Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung
On 7th October 2023, RTÉ will collaborate with South Wind Blows to host a live concert event at the RDS. The event, titled "Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung," is part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023 and has received support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
The concert aims to reflect on the first 100 years of the Irish State, from 1923 to 2023, through various forms of Irish culture including song, music, dance, and spoken word. Key themes such as achievements, failures, challenges, and changes are interwoven into the show, focusing on human experience and the cultural and artistic responses to these events.
Artists and contributors include Damien Dempsey, Aiden Gillen, Tolü Makay, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Síle Denvir with Bláth na hÓige and Liam Ó Maonlaí, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Loah, Donal Lunny, Martin Hayes, FeliSpeaks, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sally Mulready OBE, and the London Irish Pensioners Choir among others. The atmosphere will be enhanced with archive film and still projections.
The title of the event, "Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung," is inspired by W.B. Yeats's poem, 'Down By The Salley Gardens.' Yeats received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923, the year that also marked Ireland’s admission into the League of Nations.
Tickets for the event are free and limited, and can be applied for via www.rte.ie/culture. The concert will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player, and RTÉ Radio 1 on 30th October 2023.