Episode 6 - The Female Herosongs - or lack of them!
How are women represented in the Irish song tradition? In this episode of Herosongs presenter Therese McIntyre, explores this intriguing question and looks at the songs about female ‘heroes’ including songs like ‘Óro Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile’ about sea warrior Granuaile and the song ‘Grace’ about Grace Gifford, the Irish artist and activist who married Joseph Plunkett, one of the signatories of the proclamation in 1916.
Góilín traditional singers club member Diarmuid Breatnach takes us through the song ‘Anne Devlin’ written in the 1980’s by Pete St. John and we also hear from singers Iarla Ó’Lionaird and Frances Black takes us through the song ‘Magdalen Laundry’ which features on her 2003 album ‘How High the Moon’.
Singer and song collector Martin Ryan discusses one of his favourite songs ‘Ten Young Woman and One Young Man’. Grace Gifford’s grandniece and author of ‘Joseph Plunkett: 16 Lives’ Honor Ó Brolcháin, shares her family story while Granuaile biographer Anne Chambers gives an insight into the real Grace O’Malley.