The Basque woman five seats down from me was in awe. The stadium was packed. Over 50,000 souls had taken over the place and turned it red. It was only a ‘friendly’, but the supporters of the ‘home’ team cheered every pass and move with a gusto which was totally out of kilter with the importance of the occasion.
“Why does everyone in Ireland support Liverpool?” she asked me at half-time. “Do you not support your own teams?”
In the city of Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, and St Patrick’s Athletic, she was shocked to see so many Dubliners come out to support a team from the old colonial power.
01. Seven-piece outfit Ensemble Ériu are among a brace of bands and artists taking a modern approach to Irish traditional music.
02. Second album Imbas (an Old Irish word that is used to describe inspiration or creativity) follows their eponymous 2013 debut, and released this past June on Ensemble Music/Raelach Records. It’s streaming and available for download here.
03. Streaming above is video footage of some of their 2014 set in Coughlan’s of Douglas Street, Cork, taken by Meade Films.
04. Playing next in the wilds of the wild West, Connolly’s of Leap, this Friday. Doors 8pm, tickets €10. Next Wednesday seems them at An Lab, in An Daingean; Thursday week at Belvedere House in Dublin; and Friday week in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow.
Verdict: Bringing a wide range of contemporary ideas to the trad oeuvre, taking in jazz and ambient elements, the Ensemble are among the forefront of the genre’s revival.
I saw this sign on the way home yesterday by Trinity (and the glorious Luas works). Was really glad to see the Gaeilgóir community helping Dublin City Council out by finishing the word “seo” off. Gaeilge beo!
I know you dont normally do this but myself and some other Irish expats in Barcelona are looking to rebuild the Irish community here – it was hit hard by the crisis – and we were hoping you could give us a plug.
We’ve setup Irish In Barcelona. Its a simple email signup and we promise never to send more than four emails a year. We could do something more sophisticated but we hope that by keeping it low impact we will get a broad range of people signing up.
The newsletters will contain info about every Irish related event on in the city – business, social, sporting, cultural – the lot. It’s been up just over a week now and we have a slow but steady rate of signups. If you know anyone interested then please spread the word!