Big Tom still drawing the Crowds

The popularity of Big Tom and his music and the esteem that he was held in is evident on a weekly if not daily basis by the arrival of visitors to inspect his bronze statue located at Market Square.

Last week over 30 people travelled from the parish of Ardagh in North Mayo a round trip of over 400 kilometers to visit his bronze statue and pay a visit to his grave in Oram cemetery.

Local Councillor Aidan Campbell met the group on their arrival and formally welcomed them to Castleblayney and was able to give them an insight to Tom’s daily life in his native Oram and his links to the town of Castleblayney particularly through his former public house the Old Log Cabin.

The group who were led by the Chairperson of Ardagh Social Services Anne Egan had an overnight stay in Dundalk and had also spent sometime in the village of Carlingford.

Group Leader Anne Egan explained that the group goes on an annual trip each year to different parts of Ireland and as most had an affinity with Country music and particularly with Big Tom and his music that a visit to Castleblayney was an obvious choice this year.  She said ‘they were delighted with the reception they received in Castleblayney and remarked on the friendliness of people they met on their visit to County Monaghan and Louth’.  She thanked Councillor Campbell for his words of welcome and for taking the time to meet with them.