As football preoccupies many a mind, Boyle Singers gathered for the June session.
Tidy Ann from Euge. The Rigs of Rye, Clare, Banks of the Lee, from Frank and Marian sang An Bonnan Buí.
Breege sang of Josie Mc Dermott, to remember him on his 20th anniversary.
Jim, Carraig Dun – heard from the McPeake family. Helen – a lovely melodic song, Be faithful lovely girl, be true to me about a soldier going off to the Lebanon war.
Paddy sang about the fair in Dingle. His brother, Tom, Sunday morning going down. Paddy was celebrating his 64th birthday whilst others were celebrating Andy Irvine’s 70th!
Michael, Go lassie, go. Marie, Dark -eyed gypsy oh. “There were 3 gypsies” – it was beautiful. Bríd, The Lakes of Sligo; Nace, Isle of hope, John, Lovely Rose of Clare. Nace also was “Sitting in the firelight, rolling back the years’”... we all were, by the end of the night.
There were recitations: Gene Sheerin, Céilí Band; Frances, The weather and Paraic, Unwelcome visitors.
More news of weather from, Frank, “On a gloomy Summer’s evening; George, “I’m sittting here and thinking of those days long ago... Summer days were warmer then, long long before your time”.
Final count, forty songs, seven recitations and into the small hours.