Friday 28 July 2017

Watch: This 11 year old's beautiful rendition of 'Grace' by Joseph Plunkett

Meadhbh McGrath

Portrait photograph of Joseph Plunkett. [Undated]
Portrait photograph of Joseph Plunkett. [Undated]

Meadhbh McGrath

Caoimhe Mooney is an 11-year-old with a talent way beyond her years, as she proves with this stunning rendition of ‘Grace’, a song about Grace Gifford, the tragic bride of 1916.

The young Co Leitrim girl is a student of the Evolution Stage School in Longford, and looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

The ballad tells the story of the hopeless love between Grace and Joseph Plunkett, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising.

The pair met in 1915, and the lyrics describe their brief marriage, which took place in the chapel at Kilmainham Gaol just hours before Plunkett was executed.

‘Grace’ was written by brothers Frank and Sean O’Meara in 1985, and has been performed by the Dubliners and the Wolfe Tones.

Caoimhe breathes new life into the tearful ode, accompanied by Longford musician Paul Gurney, who also loaned his talents to some of the traditional songs in the Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn.

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