Gathering in full flow as anthem gets thumbs up
AN anthem penned to mark the significance of The Gathering has received Cabinet backing.
Francie Conway's song, 'Our River Keeps On Flowing', celebrates the event and the single, which also features musician Finbar Furey, has already been ordered by several radio stations in the US.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Kerry-born musician expressed his hope that the track, due for release at the end of the month, will reinstate a positive image of Ireland.
The touching lyrics describe our proud heritage and culture, with attention given to Ireland's friendship with "our closest neighbours" and that "today we live in peace" after a "sad civil war tore our souls apart".
It also mentions how thousands of Irish people have travelled the globe and that our "music, song and dance, our sportsmen and women light up the day, pride in our supporters all the way".
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan has been particularly supportive of the single and is helping promote it by providing notes on the CD cover.
"I had a chance meeting with Jimmy Deenihan and we talked about the music industry in Ireland and the possibility of generating interest again in the country overseas.
"I brought the first copy to him before Christmas and he in turn brought it to the Taoiseach and it was played to the Cabinet.
"The response was incredibly positive and it has the backing of the Government. I'm highly honoured by that," he said.
'Our River Keeps On Flowing' will be available on iTunes in February.