Listen: New CD honours brave women and men of Cork who fought in the War of Independence

A new CD features 10 original songs marking the 1920 commemorations 
Listen: New CD honours brave women and men of Cork who fought in the War of Independence

John O'Leary (left) and John Murphy, producers, at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork, with Louise Kelleher and her mother Shirley, great grand-niece and grand-niece of Joe Murphy, and Fionnuala MacCurtain, grand-daughter of Tomás MacCurtain. Louise sings The Boy from Pouladuff on the CD. Pictures and Video: Denis Minihane.

A NEW CD which honours the men and women who fought in the War of Independence was launched at St Peter's Vision Centre in Cork city.

Dermot O'Sullivan, Ballyphehane, Cork, (left) and Michael O'Sullivan, Douglas, Cork, at the launch of a CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork.
Dermot O'Sullivan, Ballyphehane, Cork, (left) and Michael O'Sullivan, Douglas, Cork, at the launch of a CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork.

Called 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames', the CD was conceived by John O'Leary as part of the Cork City Library project and the city council's 1920 commemorations.

It includes a performance of The Boy From Pouladuff by Louise Kelleher, great grand-niece of Volunteer Joe Murphy, who died on hunger strike in 1920.

Máire Ní Laoire and Máire Ní Chéileachair at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork, on which they both sing a song.
Máire Ní Laoire and Máire Ní Chéileachair at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork, on which they both sing a song.

Gifted songwriter John Murphy applied his talents to the project and brought it to life. The CD features 10 original songs written by John and one each by Tim O’Riordan and Cliff Wedgbury. 

Liam Ronayne, former city librarian, was the narrator for the songs at the launch of a CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork.
Liam Ronayne, former city librarian, was the narrator for the songs at the launch of a CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork.

Great credit is due to the performers, whose commitment to the CD meant they recorded their songs and narrations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John O'Leary (left) and John Murphy, producers, at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork. 
John O'Leary (left) and John Murphy, producers, at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' at St. Peter's, Cork. 

Among the guest speakers at the launch were Cllr John Sheehan Deputy Lord Mayor, Brian Geaney, City Council Assistant CEO, City Librarian David O Brien and recently retired City Librarian Liam Ronayn.

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