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Limerick hurling anthem by Corrigan Brothers and Limerick Gospel Choir

Councillor Sean Lynch, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick with the Corrigan Brothers and the Limerick Gospel Choir rehearsing the new Limerick Hurling Song. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick

Limerick hurling anthem by Corrigan Brothers and Limerick Gospel Choir

By ilovelimerick correspondent Zoe Conway

The Corrigan Brothers teamed up with Limerick Gospel Choir recently to create their own version of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the Fire”, turning it into “This year the tide is turning, watching sporting Limerick playing Mighty Hurling”.




Ger Corrigan of the Corrigan brothers told me, “The background of the song is when Limerick beat Waterford, we decided to write a song to celebrate the Limerick hurling team. We chose ‘We didn’t start the Fire’ because it’s a nice anthem type song and we got in touch with the Limerick Gospel Choir because we wanted a band or group that represented Limerick very well.”

The song is a tribute to the Limerick hurling team in how far they have come this season, with a hope for it becoming the new Limerick hurling anthem. The Corrigan Brothers performed with Mayor Sean Lynch watching yesterday in St Michael’s Church, Denmark Street.

Mayor Sean Lynch congratulated everyone involved for the idea, saying, “Music is a great way to get the team going and sets the tone for the night. The Limerick team needs you to come out loud and support them with song and music.”

Secretary of the Limerick Gospel Choir Valerie Beegan told me, “After Ger emailed us, everything just took off from there. He asked us if we would be able to collaborate with him. He rewrote the words to the song ‘We didn’t start the Fire’ himself, to create this new hurling anthem. He came in to hear us last week with the words of the song with him, and David who is so good with the piano was able to just play it off straight away. This is our first night with guitars playing and having it all together. It’s fantastic, we all love it.”

Limerick Gospel Choir’s pianist David Idioh told me, “Valerie gets contacted from so many people around Limerick, and when she brought this up we all felt that it was a good idea. I feel that we are very lucky to have the Corrigan Brothers do this with us. I love hurling, so to get to do this is a fantastic experience.”

They plan to release the official music video when Limerick reaches the All-Ireland Quarter Finals if they beat the winner of the Carlow v Westmeath match. So keep your eyes peeled for the new fantastic Limerick Hurlers anthem!


For more stories on Limerick hurling, go here.

For more information on the Corrigan Brothers, go here.

For more information on the Limerick Gospel Choir, go here.

Pictures by Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick

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