Leading Irish singer Damien Dempsey performed a number of songs with Ms. Audrey Power’s Second class at St Cronan’s national school in Brackenstown, Swords on Wednesday last as part of their prize for being one of the winning entrants in PREDA’s “Freedom Day” photography competition. The Dublin born balladeer is a supporter of PREDA, a Philippines based children’s charity which works to help children trapped in lives of poverty and exploitation, which was founded by Dublin born priest Fr. Shay Cullen who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions.
The national competition encouraged primary school students to take a photo of what freedom meant to them and was proudly supported by leading school lunch supplier Carambola Kidz. The students at St. Cronan’s created an inspiring photo profiling the message of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Damien was struck by the deep sense of empathy and awareness of human rights issues displayed by the winning class. The children were delighted to be given a chance to ask him questions relating to his musical background and life.
The visit culminated in a musical session which a lot of “Damo’s” fans would be envious of! The Dublin balladeer joined in with the children singing some a number of his own songs “Apple of My Eye”, “Your Pretty Smile” and the crowd pleasing “Rocky Road to Poland”. The memorable visit was rounded off with an autograph session and a request from a student for all the class to sing the title track of “Almighty Love” with Damo. He duly obliged and one couldn’t but feel that the future of our nation’s youth is heading in the right direction when you have a class of eight year olds in St. Cronan’s belting out inspirational lyrics such as, “The love that drove Gandhi to die for India free
And Rosa Parks we see the power of dignity....Almighty Love”.
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