“What song best represents modern Ireland to you? I have some ideas about what artists should go on it: Villagers, The Gloaming, I Am The Cosmos, Mmoths, Le Galaxie, James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa O’Neill for example.
BUT, I also want your suggestions for what should be on the playlist too.
“The only restriction is that the song has to have been released in the last five years so there’s no room for ‘Jump Around’ and the likes of Dropkick Murphy’s or The Pogues or Thin Lizzy or Luke Kelly…
On Friday, I’ll curate 25 songs into a Spotify playlist that can be sent out to all the expats, those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day abroad or your friends from other countries so you can send it to them and say – this is Irish music.”
[Christine Buckley, top, a survivor of Goldenbridge industrial school whose testimony formed the basis of RTE's groundbreaking Dear Daughter documentary and with Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin in 2010. Above: a short profile of Christine made in 2009 when she was made Volunteer of the Year]
“Institutional abuse survivor and co-founder of the Aislinn centre Christine Buckley has died. She passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin this morning following a long illness. She is survived by her husband Donal, sons Darragh and Conor and daughter Cliona.”
Eileen Colgan, whose stage film and television career in Ireland spanned five decades [including fabulous hidden Gene Wilder classic Quakser Fortune] has died aged 80 after a short illness.
Apart (from possessing) extreme acting chops, Eileen was warm, wise and wickedly funny. She was so kind she even bothered to give us encouragement and advice over the years. We will miss her very much and send our condolences to her family and many friends.
The funeral mass will take place at 10am on Thursday at the Church of the Visitation, Fairview, Dublin with burial at St Patrick’s Church cemetery in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.