Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: Irish stars reveal childhood selves in video for Paul Brady's 'Forever Young' in aid of Irish Youth Foundation

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A host of famous Irish faces have revealed their childhood selves in a new video for Paul Brady and Gavin Glass's cover of Forever Young, recorded in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF).

The ethos of the IYF is that achievement starts with opportunity so the foundation asked people who have achieved success in their lives to take part in the video and hold up a photo of themselves as a young person.

Names including Panti Bliss, Ryan Tubridy, Leo Varadkar, Rob Kearney, Pádraig Harrington, Jim Sheridan, Shane Lowry, Louis Walsh, Miriam O'Callaghan, Damien Dempsey, Pat Kenny, Micheál Martin, Christy Dignam, Norah Casey and more all came on board with images of themselves as children and young people.

Forever Young, which debuted on the Late Late Show with backing by the Dublin Gospel Choir, is one of a collection of covers by Irish artists recently recorded as part of the Windmill Lane Sessions hosted on

These covers feature on the Forever Young compilation CD with contributions from other hit artists including Kodaline, Fight Like Apes, Damien Dempsey, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Aslan, Ryan Sheridan, Mary Coughlan, and Ham Sandwich.

Forever Young celebrates the 30th anniversary of IYF and all funds raised from its sale will go directly to disadvantaged children’s and youth projects all over Ireland.

Priced just €10 it is on sale from Saturday (December 12) in all Starbucks and Centra stores nationwide.  It is also available to download from iTunes, Google Play, via and can be streamed via Spotify.

Speaking of the Forever Young album and partnership with the IYF, Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief for Independent News and Media said, “We’ve been delighted with the success of the Windmill Lane sessions on and the ability to showcase great Irish and international acts in an intimate setting at the iconic Windmill Lane studios in Dublin.

Forever Young CD
Forever Young CD

"I’m especially proud that these recordings will now help to raise money for disadvantaged children and youths all around Ireland on this special anniversary of the IYF."

Niall McLoughlin, CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) said, “This is a wonderful, creative and collaborative way to celebrate 30 years of the Irish Youth Foundation. We are extremely grateful to all the partners who have made this possible, namely, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Starbucks and Centra, and of course all the amazing artists who have contributed to the album. Our goal is to raise €50,000 for IYF projects working to give children and young people all over Ireland a better start to their lives.”

IYF ( exists to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people all over Ireland. It provides financial support to local community and voluntary youth groups working with at-risk and disadvantaged children, such as afterschool and homework clubs, summer programmes, job creation and education projects. These groups provide safe places where children can go after school – to grow, to learn and to play.

For children who often experience poverty, parental misuse of drugs and alcohol, crime and mental health issues, these projects are beacons of hope which enhance and improve their lives.

IYF grants also provide opportunities for teenagers from disadvantaged and under-served communities to succeed and excel in their lives. In the last 30 years IYF has raised over €20 million and supported 2,000 projects on the island of Ireland.

IYF relies totally on the support of individuals and companies for this support and receives no financial support from Government.

To see all the artists recorded as part of the Windmill Lane Sessions on please visit

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