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Saturday 16 December 2017

Geldof and Branson to hear lullaby about Ballymun flats

Brian Byrne

ONE hundred schoolchildren will challenge the negative views surrounding the Ballymun flats in Dublin by performing their original song The Ballymun Lullaby at the One Young World Summit next month.

The four-day event beginning on October 15 at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) will see 1,300 young leaders between the ages of 18 and 30 descend upon the capital to network and share ideas with global figures such as Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof and Mary Robinson.

The choir, whose song was written with the help of the DIT Ballymun Music Programme, will perform at the opening ceremony together with RTE's Cór na nÓg, conducted by David Brophy, a former principal conductor of the RTE Concert Orchestra, who hails from Ballymun.

Youth leader Bob Coggins, who together with leaders Clara Kelleher and Valerie McGrane helped secure this year's summit for Dublin, said: "The media spotlight will be on Dublin and we want The Ballymun Lullaby to be part of that story."

Established in 2009, the summit represents young people from 190 countries and was previously held in the UK, South Africa and the United States before touching down in Dublin's docklands.

A key theme of this year's event is peace and conflict resolution, and former prisoners Jackie McDonald and Sean Murray will provide a history of the Irish peace process to 30 selected delegates at Croke Park.

Other guests are set to include Germany's former world number one tennis player Boris Becker, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Irish adventurer Mark Pollock.

The Ballymun flats were seven 15-storey residential towers built during the 1960s to accommodate Dublin's rising population.

Demolition began a decade ago after the towers fell victim to rampant anti-social and drugs-related crime, with the final building, the Joseph Plunkett tower, due for destruction next year.

Irish Independent

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