Singer and song Iarla Ó Lionáird takes three from the new al­bum

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Casad­hant Súgáin

“I won­dered what The Gloam­ing would make of this song.T hey have their own way of do­ing things, so what would they do with it? I sang it with Thomas in the stu­dio and as soon as he heard it, helovedit.He didn’t know any­thing about it and he hadn’t seen Brook­lyn. Maybe if he saw the movie, he wouldn’ t be so into it. We had a good han­dle on it pretty quickly.”

Slánle Máighe “It’ s by Ain­drias Mac Craith and he is thought to have writ­ten this poem int he 1750s. He was a mem­ber of the Filína Máig he po­etry school in Co Lim­er­ick. An as­ton­ish­ing lyric from a pe­riod in Ir­ish his­tory when to be able to write words us­ing a sys­tem­atic ap­proach and re­tain­ing feel and lyric al mean­ing was val­ued. The words tes­sel­late per­fectly, they stick to­gether with th­ese beau­ti­ful straight an­gles.”

The Pil­grim’s Song

“They’ re two Seán Ó Ríordá in po­ems, AS he anfhilí, Múinídh Dom Glao and

Oilithreacht Fám Anam. I don’t like to use the term shot­gun mar­riage but that’s what we have done here. I don’t know why I put them to­gether, they just sounded like they should be to­gether.”

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