Trailblaze: We Need To Talk About Ireland

We Need To Talk About Ireland, a 90 minute creative celebration of Ireland’s past, present and future takes place in Dublin’s Mansion House tonight, St Patrick’s Night.

This innovative cultural event challenges some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED-style talks, interspersed with music, comedy, poetry, film and a large-scale choral spectacle, We Need To Talk About Ireland is produced by The Trailblazery in association with RTÉ Arts and will be streamed internationally on RTÉ Player from 9pm, tonight, Monday 17 March. More info here.

The stellar line-up of performers includes our friends Crash EnsembleNina Hynes, Iarla O’ Lionáird, St. Brigid’s Children’s Choir and Discovery Gospel Choir.

O’ Lionáird and Crash will perform Donnacha Dennehy‘s haunting arrangement of the Irish sean-nós song Táim sínte ar do thuama.

And the event will finish with Nina Hynes’ searingly optimistic song The World, performed by Nina, Crash, St. Brigid’s Children’s Choir and Discovery Gospel, arranged for the occasion by Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice. Sholdice says: “Nina’s song is so uplifting. It seems to me to speak of a renewed joy in existence and a freedom from the everyday concepts that trap us. It couldn’t be more apt for this event.” 

Check it all out on on RTÉ Player from 9pm, tonight.