Monica's Song launch

THE strains of Monica's Song wafted out the door of John B's pub as Listowel balladeer Mickey McConnell and his pal Eoin Hand launched a CD that remembers Eoin's mother and, at the same time, delivers a kick in the posterior to the nation's political elite.

Written by Mickey for his close friend Eoin, Monica's Song is ostensibly in memory of Eoin's mother – the onetime landlady of Ireland's oldest public house, the Brazen Head in Dublin.

It was there that former Republic of Ireland soccer manager Eoin came into the world, and into a pub steeped in the history of the capital. In writing the tribute, Mickey has fairly captured the state of the nation in the song, namechecking former patriots such as Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone who would have patronised the pub and giving due mention to our latter-day political masters, who were the brains behind the country's economic ruin.

But despite the vitriol that Mickey reserved for the politicians who 'betrayed' us, the song found great favour from none other than Brian Cowen when Eoin found himself singing it in the former Taoiseach's company. If nothing else Cowen's reaction deserves credit for his sense of humour and, meanwhile, the ballad has been going down a bomb with everyone who has heard it since. Sung by Eoin, the CD was recorded in Causeway and launched at John B Keane's bar to a fabulous response last week.