Danny Boy Festival: Jane Ross Journey – Walking tour

Jane Ross. 0208SJ33
Jane Ross. 0208SJ33

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre / Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró is inviting the public to come celebrate the life of Jane Ross by taking part in walking tours of the Limavady town on Thursday, 4 and Thursday, 11 August!

The tours, to commemorate the life of this fascinating woman responsible for discovering the borough’s famous tune ‘The Londonderry Air’, will take place at 6.45pm and depart from the arts centre.

The walk will continue to Drumachose Parish Church. The journey will then finish back at the centre where refreshments will be provided.

The evening will include a history of the Danny Boy legend and a tour of Christ Church where the Ross family worshipped.

A short service will follow to celebrate the life of Jane Ross and participants will then have the chance to see where she is laid to rest. Walkers will then pay tribute to the Ms Ross by reciting the world famous song ‘Danny Boy’ at her graveside. Jason Kernohan from the Churches forum said: “The Churches Forum wanted to be part of the Danny Boy festival, to remember Jane Ross, who was a member of Christ Church. The Londonderry Air is known worldwide, but perhaps not so much is known about the lady who first wrote down the melody.”

Stephanie Neumann-Flynn, Arts Outreach and Events Officer also commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see the town in a different light and discover exciting facts of this famous lady who lived here. Without her we may never have known about this now world famous and globally recognisable song.”

The tour is free however places must be booked in advance as spaces are limited. This event is organised in partnership with the Limavady Churches Forum.

To book your place please call our Tourist Information Centre on 028 777 60650. Follow us on Facebook, twitter and www.roevalleyarts.com