The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 3 May 2013

30th of December 2016
Ireland's National Anthems



If national anthems unite people at times of celebration and commemoration, they can also cause division. Ireland has had a number of official and unofficial anthems that have caused both harmony and discord. Michael Murphy explores Ireland's national anthems from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song in the company of historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Carol Mullaney-Dignam, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote The Soldier's Song.

Written and Presented by Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College)
Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Michael Murphy

The Lyric Feature - The Other Emerald Isle

The Lyric Feature - The Other Emerald Isle

J.J. O'Shea takes a look at the unique historical connections between Ireland and the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, which is the only country, other than Ireland, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a National Holiday. He explores the cultural life of the island with a particular focus on the vibrant local music and the important role played by calypso. The impact of the volcanic eruptions in the 90s and the future prospects for the island are also considered. Music includes examples of the indigenous String Band and Drum and Fife styles. Contributors include poet and historian Sir Howard Fergus, broadcaster Rose Willock and Calypsonian Herman “Cupid” Francis.

Written and presented by J.J. O'Shea.

A J.J.O’Shea Production for RTE lyricfmmade with the support of the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme, a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland initiative.

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The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

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