Thursday 14 December 2017

Mum-of-five on song to launch new Dubs anthem

Deirdre Flynn with Stephen Leeson, recording the charity single.
Deirdre Flynn with Stephen Leeson, recording the charity single.

Jane O'Faherty

A Dublin mum is lending her voice to support the Boys in Blue once again, after penning an anthem in their honour.

Deirdre Flynn, from Finglas, is teaming up with folk music heroes to record Dublin Army, a song she wrote herself to bolster the senior football team.

A recording of the song is set to be released on YouTube this weekend to raise awareness and funds for two Dublin hospices.

Speaking to the Herald, Deirdre said she hopes this year's ballad will be released today, having spent a day recording in Aras Chronain Irish Cultural Centre in Clondalkin.

"I wrote this song last Saturday after the last match," she said.

"I'd been itching to write it for a long time."

She added that Dublin City Ramblers' Shay Kavanagh and Stephen Leeson are also featuring on the recording.

But they weren't the only special guests in the studio, as the Sam Maguire Cup was brought in to inspire the band.

Deirdre hopes the song will also encourage people to donate to St Francis Hospices in Raheny and Blanchardstown, as well as Our Lady's Hospices in Harold's Cross and Blackrock, and the Irish Hospice Foundation.

"Cancer affects everyone, so that's why I chose that cause," Deirdre said.

It's been a busy year for the mum-of-five, who wrote her first song this time last year.

Last July, she wrote the lyrics to A Little Boy's Dream in just two hours, after being challenged to do so by The Invincibles' singer Paul Stone.

She followed that with another song to raise awareness and funds for homeless charities in February.

The Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland semi-final clash is scheduled for Croke Park on August 28, and Deirdre said she's confident that Dublin will win.

"I've got my tickets for the match, so I'm delighted," she said. "I've been at every Dublin match this year, including the one in Kilkenny."

More information can be found on the Dublin Army 2016 Facebook page.


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