Croker lights up for Laochra
Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30
A spellbinding pageant will light up Croke Park today - to mark the official end of the State's Easter 1916 commemorations.
A full house is expected at the GAA headquarters to watch the Alliance football league finals featuring Kerry and Dublin, and Tyrone and Cavan.
After the football, thousands of performers will invade the pitch.
'Laochra' - meaning heroes - will feature some 3,000 dancers, singers, musicians and entertainers who will present the story of Ireland through the ages.
From the folklore of Cu Chulainn and our ancient Celtic past, right up to the British invasion and the Gaelic revival, the show will remember all those who fell during the Rising and all those who have strived, fought and battled for Ireland over the past 100 years.
Lisa Lambe, the Celtic siren of country music all over the world, is set to deliver a captivating rendition of traditional Irish ballad The Foggy Dew.
"It's amazing to be performing on such hallowed ground; it's going to be a very special event. The Foggy Dew is a song that generations after generations have grown up with but to hear it in this unique space will be a very emotional moment. I can't believe I get to do it," she told the Sunday Independent, which got exclusive behind-the-scenes access to final dress rehearsals this weekend.
"I've a lot of family coming along and they are massive fans of the GAA, so it's great to share that with them because it's a place they love so much," said Lambe, best known as a member of Celtic Woman and for playing Mrs Ross O'Carroll-Kelly in the theatre.