Tipp concert celebrates heroes of War of Independence with 7 new songs

An album of new songs written by highly regarded Roscrea songwriter, Séamus Doran, will be launched in Brú Ború in Cashel tonight to remember some of those who fought and died in the War of Independence.

The CD launch and the concert are the culmination of a significant project put together by Doran to “remember in song the contribution Tipperary people have made in Ireland’s fight for Independence, in this, the Centenary of the Decade of Revolution.”

Doran has written a song for six of the most prominent characters of that period, namely, Thomas MacDonagh, Michael Hogan, Seán Treacy, Dinny Lacey, Seán Hogan, and Dan Breen, though he says he also wants to recognise “the huge sacrifice countless other Tipperary people made in Ireland’s struggle for freedom throughout the ages”.

The seventh song in the series written by Doran and performed by well-known Tipperary singers is a reflective one on the civil war.

“Unlike many nations in today’s world, we are living in relatively peaceful times in our beautiful little country,” Séamus Doran said yesterday. “We can go about our daily lives free from oppression, with the right to practice our faith, the right to vote, the right to own our own house, the right to speak our native language, and enjoy our national games.The list goes on.

“Perhaps, we might even take all this for granted at this stage,” he said. “But, undoubtedly, we enjoy these rights and privileges, because of the brave and unfaltering stance of our forefathers against occupation and oppression.”

Tipperary people down through the ages have played a huge part, and have been to the fore, in this struggle for Independence.

“They gave their lives, and they had such dedication and courage.” Doran said ahead of the concert. “They deserved to be remembered”.

Speaking to Fran Curry from Tipp FM  – who will be MC on what promises to be a very poignant and emotional night for all present – Doran said the human experiences of those who had fought were foremost in his mid.

Dinny Lacey, famed in the song The Galtee Mountain Boy, was the only one of those remembered on the album who fought in the War of Independence and was subsequently shot by Free State soldiers in the Civil War.

Lacey was selected to command an IRA flying column of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade, which he did with great success between 1919 and 1921. He opposed the Treaty, as did most of his men, and He was killed in an action against Free State troops at Ballydavid. Over 1,000 Free State troops, under the command of General John T. Prout, who had been Lacey’s training and intelligence officer in the Brigade, converged on the Glen to capture Lacey and his men.”

“He was shot in the Glen by our own and you can’t gloss over that,” Doran told Fran Curry. He said he tried to put himself into Lacey’s mind as he was being hunted before his death. “He must have felt huge sadness [as he was being hunted], total dejection and demoralisation to think he has given his life for the cause to come to this end.”

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But he said the concert was “not a political event”.

“It is an occasion to remember reverently and respectfully all those from Tipperary who sacrificed their lives, so that we might enjoy freedom, sovereignty, and prosperity in ours,” he said.

The project was backed by the Roscrea-based Remembrance Committee, who say the launch of the CD ‘Ag Cuímhnigh Tiobraid Árann’ – Remembering Tipperary in the Centenary of the Decade of Revolution, is much-anticipated.

“Singers Tadhg Maher, Aidan Doran, Deirdre Scanlan, Aishling Rafferty and Zoe Gleeson will perform the songs live, with musical direction, sound, and lighting in the very capable hands of Pat Marnane, and a very impressive line-up of guest speakers includes Julianne McKeigue, May Casey, Niamh Hassett, Caitlin White, Seán Hogan, John Connors, and John Flannery,” they said. They thanked Labhrás and Una Ó Murchú, and Manager of Brú Ború, Ronan O Brien, for their hospitality, generosity and enthusiasm in hosting the event.

The committee acknowledged the “great support from Tipperary County Council, Tipp FM, and the local print media”.

 

‘My Name It Is Dan Breen’ with Tadhg Maher and Séamus Doran

 

‘Hogan From Greenane’ with Deirdre Scanlan and Séamus Doran

 

‘A Wee Cross’ with Aishling Rafferty and Séamus Doran

 

‘Alone on Talbot Street’ with Aidan Doran and Séamus Doran

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