Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan
We have created a show which we hope tells a story of Ireland’s
1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning
1890 to 1916. We find songs so familiar to generations of Irish people
and shine an extra light on their significance. Songs such as Oro se de
Bheatha abhaile, The Tri coloured Ribbon, A Nation once again, James Connolly
and A Soldiers song which would eventually be translated into Irish and
become our National Anthem.
We are not historians, we are two writers, musician and singers who happened
to read a small library concerning a group of extraordinary people, men
and women who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago, many of whom
were writers, musicians, singers, dancers, artists, poets, painters, sculptors
Their Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth
of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a back
drop of British rule. They believed along with many other Irish men and
Irish women, irrespective of religion or class, that the natural progression
of a cultural revolution could only lead to a free and independent Republic
In our reading we discovered songs, stories and incredible characters
who took part in an armed revolution that would change Ireland for ever
more. In a week, Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and
It was a momentous time in our history and our hope is that the show
Dublin Burning will draw people to the story, educate, entertain and start
a ripple that will send them away seeking more information and understanding
of a very poignant, powerful, sad, sometimes gruesome, heroic but extremely
important period of our history.
“Those who win the war write the history, those who suffer write
the songs” - Frank Harte
Ní stairithe, éinne againe ach beirt ceoltoirí, amhránaithe
agus scribhnóirí a chuir suim sa tréimhse seo dá’r
stair agus go bhfuil leabharlann bheag léighte again i dtaobh na
bhfearaibh is na mná fé leith seo, alán acu scríbhnóirí,
ceoltóirí, amhránaithe, rínceóirí,
ealaiontóirí, filí, agus go háirithe dream
go raibh fís acu. Bhí Éirinn ag an am, ina tír
go raibh suim as an nua á chur sa Ghaeilge, sa cheol, amhránaiocht,
ealaion, stair agus béaloideas aici ,agus ímpireacht na
Breatainne brúite anuas go daingean uirti agus ina coinne. Gan
creideamh san áireamh, chreideadar seo chomh maith lena alán
eile acu, gurb é an toradh nádúrtha a bheadh ar an
réabhlóid culturtha seo ná Éirinn soar agus
neamhspleách ar Shasana.
I gCáisc na blaina 1916, bhí Baile Átha Cliath trí
thine, tine fonn na saoirse, scrios, mallaitheacht, gumh, pian agus mortas
Brendan Begley Accordion, Vocal
Mike Hanrahan Guitars , Vocal
NAKED I saw thee,
O beauty of beauty!
And I blinded my eyes
For fear I should flinch.
I heard thy music,
O sweetness of sweetness!
And I shut my ears
For fear I should fail.
I kissed thy lips
O sweetness of sweetness!
And I hardened my heart
For fear of my ruin.
I blinded my eyes
And my ears I shut,
I hardened my heart
And my love I quenched.
I turned my back
On the dream I had shaped,
And to this road before me
My face I turned.
I set my face
To the road here before me,
To the work that I see,
To the death that I shall meet.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance
of every Irishman and Irish woman. The Republic guarantees religious and
civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens,
and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the
whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the
nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by
an alien government, which have divided a minority in the past.
They came from far away places
To march on a freedom trail
They sang of a new revolution
From the songs their fathers made
On a street bright with a sunshine
In a city on easter parade
They charged to reclaim a nation
from centuries in chains
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh oh Dublin burning
Oh Oh oh Oh Oh Oh Dublin Burning
They built their barricades high
To shun the shawlies cry
Oh oh oh oh oh oh Dublin burning
Michael O Hanrahan
An unsung hero, Michael O Hanrahan was a novelist and actively involved
in many events leading up to the rising. He was executed at Kilmainham
gaol. Mike Hanrahan is not related but discovered Micheal’s involvement
after a visit to Kilmainham many years ago. He also located a copy of
Micheal’s novel The Swordsman and has always been interested in
the novelist and dreamer who took up arms and later lost his life so young.
Mike recently found an original copy of his second novel When the Norman
came, published after his death in 1917.
Aisling / Dream
As I was abroad late one evening
-I am asleep and don't waken me-
It happened that I noticed by my side a beautiful apparition
-I am asleep and don't waken me-
Her curly, ringleted, cascading surplus of tresses fell over her trembling
As she launched the arrows that pierced me in the side.
-I am sleep and don't waken me-
BRENDAN BEGLEY AND MIKE HANRAHAN
Brendan Begley is bursting with the wild and beautiful music of West Kerry.
As a singer he is a gentle giant. On the accordion, he is a force of nature.
His is music that could not exist were it not for the mountains, seas
and storms of his native "Corca Dhuibhne" more commonly known
as the Dingle Peninsula. Born into a famous musical family, the youngest
of nine children, Brendan soaked up the music and song of West Kerry from
an early age. Slides, polkas, songs and slow airs all run through his
veins. He now carries on the tradition of his home place while playing
with the next generation of Begley's, namely his children Bréanainn
on Guitar, Cormac on concertina, Conchúbhair on accordion and Cliodhna
on fiddle and sean-nós dancing. He has three acclaimed solo albums
to his name, as well as numerous recordings with the groups Boys of the
Lough and Beginish. With the Boys of the Lough, he has toured extensively
throughout the United States, and has been featured repeatedly on the
Garrison Keilor radio program "A Prairie Home Companion". He
also does work with TG4 researching and presenting proggrammes and also
is involved in the organising of Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh which is held
in west Kerry each February. www.scoilcheoil.com
Mike's professional music career began in his home town Ennis, Co. Clare
with acclaimed Irish vocalist and Grammy nominee Maura O Connell in a
duo called Tumbleweed. He then spent 15 years as singer, songwriter and
guitarist with renowned Irish music group Stocktons Wing, writing songs,
recording several albums and performing across the globe.
During the early 90’s he toured and recorded with Finbar Furey and
also worked throughout Europe as a solo artist recording his album Someone
like you for German label Wundertutte.
He joined forces with long time friend Ronnie Drew writing producing and
performing with Ronnie Drew for ten years from 1997 to 2007. During that
time they collaborated with Eleanor Shanley on “An Evening with
Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley”. Mike also produced their album
El amor de mi vida. He produced two albums for Ronnie and co produced
Ronnie’s Theatre shows “Ronnie I hardly knew you” and
“An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan”
Mike was Musical director for the highly successful show The Legends Of
Irish Folk which featured Finbar Furey, Liam Clancy, Paddy Reilly, Johnny
Mcavoy, Jim McCann and Ronnie Drew.
Served on the board of IMRO Irish Music Rights Organisation for 12 years,
6 of those years as chairman and 3 years as Deputy Chairman.
He has recorded severel albums with Stocktons Wing, produced and performed
on four albums with Ronnie Drew. Two solo albums and only recently recorded
some songs with Leslie Dowdall.
Beautiful Affair written by Mike for Stocktons Wing voted top 75 all time
great Irish Songs by RTE radio. Voted no.7 Best Irish Song poll for the
last 25 years @ Today FM radio.
Michael Mallin and Countess Markievocz after their capture
Some interesting books to read
Handbook of the Irish revival.
When The Clock Struck 1916, No Ordinary women, Inside the GPO with Joe
Good, They dieed by Pearse's side, 16 lives series of biographies, Agony
Main site mikehanrahan.com