Tuesday 24th November saw the Irish Elderly Advice Network in collaboration with the Irish Pensioners Choir and ESB launch their CD of Irish poetry and song at the Embassy of Ireland GB.
The launch was generously hosted by the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Dan Mulhall (who also features on the CD reciting two poems by W.B Yeats) and his wife Greta, at the Embassy of Ireland GB. We would like to say a big thank you to them for their kind support of the project, the Irish Elderly Advice Network and the Irish Pensioners Choir.
We would also like to thank everyone who attended the launch. We were all so pleased that so many people, including journalists from the Irish Post; the Irish World; TG4; representatives from Camden Borough Council; the Ireland Fund of Great Britain; the Embassy of Ireland; and family members of the participants, among others, could join us. We were very touched that members of John Butlers family were able to share the afternoon with us, as John sadly passed away shortly after recording his poems. We hope that the CD can serve as a part of a lasting legacy of John.
Natasha Lohan led The Irish Pensioners Choir in giving excellent performances of Cunla, Raglan Road, including beautiful solo verses from Tom Wheeler and Jerry Hayes, and Bean Phaidin with brilliant verses sung in Irish by Aine Morrissey, Barbara Carroll and Maura Duckett. Well done everyone!
We were also treated to a reading by Ambassador Dan Mulhall, of ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ by W.B Yeats, which can also be heard on the CD.
So much hard work has gone into the recording of this album, it really is a beautiful project helping to preserve Irish culture and heritage. It would not have be possible without the generous grant from ESB and the continued help and support of Liz Halsall and Clare Duffy in particular. Thank you also to Tunehouse Productions for composing the music, recording and producing the album and to Eithne Twomey for allowing her artwork to be used on the sleeve. And of course a huge thank you to everyone who recorded on the album, it sounds truly magical!
The CD would make an excellent Christmas present or stocking filler or just a treat for yourself. CDs cost £10 and all proceeds go towards supporting the ongoing work of the Irish Elderly Advice Network in helping to tackle depression, isolation and poverty in older Irish people. You can purchase the CD online soon via http://www.irisheldersadvice.org.uk or by calling 020 7428 0471.
The Irish Elderly Advice Network is generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme, the Ireland fund of Great Britain, Camden Borough Council, Bridge House Trust and other funders.