Diarmuid Ó Muirithe (ed) with musical transcription by
Seoirse Bodley (Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1982)
& The Christmas
Songs of Luke Wadding, Bishop of Ferns 1683-1688 (Dublin: M.H. Gill, 1960),
introduced by Thomas Wall.
In the village of Kilmore in
county Wexford a tradition exists of the unaccompanied singing of carols at
Christmas, the words of which date back to at least the 17th
century. The words of at least two of the carols still sung in Kilmore
originate with the friar Luke Wadding, Bishop of Ferns, 1683-1688. In 1684
Wadding published his Pious Garland,
containing mostly religious poems and songs. This pamphlet edited by Thomas
Wall analyses Wadding’s life and some of his songs and poems. In 1982 the
specialist publishers Dolmen Press undertook a more ambitious project recording
not only the Wadding carols still sung at Kilmore but also carols associated
with other areas of county Wexford, notably the carol known as the Enniscorthy
Carol, which has become more widely known was the Wexford Carol.
information about the Kilmore and Wexford carol traditions visit the Reading
Room at the Ask about Ireland website www.askaboutireland.ie.