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Thread #84745   Message #1872156
Posted By: GUEST,Nigel Benson
30-Oct-06 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Cliffs of Moher (Dermot Kelly)
Subject: RE: Origins: Cliffs of Moher by Dermot Kelly
Dermot Kelly is also known in Clare for his other locally popular song "Joseph McHugh", as detailed below:

"Famed in song the legendry Joseph McHugh Pub is located in the village of Liscannor, Co. Clare, on Ireland's western Atlantic seaboard. On route to the world famous Cliffs of Moher the pub has for many decades provided a wonderful and enjoyable meeting place for local people and tourists.

"The bar gets it's name from it's now deceased but famed proprietor Joseph McHugh. He was renowned for his canny and witty personality and during his time the bar also served as a shop. The old bar area has been tastefully preserved to remind people of his time. The legend of Joseph McHugh has been captured in song and music and here's a verse to get you in tune:

"Come all ye young fellows who travel the land
In search of the craic with guitar in your hand
Go down to Liscannor in the county of Clare
You'll find a pub in it thats ever so rare
Go into McHugh's at the centre of town
You'll get a warm welcome from Joe 'talk it down'
The one legged canary will sing how yado
In the seven day licence of Joseph McHugh"

Words and music by Dermot Kelly ©