All around the country today, on this unprecedented St Patrick’s Day with the country in lockdown, people stood out in their gardens or sat around the kitchen and sang one of Ireland’s anthems, Oró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile.
Facebook posts from Glór na nGael and others said it was an opportunity in time of national emergency, to come together while staying apart – and sing one of Ireland’s much loved traditional songs.
The Durkan family in Meath with Comhaltas Tlachtga did this amazing version:
Some sang with the help of a bodhrán:
— Tristan Rosenstock (@TRosenstock) March 17, 2020
And all the neighbours came out in Churchtown (keeping 2 metres apart):
— Fiona Ní Aogáin (@fifiegan) March 17, 2020
It was even played on church bells – sounds gorgeous!
#OroSeDoBheathaBhaile played on the Cathedral carillon bells by Adrian Gebruers (that's my Dad ❤️) in #Cobh Co #Cork #RTEVirtualParade #StPatricksDay #StPatricksDay2020 @MuireannNic pic.twitter.com/WPeKKPk4MG
— Maeve Gebruers (@MaeveGebruers) March 17, 2020
A lot of people were sharing this timeless and brilliant version from the legendary sean nós singer Darach Ó Catháín:
Written by 1916 leader, scholar and poet Padraig Pearse, it’s a song of solidarity and hope on this strangest of St Patrick Days.
Beannachtáí Lá Fhéíle Padraig díbh ar fad!