Limavady in the US spotlight

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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LIMAVADY and its history were the surprising recipients of online attention last weekend as a result of the high-profile funeral of US senator John McCain.
Mr McCain's request that Danny Boy be sung at his memorial service led to an online influx of interest in the song, causing a huge spike in visitors to an online video about Danny Boy and its Limavady connection, featuring Arts Outreach Officer Geraldine Smyth.
In the video - which saw an increase in views from 30 per day to 3,000 over the weekend as a result of Americans searching for 'Danny Boy' - Geraldine explains how a Limavady teacher recorded the now-famous folk tune and brought it to the world by sending it on to a publisher.
The role played by Limavady is marked with a blue plaque in the town.


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