Monday 23 April 2018

Defiant FF politicians belt out 'The Rising of the Moon'

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

THE BAND on the Titanic famously played as the ship went down.

Never mind the opinion polls, the Soldiers of Destiny are facing the future with a song in their hearts.

The 'Lemass Group' of FF TDs and senators was addressed on Wednesday evening by speakers from the arts community.

Around 30 deputies and senators were given a talk by, among others, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, actor Eamon Morrissey, Marie Mullen of the Druid Theatre and arts campaigner Tanya Banotti, who all spoke about the importance of the arts.

But it wasn't long until Mr Moloney had his tin whistle out, and Mary O'Rourke led the assembled group in a rendition of the 'The Rising of the Moon'.

Dublin South-East TD Chris Andrews and Meath East's Thomas Byrne organised the meeting. ''It was certainly a most unique political meeting but there was the serious argument about the economic benefit of the arts," Mr Byrne said.

Moloney also treated them to an instrumental jig -- called 'Banish Misfortune'.

Irish Independent

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