­ney through Gorey, Pal­las and Cour­town. It in­cludes singing, while also ex­plor­ing the his­tory around the Sean Nós song.

Rachel said they were de­lighted to have his­to­rian Wil­lie Wil­loughby, Cllr Fion­ntán Ó Súil­leab­háin and Cllr Rob­bie Ire­ton take part in the first of these tours where they shared their knowl­edge of the song.

‘I plan on this be­ing a re­oc­cur­ring free event,’ added Rachel.

The Gorey Car­a­van was the name of a horse­drawn ‘long car’ which ran be­tween Gorey and Cour­town.

In the early 1900s two fam­i­lies, the Webbs and the Red­monds, were in­volved in run­ning the long cars. The song ‘The Gorey Car­a­van’ tells the story of a man who falls for a young woman but de­spite his best ef­forts he fails to win her heart.

For the first tour ev­ery­one met at the car park be­side Gorey Garda Sta­tion and they planted a Rowan tree to mark the be­gin­ning of the trip.

‘The North Wex­ford Tra­di­tional Singing Cir­cle was de­lighted to do­nate three na­tive Rowan trees to Gorey, Cour­town and River­chapel Tidy Towns,’ said Rachel.

Af­ter plant­ing the tree they strolled along the old route of the Gorey Car­a­van to the Mar­ket House. Wil­lie Wil­loughby shared his lo­cal knowl­edge on the build­ing.

The tour group trav­elled by bus to Pal­las where they sang and ex­plored the his­tory around an­other lo­cal song – ‘Eileanóir na Rún’.

‘We con­tin­ued our jour­ney to Cour­town at the Gorey Car­a­van’s fi­nal stop and our do­nated trees were planted by Cour­town Tidy Towns,’ said Rachel. ‘River­chapel Tidy Towns also ac­cepted a tree to mark this com­mu­nity event.’

The day con­cluded with a mighty tra­di­tional singing ses­sion in The Tar­avie Ho­tel.

An over­all thank you went to those took part in the tour; Wex­ford County Coun­cil and Bli­ain na Gaeilge for their sup­port; and lo­cal crafts­man Christy Doyle.

The first group to take part in ‘Sean Nós Singing i nGuaire On Board The Gorey Car­a­van’ tour.

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