Republicanism has always been a hot topic in Irish politics and for that reason the Easter Rising has been kept in the dark for many years. So perhaps it’s a bit strange that we’re suddenly being exposed to the hidden lives of the people who helped form an identity of a new Ireland that would later lead to the war of Independence, another sensitive area which has been silenced for the sake of stability on this little island of ours.
For years this part of our past was unexplored by the young people of Ireland, and perhaps it was an uninteresting subject for the Celtic Tiger generation who at best formed a skewed version of history based on a film about Michael Collins featuring a very sneaky Eamon de Valera.
So I though I’d share an interesting new track by Irish artist Daithi called ‘Mary Keanes Introduction’. The song is inspired by an interview with his grandmother which gives an insight into an Ireland of old, where people danced for fun and welcomed people ‘on the run’ into their homes.
It’s very encouraging to see young artists exploring Irish culture in their music and I think the centenary celebrations should be looking to capture this alongside the historical significance of the events of the rising. So if you have a few minutes to take ‘The Foggy Dew’ off loop I think this will make a great addition to your weekend given it captures a true sense of an Ireland where our grandparents grew up.
Daithí O Dronaí is a music producer from Galway, he has published this song with a very heartfelt explanation of what the song means to him;
'A few years ago my Grandmother was interviewed about what life was like in Clare when she was younger. When I heard the recording I couldn't believe how personal and heartfelt it was, I hadn't heard anyone her age talk so honestly about love. I put parts of the interview to some chords I was writing and everything clicked into place. It's a great introduction to the upcoming record, which is inspired by living in the west of Ireland. My Grandmother is 90 years old, and still lives in a thatched cottage in Ballyvaughan'.