South Wind Blows & RTÉ Present: An Old Song Re-Sung

South Wind Blows & RTÉ Present: An Old Song Re-Sung

September 19, 2023

RTÉ and South Wind Blows are producing a live concert this October to mark 100 years of the Irish State, as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.

Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung commemorates, in performance, song, music, dance, and spoken word, the hundred years from 1923 - 2023 through the lens of Irish culture.

Featured artists and contributors include Damien Dempsey, Aidan 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, London Irish Pensioner's Choir with many more to be announced.

This live concert event will take place at the RDS, Dublin, on Saturday 7th October, 2023. The ticket lottery is now closed.

Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung takes its title from WB Yeats's poem, Down By The Salley Gardens. Yeats, was the first Irish Nobel laureate from the newly independent State, winning the award in 1923, the year in which the opening of the show is set.

1923 was also the year that Ireland joined the newly-established League of Nations, thus marking formal recognition and the country's entry into the international community. This moment marks the end of a uniquely transformative period in our history which saw huge social and political change as the developing new State navigated an uncertain future, filled with possibilities.

The concert will be broadcast on RTÉ One, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Player.

Ireland 100: An Old Song Re-Sung is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme, 2012-2023.