Ire­land’s first hall of famers

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The Imro Academy, Ire­land’s an­swer to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, was launched this week. Its first in­ductees were River­dance com­poser Bill Whe­lan and Bren­dan Graham, who has writ­ten sev­eral Euro­vi­sion-win­ning songs, as well as the lyrics to the much-cov­ered song You Raise Me Up.

Whe­lan and Graham were given the spe­cial treat­ment with a cer­e­mony at Dublin’s Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, which also hosted the world pre­miere of their com­po­si­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion The High Line, per­formed by Brian Kennedy.

There will be two in­ductees into the Imro Academy each year, which aims “to cel­e­brate and mark the suc­cesses of Ire­land’s iconic song­writ­ers and com­posers who have made a very sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural and so­cial im­pact in Ire­land and/or in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

“No cre­ator goes out with the ex­pressed in­ten­tion of be­ing a flag bearer for Ire­land, but nonethe­less, this is the in­evitable con­se­quence when their work res­onates so pow­er­fully with over­seas au­di­ences,” said chief ex­ec­u­tive Vic­tor Finn. “The Imro Academy will cel­e­brate Ire­land’s cre­atives.”

Bill Whe­lan and Bren­dan Graham: in­ducted

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