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Declan O'Rourke - Poor Boy’s Shoes.

Hearing this for the first time prompted me to go away and read all about the Potato Famine, Irish History, the history of Irish folk music and dance.

The Irish have been persecuted for thousands of years, like the Jews. Fascinating and so sad.

Meeting Aung San Suu Kyi at Electric Burma Concert, Dublin

The Electric Burma concert was held in the Bord Gas Energy Theatre, Dublin for Amnesty International to honor Aung San Suu Kyi for the outstanding work she has done and the sacrifices she has made for nearly 25 years. At this event she received the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. After this Concert an event was held outside for all members of the public. 

Tickets for the event sold within 10 minutes of public release and less than 2000 tickets went on sale. Fortunately I was lucky enough to obtain a ticket for this event. Even though it was not starting until 5pm doors opened at 3.30pm. I decided I would go an hour before hand so as I wouldn’t miss anything. I arrived a 4pm and even at that time there were crowds forming outside. There was a red carpet outside the doors of the theatre and photographers and reporters everywhere.

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me on the red carpet


The crowd inside was a good mixture of people from well-known news reporters, politicians, celebrities,  humanitarian aid workers and Burmese citizens. There was excitement in the air as everyone was awaiting for the guest of honour to arrive.

Once everyone had taken their seats Aung San Suu Kyi arrived. Everyone immediately stood to welcome Daw Suu. Members of Amnesty and Bono accompanied her. Once as everyone had settled and Aung San Suu Kyi had taken her seat the concert began.

Performances on the night had many people from around the world. The event opened with Riverdance followed by poetry readings from Jack Gleeson, Saoirse Ronnan and Vanessa Redgrave who read pieces written by Seamus Heaney. Declan O’Rourke, Bob Geldof and Martin Hayes also carried out performances

Many people such as Wu'er Kaixi, Nazanin Afshin Jam and Zarganar spoke about experiences in their countries and how it has affected the lives of citizens living there and the need for democracy and freedom of speech

Aung San Suu Kyi also gave a heart warming speech on the night. You can listen to her speech here

During intermission I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet Daw Suu Kyi. She seemed honored and genuinely humbled by the reception she was being given in Ireland. 

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Daw Suu Kyi and I

After intermission there were performances by Damien Rice and Bono, Lupe Fiasco and Kate Tempest. The concert ended with everyone coming back on stage and signing Bob Marley’s song “Get Up Stand Up”

After the concert there were thousands of people waiting outside to see Aung San Suu Kyi. The Lord Mayor of Dublin gave a speech and presented Suu Kyi with the Freedom of Dublin. As it was her birthday the following day, she was given a birthday cake and the crowd outside sang happy birthday.

It was an amazing and surreal night, it was thought provoking in so many ways and would really make you appreciate the freedoms and privileges we have in Ireland that are often taken for granted. I wish Aung San Suu Kyi the best of luck in her travels and hopefully the rest of the 400 political prisoners in Burma will be released soon

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Riverdance

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Declan O'Rourke & Ingrid Berman Marin


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Donal Lunny & Yungchen Lhamo

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Romain Descharmes & Sarah Nemantu


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Khin Thant Han & Bono Presenting the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award to Aung San Suu Kyi


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Bob Dylan


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Damien Rice & Bono


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Crowds outside waiting for Daw Suu


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Daw Suu Kyi on stage with the Lord Mayor of Dublin


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Crowds outside onlooking the stage

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Be Brave and Believe - Declan O'Rourke

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Declan O'Rourke - Galileo (Someone Like You)

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We saw Declan O'Rourke again two weeks ago in Kinvara. I’ve never seen someone live who is such an amazing storyteller. I wish the audio quality on this was better- his skills as a musician and guitarist aren’t as obvious in this as they are when you’re watching him live (this is not a recording from the show we were at).

He closed with this song, and I cried. Listen to the lyrics.

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/sighs loudly about the slicked back hair and pushed up glasses but also about his character getting a new undercover gig and it’s probably in Gotham or something where he has to be Harvey Bullock- a grumpy, indifferent and seemingly corrupt cop with ties to Fish Mooney (‘Romantic?’ he says, and the higher-ups reply, 'Whatever works Declan, you know the drill.’) while keeping his partner Jim Gordon safe because that kid might just be the one to clean up the city… if he manages to not get himself killed first.