Ireland’s first hall of famers
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