PUPILS are preparing a tribute to a teacher who dreamt of seeing music transform young Irish lives.
More than 200 children from Dublin and Cork have conducted final rehearsals for a stage version of Ballymun Lullaby to be performed in both cities, on November 17 and 26.
The children -- drawn from the DIT Ballymun music programme and Music Generation in Cork -- will perform the two concerts which were inspired by the story of acclaimed Dublin music teacher Ron Cooney.
Ron -- a DIT teacher -- has taught music to youngsters for more than 15 years in Ballymun.
He has worked to see music defy limitations such as social disadvantage and economic hardship.
He admitted the stage shows have proved "a dream come true".
Ballymun Lullaby is composed by Daragh O'Toole -- and the highlight of the Dublin and Cork shows will be Wayne Beatty's performance of Toys Waltz, the hit song from the show.
Ballymun Lullaby will be staged in Cork City Hall on November 17 and the National Concert Hall Dublin on November 26.
The concerts will feature the combined choir of the DIT Ballymun music programme, Music Generation Cork and RTE Cor na nOg, with Dave Brophy conducting the DIT Symphony Orchestra.
The City Hall show will also feature songs from a new Cork Lullaby being written by Fiona Kelleher and composed by John O'Brien.