Kevin Myers: A mystifying feature of Ireland is the unfailing failure to celebrate some of its greatest talent
ISING the praises today of two fine men: one just passed and one still in his prime. A truly mystifying feature of Ireland is the unfailing failure to recognise and celebrate some of its greatest talent.
Take Red Hurley, for example. His acclaim is vastly smaller than he deserves. With his astonishing voice, he'd be a national figure in the US or Britain. But I'd be surprised if many Irish people under 40 know his name, never mind be aware of his music, his amazing vocal range or his scintillating live performances.
Please, catch him on YouTube -- especially his version of 'How Great Thou Art' with the Samaru Choir of Nigeria. To sing with an African choir is one of the most daunting tests for any European performer, because almost all African cultures revere music as the highest form of human artistic expression.