What we did get was good: we sampled sets from Leahy’s Luck, Tallymoore, Navan (beautiful a cappela singing, but unfortunately drowned out by the nearby big stage amps), and Blarney. We caught sets of Irish dancing, and Scottish bagpiping. Patrick Ball, harper, had a particularly beautiful sound with his wire-strung harp, and was a good reciter of poetry as well. We listened to a couple of songs by the Open Arts Community Choir from Belfast, which was indeed a lovely choral group, but not doing Irish music. We lunched on a very nice Irish stew potato from Irish Baker, but the bridie we got from Winston’s for dinner was underdone. Other than that, everything we did get was good, it was just that the tension of watching the clouds and/or being rained on vitiated the pleasure.
And, to add insult to injury, when we got home, where we could have used the rain—it hadn’t rained! Scattered showers, indeed.
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