Monday, May 27th, 2013

May Days

Brilliant sunshine on Saturday May 25th was the culmination of a week of work on Derralossary Churchyard. Thanks are due to Tom Heatley and his crew who had strimmed the whole graveyard earlier in the week in time for filming. Thanks also to Matt Byrne, from Bray, who used his space age lawnmower to leave the place looking like a lawn and to Murrough Brady for the loan of equipment. Evelyn Merrigan can never be thanked enough for tea, scones and sandwiches – ‘on the lawn’. Special thanks to documentary maker Angie Mezzetti, and her sister Francis, who very generously donated their services to record footage and sound with well known writer, and Greystones resident, Lee Dunne. Lee will be the ‘star’ of a short film on You Tube in which he reads Grey’s famous ‘Elegy in a Country Churchyard’. This will be available in a few months time and linked to this website. Lee’s work for the Derralossary Project is hugely appreciated. What was remarkable about the day was the flow of visitors from abroad which might suggest that Derralossary has some potential as a tourist attraction. Some of the regular crew from the parish of Rathdrum and Derralossary, with Glenealy, were unable to make it on the day although Canon John McCullagh was able to join us for refreshments. Some photos of the day are posted below.

Matt Byrne - volunteer from Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Matt Byrne – volunteer from Bray, Co. Wicklow.

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Canon John McCullagh interviewed by Angie Mezzetti

Canon John McCullagh interviewed by Angie Mezzetti

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