Saturday 20 January 2018

Willie Kealy: Smooth mosaic of talent across the ages

'Glaoch' was a message to the world of such quality that it should be repeated with a new cast.

President Michael D Higgins with singer Glen Hansard
President Michael D Higgins with singer Glen Hansard


At the end of Glaoch, Michael D Higgins says we have seen excellence and creativity, a kind of Irishness we could be proud of, and that we should strive to have in everything Irish.

If that was the mission statement at the outset of the project, the President can truly say: "Mission accomplished."

Glaoch was the call that went out from Aras an Uachtarain to singers and musicians, poets and playwrights to assemble and display the best of their wares. The role of Michael D was to act as facilitator and allow the talent to speak for itself. This he did by placing his fine official residence at their disposal and wandering among them, full of enthusiasm and encouragement, stopping occasionally for a brief chat, a cross between Melvyn Bragg and Jools Holland.

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