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Posted by Johnny Mee on May 26, 2003 at 23:27:42:

In Reply to: Peony roses and Wild Woodbine posted by MM on May 25, 2003 at 15:27:06:

The Corpus Christi processions of the 1950s were always held after the last Mass on Sunday. A temporary altar was set up on the Mall and the Rosary was recited by a priest through a loudspeaker provided by Brose Walsh. The town band at the time was hastily put together and included Willie Keane (trumpet), Michael Halligan (trumpet), Jimmy Feeney (trumpet), Kevin Bourke (saxophone), Joe Dunne (saxophone), Bernie Murphy (saxophone), Padraic McDonald (sax), Sean Bourke (sax), Sonny Guthrie and Thomas Halligan (drums). Annie Stewart in Newantrim Street always had her litle house beautifully decorated for the occasion and the sacred monstrance was carried under a canopy in charge of local businessmen, including Dick Prendergast, Martin Parsons, Mr Baynes and Michael Treacy. Hymns played were 'Faith of Our Fathers,''Hail Queen of Heaven' and Tantum Ergo at Benediction. The Connaught Telegraph used to say 'great scenes of piety were witnessed in the procession.' It was a different Castlebar in those days.

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