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The Love & Courage podcast.

‘Soulful audio interviews with inspirational people who have important insights and wisdom for our world today.’

Ruairí McKiernan (top left) meets Christy Moore (right).

Ruairí writes:

In what may be his most honest and revealing interview yet, the folk legend has opened up about how the death of his father impacted him at an early age, about the joy he has found in sobriety, hate mail he has received, and why he feels more needs to be done when it comes to environmental action….

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Yesterday

The Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, North Great Charles Street Dublin 1

John Connors, Christy Moore and Bressie helped launch a position paper on Traveller Men’s Health. Research shows that men in the Travelling community suffer more from depression, low self-esteem and discrimination.

The Pavee Point organisation wants a national strategy to address the suicide rate among the male Travelling community, which is almost seven times the national average.

Research published a decade ago showed Traveller men’s lives were 15 years shorter that the overall male population in Ireland. Pavee Point says there is nothing to suggest that has changed.

Call for strategy to address male Traveller mental health (RTÉ)

Meanwhile….

The Traveller advocacy group Pavee Point has welcomed the news that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has resolved to support the recognition of Traveller ethnicity.

Mr Kenny said on Wednesday that the Government would begin taking steps towards the recognition of Traveller ethnicity in the new year.

The Taoiseach said he had asked Minister of State at the Department of Justice David Stanton to prepare a report for the social affairs committee on the question of recognising Traveller ethnicity. The report is expected in a few weeks.

In fairness.

Pavee Point welcomes recognition of Traveller ethnicity (irish Times)

Rollingnews

Christy Moore DVD Launch

Further to Mike Scott’s song on the same subject…

Diageo Diageo have mounted a Crusade
Creating Arthur’s Day they’ve suckered us into their charade
Start ’em off on Alco-Pops tastes just like lemonade
Get ’em into the hit while they’re young and none the wiser

Diageo pump the volume up on Arthur’s Day
With The Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Tom Jones and David Gray
To flog their alcohol they’re revvin the youngsters up for a mighty spree
Twitter and Facebook tellin’ them where The Mumfords ‘r gonna be

(Chorus)

Happy Happy Happy Happy Arthur’s Day
Its such…. a Happy Clappy Advertisin’ Scheme
Drink sensibly they implore us, as their Hosannas sound a never-ending chorus
‘n kids get hooked on the fantasies that flash before us

Arthurs Alcoholiday is comin’ round again
He’s the patron saint of porter canonized by the Advertisin’ Men
The medics in the ambulance ‘ll be workin overtime,
The A&E ‘ll be like a drunk tank in the firing line
While Diageo goes AWOL at closing time

Gulp.

Christy Moore’s Arthur’s Day, out on September 26th.

Previously: The Glassed And Buried Song

Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Meanwhile…
waterboysThe bawdily-defiant cover (that looks like something) for A Song For Arthur’s Day by The Waterboys, also released on September 26.

 

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And there’s not many of them.

Christy Moore will play a benefit night in July for his old friend guitarist/songwriter Philip Chevron (above), who recently disclosed that he has inoperable head and neck cancer.

Born Philip Ryan in Terenure, Co Dublin, in1957, Chevron is a member of the Pogues and a founder of the Radiators from Space.

He said he will continue to write and play music until his condition is “lethal”

Christy Moore benefit night for Philip Chevron (Whelan’s)

A Conversation With Philip Chevron (ComeHereToMe, April 2011)

Philip Chevron

Illustration by Mice Hell via Rabble


With no maps to guide us we steered our own course/ Rode out the storms when the winds were gale force/ Sat out the doldrums in patience and hope/ Working together we learned how to cope

Two currachs were launched in to the Irish Sea by President Higgins literally this morning following a month-long workshop where a team have been hand-building the boats under the guidance of artist Mark Redden, who learnt the craft from Jackie Mons and Cork currach builder Padraig O Duinnin.

Sez Mark:

“The currachs stand for the quality of ancient design, a legacy left to us by our forbearers and a resourcefulness applicable to today’s life.”

The build site and future home of these boats is the East Wall Water Sports Centre beside the River Tolka where recently salmon returned to spawn after an absence of more than 100 years.

East Wall Currachs (Facebook)

(Pics: Mark Earley)