By Dan Walsh at Gorey Civic Square
Gorey Civic Square was alive to the sound of music and celebration this evening to mark the Gorey May Bush Feile decorations and the welcome of summer and Bealtaine in a pleasant outdoor atmosphere of music, song, dancing and storytelling.
The well attended ceremony commenced with John Cullen of St. Michael’s Pipe Band playing appropriate tunes to open the event and welcome everybody to sit, listen or participate.
The official opening was performed by Cllr Andrew Bolger who emphasised the importance of the event and what it means to Gorey, he complimented the performers for their astonishing talent and congratulated the organisers and the support received from Springmount Garden Centre.
This year’s respective King and Queen are Ultan McGinty and Nessa Dooley, two amazing young ambassadors for the event, who also contributed a party piece to the entertainment section.
The ‘monarch’s’, with the assistance of Amanda Doran, ensured that the May Bush was decorated with ribbons, and remained at the centre of the community event that was all inclusive.
Rachel Uí Fhaolain was master of ceremonies, Éire agus Chulainn Ní Faoláin performed and assisted with musical accompaniment and other participants included Rince Óg and storytellers, poets and singers, including James Doran, Richard Kimmons, Mick O’Callaghan, Ola Riquet, Johnny Tennant, Anne Ireton, Bróna Ní Chionnfhaolaigh, Alannah Hammell, Ann Walsh, Bernie Walsh, Gerry Walsh and Myles Carroll. This is not a complete list of performers as it was an open event and anybody with a contribution to make were invited to step up.