Sunday 11 December 2016

'My Irish heart bursts with pride' - Imelda May shares historical snap of grandparents following incredible Centenary show

Published 30/03/2016 | 07:45

Artists confirmed for Centenary include Imelda May, Jack L and Gavin James
Artists confirmed for Centenary include Imelda May, Jack L and Gavin James

Imelda May is basking in the glow of RTE's hugely successful Centenary show in which she performed on Monday night.

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The incredible 90 minute show, broadcast live from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Easter Monday night, boasted performances in dance, theatre, and song from the cream of Irish talent to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

The hit Dublin singer said the weekend "was very special" and, in a message to fans on Facebook, she congratulated all involved, especially those who worked on Centenary.

"It was such a pleasure to work on it," she wrote. "Congratulations to our President Michael D Higgins too.  His heartfelt speeches were moving, honest, inspiring and uplifting."

Picture: RTE Press
Picture: RTE Press

Imelda also said that her "Irish heart is bursting with pride" and shared a historical photo of her grandparents who were both volunteers in the 1916 Rising.

!I think my Granny and Grandad, who were both volunteers in the 1916 Rising, would be proud," she wrote.

"Here's to you with gratitude Maisie Morrissey and Joe Comerford!"

Centenary attracted an impressive 491,000 viewers on RTE One, representing 35 per cent of the available audience on the night.

These are my Grandparents. Tonight my Irish heart is bursting with pride. This weekend was very special. Congratulations...

Posted by Imelda May on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Reaction to the show on social media revealed that many viewers were emotional watching the show unfold.

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