Tuesday 24 January 2017

Laurel and Hardy and their poignant moment in Irish history

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Iconic double act Laurel and Hardy. Photo: PA
Iconic double act Laurel and Hardy. Photo: PA

Congratulations to Paul Whitington (Irish Independent, February 6) on his affectionate tribute to the immortal genius of Laurel and Hardy, and in particular for his reference to their arrival in Cobh at the start of their 1953 tour.

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Your readers might consider the sheer pathos of that scene: the greatest comic actors of their age forced by the whim of fickle public tastes to abandon the silver screen and, in their advancing years, return to their music hall roots, arrive by liner into a town that had, through the Titanic and Lusitania sinkings, experienced human tragedy on a monumental scale when the two were in those formative years of their career.

They hear the famed 'Cuckoo Song' ring out from the bells of Cobh cathedral and their eyes fill with sincere tears of gratitude.

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