March: ‘Songs From The Heart’ Videos

The songs and music of Ireland are very important reminders of the country people left as the stories told in these videos tell.

A Mheilte Cheann Dubhrann (Sandy hills of Ceann Dubhrann)
Danny Boy
Bí Thusa Mo Shúile  (Be Thou my Vision)
Bless This House
The Fields of Athenry
The Rose of Tralee,

 Mheilte Cheann Dubhrann by Margaret Felton
Margaret ,who left Dublin to work in famine relief in Africa explains why the song Méilte Cheann Dubhrann was so close to her heart whilst she was away from home.


Danny Boy by Daniel Kearney
Daniel, who now lives in Manchester explains the memories invoked by the song Danny Boy and why father-son relationships are not always easy. It is performed by Paul Lavers with the song sung by the late Frank Morrissey of the Irish Pensioners Choir.


Bi Thusa Mo Shuile by Crystal Baigent
Crystal, who left Dublin for London in 1987 explains how this hymn has sustained her through difficult times including adjusting to life in England. It is performed by Crystal with music by Crystal and her husband Simon.


Bless This House by Hugh
This parlour song reminds Hugh about the happiness of childhood holidays spent with his grandparents in Rathmines, Dublin. This was in stark contrast to his life at an English boarding school. It is performed by Paul Lavers. The song is performed by Count John McCormack using a recording from 1932.


The Fields of Athenry by Sinead Savage
Sinead Savage from Sligo explains why the song “The Fields of Athenry” means so much to her. It is performed by Sorcha Dawson with musical accompaniment from Hitchhikers to Dublin.


The Rose of Tralee by Ethel Corduff.
Childhood memories of growing up in a shop in Tralee, Co Kerry in the 1950s.
The piece is performed by Marcella O’Riordan with musical accompaniment by Tom Wheeler and Billy Faughnan of the Irish Pensioners choir.