Friday 26 September 2014

Tomsie O Sullivan remembers Garland Sunday in Lahinch

Cuimhneamh an Chláir: Tomsie O Sullivan remembers Garland Sunday. "Tomsie recalls his memories of Garland Sunday in Lahinch. It was a special day, a day out for the local community and local farmers. Many arrived by train from as far away as Limerick. People walked up and down the street and the promenade all day long. It was often referred to as ‘Garlic Sunday’. A local man, Barney O’Higgins, called it Lughnasa. He said the Arannachs (people from the Aran Islands) come in for Lughnasa and visited The Well (St Brigid’s) and then came down to Lahinch. He describes in vivid detail the street scene that day. The Main Street was full of stalls from Hession’s Corner up as far as Kenny’s. Then there were several acts on show. One was a strong man show - he could balance a cart wheel on his chin. Tomsie says this was the act of the day. There was another fellow lying on a bed of nails..." Posted on Youtube on the 16th of August 2014 by Cormac McCarthy.

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