Ashes of singer/songwriter Thom Moore scattered from Knocknarea
The ashes of singer/songwriter Thom Moore have been scattered from the top
of Knocknarea mountain, Co Sligo.
The 74-year-old writer of songs including 'Carolina Ruadh', 'The Scholar',
'Saw You Running', 'The Navigator', and 'Cavan Girl' died on St Patrick’s Day.
Tommie Gorman writing on RTE.ie said Thom's final wish was his ashes would be brought to Sligo, his spiritual
homeland for more than 40 years.
A celebration of his life and music took place in one of Sligo’s most
famous music pubs, McLynns of Old Market Street on Good Friday night.
At noon on Saturday, family members, musicians and friends climbed to the
summit of Knocknarea.
According to legend, the mountain top is final resting place of Maeve, the
Queen of Connacht.
Among those who took turns to scatter the ashes were Thom Moore’s wife,
Lyubov Gennadyevna, his stepson, Stan Zamyatin Moore and Rick Epping, who along
with his wife, Sandy, and Thom and Kathy Moore, formed the group, Pumpkinhead,
in the 1970s.
During the ceremony, a number of Thom Moore songs were performed on the
mountain top by musicians who became his close friends.
The guests at the event in McLynn’s pub included Tom Conlon, who
had successfully campaigned for Moore to be given an Irish passport in 2002.
His songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Nathan Carter, Maura O’Connell,
The Dubliners and The High Kings.
When he first came to Sligo in the 1970’s, he give guitar lessons and his
students included Pol Brennan of Clannad, who was boarding in Summerhill
College at the time.
After the break-up of Pumpkinhead, he formed Midnight Well with Janie
Cribbs, Gerry O’Beirne and Martin O’ Connor.
In 1979, his song ‘Cavan Girl’ won the Cavan International Song Contest -
it was inspired by the relationship of a Cavan couple, Michael and Rita Woods,
who befriended him and gave Pumpkinhead regular gigs at their pub, Coolera
House, close to Knocknarea mountain.
The sun shone brightly and the clear light gave perfect views of the Co Sligo countryside and the Atlantic as Thom Moore’s last wish was honored.
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