Féile Bríde :: Jan 26th - Feb 3rd 2007
Féile Bríde - Brigid's Festival is a week long series of events running up to
Brigid's Day on the first day of February.
Féile Bríde, incorporates a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with Afri -
Action from Ireland, workshops, and a candle lit ritual on Brigid's Eve at the well.
Events :: Saturday, February 3rd - New Kindling in the Old Grate
Seminar with John O’Donohue - Author of "Anam Cara"
Including musical afternoon with The Kill Singers
Venue: Osborne Centre, Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
Registration: 10.30 a.m. - Day concludes at 3.30 p.m.
Admission: €40 - Booking: 045-522890
Luka Bloom will introduce and conclude John O’Donohue seminar with song.
John O'Donohue is an Irish poet and philosopher.
He has degrees in philosophy, English literature and was awarded a Ph.D in phiosophical theology
from the University of Tübingen in 1990.
more info :: www.jodonohue.com
Waterford Today - Arts & Entertainment - 6 December 2006
After Waterford Fringe Festival launched Mary Coughlan
and Freddie White’s up close and personal sell out gigs at Bodega customers appetites have been wanting for
more than Bodega’s great food. Since September Bodega has hosted 8 music evenings with Mary Coughlan,
Freddie White, Eleanor McEvoy and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Each gig sold out in days and are booked weeks
and months in advance – so now it's time to look forward to 2007.
Luka Bloom aka Barry Moore
8th & 9th February
Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing has given Luka Bloom
from Newbridge a place on the music map.... performed live in Bodega for the first time.
Book early to avoid disappointment - Cormac or Frank on 051 844177
54 John Street, Waterford, Ireland
Box Office 00 353 51 844177
Events :: Luka Bloom :: 7, 8 & 9 February
Dinner & Show €70 - 7.30pm start
Luka Bloom In Concert
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
at Riverbank Arts Centre - Newbridge
Time: 8.00pm - Tickets: €20
Having trod the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing
has truly given this troubadour a place on the music map.
Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres, festivals,
bars, arenas and dives all over the world. From singing his songs around the
US, gigging with The Pogues, the Violent Femmes, The Dixie Chicks and the
Hothouse Flowers and signing with Warner Music in Los Angeles, this man
never shys from a challenge.
Now, 10 albums on, Luka Bloom’s musical journey has brought him to a
place where songs seep from every pore, and melodies celebrate the
ordinariness of life.
Kildare Today - Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Luka Bloom back on home turf in Riverbank concert
Luka Bloom is an accomplished folk-rock singer-songwriter, who delighted
audiences at Christmas with a charity gig performance 'Songs for Beslan'
in Riverbank. Bloom's pseudonym. 'Luka' is taken from the title of Suzanne
Vega's song 'Luka' and 'Bloom' refers to the main character in James
Luka's style of guitar playing is very distinctive and is generally referred
to as 'electro-acoustic.' He toured America frequently through the Nineties,
although his contemporary touring schedules take him mostly to Europe.
His early albums showcased his strumming style, including 'Delirious' the debut
track on Riverside, and his penchant for thoughtful cover songs, an affinity
that he maintains even in more recent work.
Released in 2000, Keeper of the Flame was an album of cover versions, featuring
renditions of ABBA's Dancing Queen, Bob Marley's Natural Mystic and the Hunters
and Collectors' Throw Your Arms Around Me among others. Bloom had previously
covered LL Cool J's I Need Love and Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love on
the album The Acoustic Motorbike. Bloom is often heard to remark in concert
about Natural Mystic that "...there are considerable similarities between
Jamaicans and Irishmen".
Bloom's 2004 acoustic mini-album, Before Sleep Comes, was recorded while
Bloom was recovering from tendonitis. Bloom stated the purpose of the album
was 'to help bring you closer to sleep, our sometimes elusive night-friend'.
Bloom released his most recent album Innocence in 2005. Many of the songs
feature a new found interest in Eastern European gypsy music and other World
music. In his previous work, he relied on steel-stringed guitars that created his
distinctive style. His aubergine and yellow guitars were often introduced by
name at gigs.
The most recent album features a more classical guitar and the resonant
plucking associated with that style of instrument, which you can experience
for yourself at the Riverbank Arts Centre.
Catch him on home turf at the Riverbank Arts Centre on Wednesday 14th February
at 8pm, Admission €20. To book drop into the Box office or phone 045 448333
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kildare Nationalist - Thursday, February 08, 2007
Luka Bloom returns to wow the home crowd at the Riverbank
Popular artist Luka Bloom (aka Barry Moore) will be back on home ground on
Valentine’s night, Wednesday 14 February, for a performance at the Riverbank
Luka Bloom, brother of Christy Moore and Newbridge native, is an accomplished
folk-rock singer-songwriter, who delighted audiences at Christmas with a
charity gig performance, Songs for Beslan, in the Riverbank...
The performance at the Riverbank starts at 8pm on 14 February and admission is €20.
For bookings, contact the Riverbank on 045-433480.
|17 & 18 July 2007
City Hotel & Millenium Forum, Derry
Children in Crossfire - A Promise for the Future
An International Conference on Children's Rights
WELCOME BY RICHARD MOORE
Director of CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
Welcome to Children in Crossfire's principle tenth anniversary celebration -
a two day International Conference on Children's Rights.
The keynote speaker for this event is His Holiness, the 14th
Dalai Lama of
Tibet with a host of other well known personalities also taking part.
We would like to mark this milestone in the charity's history by inviting you
to be a part of the conference. This event is very important to us as we
reflect on our achievements to date and create a vision for our work in the
Children in Crossfire was set up over ten years ago with the mission
of challenging global poverty and promoting social justice. I know
personally that the work of Children in Crossfire through our partner
organisations and our supporters has not only improved many peoples quality
of life but also actually saved lives. We have been involved in projects in
places like Ethiopia, Kenya and we are currently helping to build a school
for a village in Tanzania.
We are absolutely honoured that His Holiness has
accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at this two day
conference. There will be a dynamic range of speakers alongside His
Holiness including Jane Olson of Human Rights Watch, veteran journalist
Fergal Keane and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern.
Renowned musicians Christie Hennessy and Luka Bloom will also be
taking part in the event as well as up-and-coming singer Garrett O'Hare.
This will be an occasion not to be missed by anyone who has an interest
in children's welfare.
'A Promise for the Future' is not just about dialogue,
it is about every single one of us finding an active role to play in society
in protecting children and helping them realise their potential as global
citizens. This conference seeks to put the issues of children at the
forefront of people's minds through the words of His Holiness, our
guestspeakers and the workshop facilitators. This is a great event for
Derry/Londonderry and Northern Ireland and we hope children all over the
world will benefit from it.
DIRECTOR, CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
You can find more information on the conference on
Dalai Lama to address Children in Crossfire’s
Anniversary Conference: 'A Promise for the Future'
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July 2007
City Hotel and Millennium Forum in Derry/Londonderry
Children in Crossfire is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a 2-day
International Conference on Children's Rights and has announced His
Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, as the keynote speaker for the
There will be a dynamic range of speakers alongside His Holiness including
Jane Olson of Human Rights Watch, veteran journalist Fergal Keane and Irish
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern. The conference is made up of a
variety of workshops on different issues relating to the Rights of Children,
where delegates from a wide variety of sectors will get the opportunity to
exchange experiences and engage in critical dialogue.
Dalai Lama addresses Children in Crossfire’s 10th Anniversary Conference:
'A Promise for the Future’
Children in Crossfire celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 2-day International Conference
on Children's Rights and welcomed His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, as the keynote
speaker for the event...
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama closed the 2 day conference on 18th July with an address
in the Millennium Forum. In front of an audience of 1000 people, His Holiness talked about
the importance of compassion, forgiveness and tolerance, and he called Richard Moore,
Director of Children in Crossfire, "my hero" for his ability to forgive.
Wednesday 18th July 2007
3.25pm - 4.30pm
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Music by Christie Hennessy and Luka Bloom
Richard Moore (Director, Children in Crossfire)
4.30pm - Close
Forgiveness Is Not A Sign of Weakness, His Holiness Tells Derry/Londonderry
Derry/Londonberry, United Kingdom, 18 July 2007 (OoT, London)
Welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama here this evening as the keynote speaker
at the International Conference on children's rights and "A Promise for the Future",
Mr Richard Moore, Director of Children in Crossfire told the conference delegates
and guests that his organisation could not find a better person in the world than His
Holiness to address the conference marking the organisation's 10th anniversary.
Ulster Is A Lesson for the World: Dalai Lama
Londonderry, United Kingdom, 19 July 2007 (By Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph)
The Dalai Lama has spoken of his joy at the renewed efforts for peace in Northern
Ireland. Speaking at the Guildhall in Londonderry yesterday, the exiled Tibetan leader
said that the last time he left Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement he
felt pained after meeting victims' families.
Wednesday, 18th July 2007
City Hotel and Millennium Forum - Derry/Londonderry
Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing
has truly given this troubadour a place on the music map.
Like many Irish families then and indeed today Luka comes from a family
of singers and writers first going on tour with older brother, Christy Moore,
in 1969. It was a tour of English folk clubs and he was fourteen years of age.
Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres, festivals,
bars, arenas and dives all over the world. From McGanns in Boston to
The Tivoli in Brisbane to Red Hot Club in Newbridge.
The Stakeholder Communications - news - 23 July 2007
Children In Crossfire Welcome His Holiness The Dalai Lama to Derry
Children in Crossfire, the Derry/Londonderry based charity today welcomed
his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to Derry as part of their 10th
The Dalai Lama was the keynote speaker at a 2-day conference organised by
Children In Crossfire in conjunction with Derry City Council to explore
issues around the rights of children, gender inequality and the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child.
His Holiness' commitment to the promotion of human values such as
compassion, forgiveness and tolerance has made him an ideal choice to lead
the high profile platform of speakers at this event to celebrate Children in
Crossfire's tenth anniversary.
Children in Crossfire is an Irish based charity committed to the needs of
children caught in conflict and poverty throughout the world. The aim of
this conference is to raise awareness of children's rights both locally and
Richard Moore Director of Children In Crossfire is delighted about how this
conference will put the needs of children on an international stage.
He said, "We are absolutely honoured to host His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
in Derry/Londonderry for our two-day conference. His Holiness will speak to
delegates alongside a dynamic range of other guests including Jane Olson of
Human Rights Watch, veteran journalist Fergal Keane, Michael Kitt, Minister
of State for Overseas Development and Assistance in The Republic of Ireland,
The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia
Lewsley, poet Cecil Rejenda and author Jimmy Briggs. This high profile list
of speakers adds to the fantastic entertainment planned in performances
by renowned double platinum classical artist Hayley Westendra, Christie
Hennessy and Luka Bloom. It is real boost for Derry and for the
charity to host an event of this size and stature..."
The conference took place at The City Hotel & Millennium Forumin
Derry/Londonderry on 17th and 18th July with the closing event.
Wyeth Kildare Festival of Youth Drama
Tues 31st July - Sat 4th Aug 2007
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Sponsored by Kildare County Council Arts Service
It's not often that over 100 young people from Kildare get the opportunity
to engage creatively with issues relevant to their lives. And to do so using
the medium of theatre makes the Wyeth Kildare Festival of Youth Drama a
unique event not only in the county but nationwide.
Youth groups from all over the county and beyond have been preparing for
the annual five-day marathon of workshopping, creating and performing.
This is the 5th annual festival of youth drama and as such it’s bigger than ever.
Kildare Youth Theatre (KYT) are joined by Griese Players (Ballitore), Celbridge
Youth Drama, Prosperous Drama Society, Carlow County Youth Theatre, and
very special guests Tri-boo from Florence and West Lothian Youth Theatre
This is also the 5th year that Wyeth (Newbridge) has been the festival’s
title sponsors. Johnny Lyons, from Wyeth Newbridge, says that "Wyeth
(Newbridge) is proud to support this vibrant and innovative festival. We
recognise its importance in developing critical skills, citizenship abilities
and providing creative outlets for our young people, and thus strengthening
the fabric of community here."
On Wed Luka Bloom will speak and sing from his new album (about his song
Kildare Youth Theatre @ Crooked House
Kildare Today - Leinster Leader - 9 August 2007
Dancing .... and lots more at Lughnasa 2007
The rainy weekend weather failed to deter the revellers at the Lughnasa
festival in Rathangan.
Some events had to be curtailed a little, especially those planned for
outdoors on Saturday on Sunday, but temporary shelter in the form of gazebos
permitted most of the events to take place.
"We were able to make arrangements to combat the problems associated with
the weather for the most part and there were only a few showers during the
Damien Dempsey concert. Overall it was a great success and it wouldn't have
been possible without the help of sponsors including Brendan Sharpe Security
Ltd. and voluntary helpers" said committee member Niamh O'Donoghue.
The Damien Dempsey concert was for many people one of the highlights of the
festival although Don Baker was a lively and popular entertainer on Monday
evening at the community centre.
The various concerts were among the most popular items - so popular in fact
that musicians Luka Bloom and Paddy Casey turned up just to listen....
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair
Summer Series at the Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre with
Mary Black - West Cork Choral Singers - Declan O'Rourke - Juliet Turner - Luka Bloom - Scullion
Luka Bloom - Wednesday 15 August / 8:00 p.m.
"Some musicians grow wizened by the road; Luka Bloom has thrived on it."
Glebe Gardens & Cafe, The Glebe, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 28 20232 - email@example.com -
Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre/Harbour Hotel - Baltimore
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Wave Up To The Shore (a cappella)
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Here And Now
As I Waved Goodbye
I Love The World I'm In
Make You Feel My Love
I'm A Bogman
City Of Chicago
Sunny Sailor Boy
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
Exploring The Blue
Can't Help Falling In Love
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
Me And My Guitar
The Joy Of Living
What's On in County Kildare
Luka Bloom launches new album TRIBE
Thursday 6 September 2007 @ 8.30pm
Venue: Rathangan Community Centre, Rathangan, Co Kildare
Admission: 20 euro
Phone: 086 8945357
Renowned singer/songwriter, Luka Bloom launches his new
album titled TRIBE at
Rathangan Community Centre on September 6.
Tickets cost 20 euro. Book early as there is only a limited supply.
Phone 086 8945357 for further details.
Tickets are being sold at Next Door off licence in Rathangan.
County Kildare News - August 2007
New CD from Kildare Artist Luka Bloom
Renowned singer/songwriter, Luka Bloom launches his new album titled
TRIBE at Rathangan Community Centre on September 6.
"...full of reflective tunes where Bloom's lyrical abilities shine. Normally a
one-man music machine (writing lyrics, composing, and playing), Bloom
shares credit for Tribe with producer and co-writer Simon O'Reilly."
Stacy Towar-Fogarty, Epoch Times
Tickets cost 20 euro. Book early as there is only a limited supply.
Phone 086 8945357 for further details.
Kildare Nationalist - Thursday, August 30, 2007
Rathangan first to hear Luka Bloom’s new album
BY JOANNE O’CONNOR
Kildare singer songwriter Luka Bloom will launch his new album TRIBE in
Rathangan Community Centre on Thursday 6 September. A special concert will
coincide with the release of the Newbridge native’s new record. In the run up
to the launch, he describes his thoughts behind his latest collection of tracks:
"I hope that you at this moment will think of yourself as a human being
rather than as an American, Asian, European, African, or member of any particular
country. These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common ground as human
beings, we will communicate on a basic level. Thus spoke the Dalai Lama. These
words are a good way to describe how I feel about this new record TRIBE, and
especially the title track," he explains. "In Autumn 2005, I was sent
a copy of Tidelines, an album of original instrumental music composed and recorded
by Simon O’Reilly.
It’s a lovely record, but I immediately was intrigued with the possibility that Simon
and I might do some work together."
That possibility turned into a reality and the collaboration between the two
artists has resulted in TRIBE, what Luka describes as "a unique project"
in his working life.
Tickets cost €20 and are available from Paddy O’Loughlin on 086 8945357
or from Next Door off licence in Rathangan.
Tickets are limited so get them early. Doors open at 8.30pm. Don’t miss this
unique opportunity to hear Luka Bloom perform these new tracks in concert
for the first time.
Irish Music Magazine - 22 August 2007
NEW ALBUM - TRIBE
Release Date: September 10, 2007. Label: Big Sky. Distributor: Proper Music.
Album Launch September 2007, Mon 3.
The Pigalle Club, 215 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HN.
Reservations 0845 3456053/Venue 020 7734 8142 - Doors 7:00 p.m.
"I hope that you at this moment will think of yourself as a human being rather
than as an American, Asian, European, African or member of any particular country.
These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common ground as human beings
we will communicate on a basic level." Thus spoke the Dalai Lama.
The Hot Press Newsdesk - 24 August 2007
Luka Bloom to release new album
Folk singer Luka Bloom is to release his 15th album Tribe.
The musician's latest album is to hit the shelves on September 10th,
2007 (UK release), with a launch party in London's The Pigalle Club on the 3rd.
The album is the result of a collaboration with fellow musician
Bloom - younger brother of Christy Moore - may be known for his
distinctive guitar-playing, but his style is virtually absent on his latest album.
He remarks that 'for once in my working life I got to simply be a singer'.
Over the course of his 29-year career, Bloom's albums and performances
have been heaped with critical acclaim. Many of his songs - such as 'City of
Chicago' - have also become folk standards worldwide.
Kildare Today - Entertainment - 6 September 2007
Different Luka Bloom with 'Tribe'
This month sees the release of a very new and very different piece of work
from acclaimed Kildare singer songwriter Luka Bloom.
'Tribe' is the result of a year long collaboration with Simon O'Reilly, a Co. Clare
based contemporary music writer. Simon produced and co-wrote Tribe.
In Autumn 2005, Luka was sent a copy of 'Tidelines', an album of original
instrumental music composed and recorded by O'Reilly. Luka was immediately
taken with the recording and the soundscapes that O'Reilly was creating.
The two met at O'Reilly's studio in Clare and discussed the possibility of
Over the coming months Simon created music and sounds and posted
them to Luka. Listening to Simon's compositions, Luka would create lyrics
and vocal melodies based on the music and send them back to Simon.
Neither musician sat or performed together during this period.
After about six months, they felt there was enough material to make
a record and David Odlum was invited to mix the record and record the
vocals at his Black Box Studios in France.
The result is 'Tribe', a very unique project in which Luka Bloom is simply
the singer. Simon O'Reilly produces, co-writes and plays various instruments.
Guest performers include Eimear O'Grady on cello, legendary pedal steel
guitar player BJ Cole with Luka's son Robbie on backing vocals on the
title track and lead single Tribe.
Other stand out tracks include the Ian Brown tinged Change and the
electro sonic Sound.
Luka tours Europe throughout Autumn and into the Winter. Writing and
recording on a new solo album will begin in early 2008.
'Tribe' releases in Ireland on Friday September 7th, 2007 on Big Sky
Records through RMGChart.
Latest news from Christy Moore
12 Oct 2007 - www.christymoore.com
Spent a wonderful day in the studio with
and Luka Bloom recording a song which Christie
has written for
"Children in Crossfire", a song called 'When will we learn'
(more news later)...
Luka Bloom Message
13 Dec 2007 - www.lukabloom.com
It's always hard to pick highlights.....
I loved the atmosphere in the church in Cologne, the amazing energy of Tivoli
in Utrecht, the buzz of the cinema in Lausanne......But in truth the highlight of
my year was the moment in Derry when I sang for his holiness the Dalai Lama at
the 10th Anniversary of Children in Crossfire. In a
moment like this you feel the sense of privilege you should feel every night,
being given the opportunity to sing for people.
And this event in Derry resulted in a second highlight of my year.
Namely the opportunity to sing with the beautiful and gifted Christie Hennessy,
who died on December 11th. Christie knew he was dying, and was determined
to finish his record, despite the incredible difficulties associated with this
determination. He wrote a song about Richard Moore of Children in Crossfire
and the Dalai Lama. He asked my brother Christy and I to sing the song with
him for his last record.
This was one of the unforgettable moments of my singing life. Singing with
my brother and Christie, knowing that this great man was soon to leave us.
A truly sacred day. Christie Hennessy was and always will be, a legend.
Through his voice and the songs he left for us, he will always be with me.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Liveline Podcast - Christie Hennessy Tribute
Friends, colleagues and fans remember Christie Hennessy.
feat. an interview with Luka Bloom and first radio broadcast of the song
'When Will We Learn' by Christie Hennessy, Christy Moore and Luka Bloom
Download podcast: www.rte.ie/radio1/
Christie Hennessy: Former labourer who outsold U2 with his album 'The Rehearsal'
By Colin Irwin - 13 Dec 2007 - The Independent
Edward Christopher Ross (Christie Hennessy), singer, songwriter and labourer:
born Tralee, Co Kerry 19 November 1945; married 1965 Gill Erickson (one son, two daughters);
died London 11 December 2007.................... He was planning a major tour and was working on
a new album of duets when stricken by cancer, thought to be a result of asbestos poisoning
contracted during his years working on building sites. The album, The Two of Us,
will be released in January.
Posthumous Christie Hennessy album to be released
12 Dec 2007 - HotPress Newsdesk
The album that Tralee singer-songwriter Christie Hennessy was working
on at the time of his death is due for release early in the New Year.
A duets collection, it teams the 62-year-old up with such friends
and admirers as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Paul Brady, Frances &
Mary Black, Maire Brennan and Nizlopi (who sampled one of
his compositions, 'Don't Forget Your Shovel', on their number 1 hit,
The JCB Song').
Kerry-singer will be sadly missed.
By Eamon MacDonald - 19 Dec 2007 - The Irish World
He was also very involved with the "Crossfire" charity and wrote a
song about one of its victims. This track is on his CD of duets with Christy
Moore, Francis Black, Luka Bloom and others, recorded recently and due
for release in early 2008. I am glad Christie's talent was recognised by this
paper several years ago when you gave him an Irish World Award. In recent
times, Christie had been busy composing for BBC TV, having written the theme
music for the series "Get Well Soon".
Irish Examiner - Friday, 28 December 2007
Tralee bids a tearful farewell to its 'gentle' hero
By Donal Hickey
Much-loved Christie Hennessy never drank alcohol and was
yesterday held out as an example to all facing the challenges of
a drugs culture.
In a homily at a special Mass for the late singer/songwriter in
his native Tralee, Monsignor Dan O'Riordan, parish priest, said he
took a vow as a young man not to drink, or smoke, and lived by that.
"In doing that he gave a powerful example in relation to our
drink and drugs culture and showed that life could be lived to the full
without recourse to drugs," the monsignor said.
More than 1,000 people filled St John's Church to overflowing
for a touching service and tributes to a man who was described by
fellow townsfolk as "gentle and childlike" and who never
forgot where he came from.
Though illiterate, Christie composed a host of famous songs
including Messenger Boy and Don't Forget Your Shovel. He died
in London, on December 11, aged 62.........
Tributes were also paid by Richard Moore, of the Children in
Crossfire Charity, of which Christie was patron.....
Soloist was Tralee-born soprano Miriam Murphy, accompanied by
The St John's choir was directed by Mons Pat Ahern.
Hermione Hennessy sang Amazing Grace to spontaneous applause,
while I'll Walk Beside You was sung by Luka Bloom at the end
of the ceremony. A lone piper, Denis O'Reilly, led the cortege to Rath Cemetery
as Tralee folk stood silently on the streets, fondly remembering a man whose
songs touched their lives in a special way.
The Irish Independent - Friday, 28th December, 2007
Christie: a singer who prayed twice when he sang
Those who sing, pray twice.
That was the message to mourners at singer-songwriter Christie Hennessy's
memorial Mass yesterday.
Christie's life was a "powerful example" in the current drink and
drugs culture, Monsignor Dan O'Riordan told the congregation before quoting
the Latin phrase "Bis orat qui cantat" --- which translates as
"those who sing, pray twice".
Christie did not seek fame or the cult of celebrity, his considerable
charity work was done behind the scenes and he held to a commitment made as
a young man not to drink or smoke, "a powerful example" in the current
drink and drugs culture, mourners at St John's Church, Tralee, Co Kerry heard.
Prayers were also said at the Mass for the late Joe Dolan.
A lone piper led the funeral cortege through the streets of Tralee,
accompanying the ashes of the 62-year-old singer song-writer who died from
asbestosis in London on December 10. His remains were afterwards buried in
the town's Rath cemetery .
The three gifts brought to the altar by his daughters Hermione and Amber and
son Tim included a guitar, a statue of Our Lady to symbolise his devotion to
her, and the miniature messenger bike, presented to him by the people of
Tralee to mark his well-known song 'Messenger Boy'.
Hermione sang 'Amazing Grace' and the singer Luka Bloom sang
'I Will Walk Beside You'.
Welcoming Christie Ross Hennessy back to St John's parish church, Monsignor
O'Riordan said the singer was baptised there at four days old in November
1945, and had afterwards received his first Holy Communion and his
Christie's wife Jill, who also led the scripture readings, said he had a
profound effect on other people, as a family man, a talented singer and also
as a healer of many years standing.
She had no words to express how much she and his family missed him.
The Kingdom - Thursday, January 03, 2008
Goodbye Messenger Boy
By Mary Murphy
More than 1,000 people - family, friends and fans - packed St John’s Church
in Tralee to bid a tearful farewell to the late great Christie Hennessy who has
been laid to rest in the town he loved so well.
With the town centre church filled to overflowing, many mourners stood out-side
in the rain to pay their own silent tribute to the original Messenger Boy.
In a poignant final journey home for Christie, his wife Jill, and children Amber,
Hermione and Timothy, brought his ashes back to be placed among his own...
Christie composed a host of famous songs, including Messenger Boy, Don’t Forget
Your Shovel, Roll Back The Clouds and Jealous Heart, but despite his ever-increasing
fame, he never forgot his roots or engaged in the cult of celebrity.
"Christie was a man who brought joy and love to so many people by the
simple messages delivered from the heart with musical skills and from a warm
and genuine personality," Monsignor O’Riordan said.
"Christie was a messenger boy in more ways than one," he added.
"The cult of celebrity was something Christie never sought," the
Tralee priest suggested...
"Since he died the phrase "a child-like gentleman" is probably
the most commonly used expression to describe him," Monsignor O’Riordan added.
Tributes were paid during the ceremony by RTÉ’s Aonghus McAnally and by
Richard Moore of the Children in Crossfire charity of which Christie was a patron.
But perhaps most fitting were the musical tributes which included Tralee
born soprano Miriam Murphy, who was accompanied by Aidan O’Caroll and
the St John’s Choir under Mon-signor Pat Ahern.
Christie's daughter, Hermione, delivered a powerful rendition of Amazing Grace
and his friend, Luka Bloom performed I'll Walk Beside You.
After the ceremony Tralee stood silent as a lone piper, Denis O’Reily, led the way
from St John’s to the Rath Cemetery, pausing briefly outside the shop where the
young Christie served his time as a messenger boy.
The singer and songwriter was a legend who changed lives, says Frances Black
...Christie was patron of the charity, Children in Crossfire, which was working
on initiatives to improve the lives of children living in some of the world's
... He went to Kenya with them, to spend time with the children in different
villages, and wrote the song, A Price for Love, and donated all the proceeds
to Children in Crossfire projects. I admired him for being so passionate
about his charity work, and it really inspired me personally....
Earlier this year, Christie was diagnosed with asbestosis, possibly picked
up from his years spent working on the building sites. He was determined to
keep busy, and was working on a documentary, and an album of duets with
people like Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Tommy Fleming, and my sister Mary.
I went into the studio a couple of weeks ago to record a duet with him on
All the Lies. I was chuffed to have been asked to sing with him, and it was
an amazing experience. While I was there, they played the song he recorded
with Christy and Luka called, When Will We Learn, and you could really
hear in the song how passionate he was about Children in Crossfire. It
really blew me away, and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up...
By Frances Black - Sunday, December 16, 2007 - Independent
'Christie was a writer and a singer of magical songs. A true legend'
By Jason O'Brien - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Independent
He could bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye
By Stephen Hill - Saturday, December 15, 2007 - Independent
Chart-topping Irish folk musician who emerged into the limelight in his 40s
By Derek Schofield - Thursday, December 20, 2007 - The Guardian