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Saturday 25 November 2017

WATCH: This is what happens when you ask people to sing in Irish at 4am on Grafton Street

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

What happens when you put a camera on Grafton Street at 4am in the morning and ask punters to sing an Irish song?

Well, as this video proves, you get a lot of people who are able to belt out a few lines, but might not be able to sing a whole song.

The video challenges us think of more than just our national anthem or 'Óró sé do bheatha abhaile' when we think of great Irish music.

The video ends with: 'Let's think outside the box when it comes to our language'.

The clip is a smart video for new festival Ravelóid, which will take place on the expansive grounds of Ardgillan Castle in north county Dublin this summer.

Musical acts such as Delerentos, Mundy, The Riptide Movement, Heathers and Altan will take to the stage on the 10th and 11th of June.

A spokesperson for the festival said they hope to show there's much more to music as Gaeilge than a lot of people think.

"Ravelóid is all about the Irish language revolution through music and we're asking people to think outside the box when it comes to the language this year," the spokesperson added.

"In recent years plenty of top artists like Ed Sheeran, The Coronas, Delorentos have recorded songs in Irish and there is a huge growth in bands like Seo Linn who pride themselves in singing through Irish.

"We were curious to see what songs in Irish people would know and are asking the public to try out more music in Irish- try a whole Festival as Gaeilge- even if you only have a cúpla focal."

For more information on Ravelóid, look up their website here.

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