Glaoch - A President's Call

RTÉ One, Monday 18th March, 6.30pm


At the President's invitation, some of Ireland's and the world's renowned writers, musicians and singers, as well as emerging artists, gathered at the home of the President of Ireland to make a special programme dedicated to Irish people worldwide. The performances of all the artists were filmed in Áras an Uachtaráin allowing viewers everywhere to experience the historic and beautiful home of the Presidents of Ireland. Through words and music, Glaoch – The President's Call, celebrates Irishness, Irish creativity and its reach and impact across the world.

The special programme features President Higgins in conversation with Bono, Séamus Heaney, Druid Theatre's Garry Hynes and playwright Tom Murphy and Christy Moore. There are music performances from Steve Cooney, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, Imelda May, Christy Moore, Róisín O, Iarla O Lionaird, Peadar O Riada, David Power and The Script.

The programme also includes poetry and drama. Actress Marie Mullen performs the final scene of Tom Murphy's play Famine; poet Louis de Paor reads An Glaoch a bilingual poem he created for this project; Paula Meehan recites her poem Home; and in Airspace Joseph O'Connor reflects on the richness and diversity of the Irish experience and perspective.

In a first for RTÉ, Glaoch will be premiered on RTÉ.ie, RTÉ YouTube and on the digital channel and mobile app RTÉ News Now enabling the Irish community abroad and friends of Ireland across the globe to celebrate with President Higgins this St. Patrick's Day 2013 at 9.30pm (GMT/UTC).

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