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Songs of Rebellion to take place at St. Marys Cathedral



Songs of Rebellion to take place at St. Marys Cathedral

The songs that tell their own stories of Ireland’s rebellions from 1798 to 1916 will be weaved into a special night on June 28 next when The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Limerick Museum and Archives present ‘Songs of Rebellion’ at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

Featuring renowned singers and eminent historians, the event will focus on the songs of rebellion and revolution, from the 1798 insurrection to the 1916 Rising. Singers will perform ballads from this period, while historians will give a unique insight into the context of the songs themselves.

The event will feature performances from Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, John Lyons, and Austin Flourish, as well as contributions from historians such as Tom Toomey, Maura Cronin and Liam Irwin, amongst others.




Said Jacqui Hayes, Limerick Archivist “Ireland has a rich repertoire of traditional song and Limerick has played no small part in contributing to that tradition. It also had a very significant role in the fight for freedom, with proud Limerick men Con Colbert and Edward Daly among the 16 leaders executed after the Rising.

“One has only to look at the amount of songs written about the city and its inhabitants, it’s wars and battles, trials and tribulations and local characters to see that it was very much part of a vibrant traditional song community.

“The well-known Irish historian, writer and music collector Patrick Weston Joyce described Limerick as ‘a home of music and song’.  Irish songs and music have as much as any medium brilliantly told the history of our nation’s fight for independence and Limerick’s ballad history reflects this.

“The event ‘Songs for Rebellion’ in St. Mary’s Cathedral will be an observance of our history through the very songs that tell that history and in this centenary year of the 1916 Rising, it would be remiss of us if we did not have such a celebration.”

Tickets for the St. Mary’s Cathedral are available from the Lime Tree Theatre and are priced at €5 Box Office 061 774774

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.