Tuesday Shownotes

In Rambles on September 26, 2006 by alanswan

Music from todays show: Pet Shop Boys – Heart, Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing, Aslan – Crazy World, Shakira – Whenever, Take That – Everything Changes, Sandi Thom – What If I’m Right, Robbie Williams – Mack The Knife, Ace – How Long, Ray Lamontagne – Trouble, Elvis Costello – Olivers Army, Kirsty McColl – Walking Down Madison, Elton John – Nikita, Classic No1 – Elvis – A Fool Such As I, Men at Work – Down Under.

Also on the show today we spoke to author Audrey Healy about her new book “The Singer and the Song”. Here is the extra info for you: Hodder Headline Ireland / Price: €15.99 Trade Paperback /Pub Date: 2 September 2006 Irish musicians come together in aid of charity.

In a new book entitled The Singer and the Song, the great and the good of Irish talent have come together in aid of Brainwave – The Irish Epilepsy Association. In this unique collection, sixty musicians explain the inspiration behind a favourite song they have composed or performed – giving us an insight into how classics such as Pete St John’s The Fields of Athenry and Phil Coulter’s The Town I Loved So Well were written. 

The book is the brainchild of Audrey Healy, a freelance journalist and author of three previously published books. Having epilepsy herself, Audrey is only too aware of the stigma attached to the condition and has made it a personal aim to show that having epilepsy doesn’t define who you are. She stresses the importance of raising people’s awareness about the condition and says ‘Because of the way it manifests itself, it is not talked about as openly as illnesses such as asthma or diabetes and ironically people with epilepsy are dependant upon such openness. If I have a seizure it is in my interests that the person next to me knows exactly what to do…’ The Singer and the Song features contributions from Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Phil Coulter, Joe Dolan, Christie Hennessy, Charlie McGettigan, Paddy Cole, Liam Clancy, Mary Coughlan, Gemma Hayes, Eleanor McEvoy, Don Baker, Declan O’Rourke, John Spillane and many, many others. With the lyrics of all the songs featured, it is a ‘must-have’ for music lovers everywhere.

About the author Audrey Healy’s work has been published in the Sunday Independent, Ireland on Sunday, Roscommon Champion, Longford News, Westmeath Topic, NewsFour, Jemma Publications, and several other publications including Dublin weeklies and trade magazines. A native of Rooskey, County Roscommon, she has already published three books, St Therese in Ireland, Dubliners: What’s the Story? and Contacted (co-written with Don Mullan). She is a regular contributor to local radio and has recently begun songwriting with singer-songwriter Charlie McGettigan.
Finally I’ll be MCing RehabCare Carlows 10th Anniversary party tonight in the Dolmen Hotel. Looking forward to it, if you are around pop on in. Heres some extra info: Let Us Entertain You – RehabCare Carlow Prepares to Take to the Stage to Celebrate Organisation’s 10th Anniversary

Excitement is building among people with disabilities at RehabCare Carlow as they make final preparations to take to the stage in a special concert to celebrate RehabCare’s 10th Anniversary. The concert, ‘Time Changes Everything’ will take place in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on Tuesday, 26th September from 8.30pm.
In addition to performances by the RehabCare Carlow Music Group, which features the many talents of both service users and staff at the centre, the concert also includes a packed line-up of local talent such as the Killeshin Pipe Band, the Barrowliners Line Dancers, Killeshin Groupa Cheoil and solo artist, Trish Carroll. Following the concert, guests will be able to dance the night away to music from Academy 3. KCLR’s Alan Swan will be the MC on the night.

The concert forms part of a nationwide year-long calendar of events marking RehabCare’s 10th Anniversary, which seeks to promote the abilities of people with disabilities and their value to the life of their local community.

Over the past ten years, RehabCare – the health and social care division of the Rehab Group -has grown dramatically and today caters for over 3,000 service users each year in both Ireland and the United Kingdom with a staff of over 800 people. The organisation’s success has been based on its vision of every person living life to the full and valued for and as themselves. RehabCare is committed to developing and delivering innovative person centered services that ensure that people make the most of their abilities and achieve their maximum level of independence.

In Carlow, RehabCare provides services to more than 35 people with disabilities who avail of a wide variety of activities and programmes such as personal development, computer courses, woodwork, drama, music and craft.

Service users also engage in occupational activities at the centre and have worked with such well-known companies as Irish Sugar, Oglesby and Butler, Pack Publishing and the Carlow Brewing Company. Five clients from the centre are also currently in supported employment, working part-time in the local community. In addition, service users are active in the National RehabCare Advocacy Council (NRAC), an elected representative body giving clients a powerful voice within the organisation.

According to Eamonn McStein, Community Services Manager at RehabCare Carlow, excitement is building in the centre as final rehearsals and preparations for the concert take place.

“It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which the clients have embraced this project and the positive impact it has had on their levels of confidence. The ability and talent is there, it just needs to be nurtured and encouraged, not only in music but in every aspect of life.”

Tickets for the concert cost €10 (OAPs €5), and are available from RehabCare Carlow on (059) 91 32266 or from the Dolmen Hotel on (059) 91 42002.

I leave you with this. Whoever thought and spent the time making this deserves a job in a top fx production house somewhere. If your not Irish you won’t get it! Great stuff. Talk soon – Alan 

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