‘Trojan effort’ to get Limerick On Record

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

RIVERDANCE composer Bill Whelan has hailed the endeavour in assembling a compilation of Limerick music as “an extraordinary achievement”.

RIVERDANCE composer Bill Whelan has hailed the endeavour in assembling a compilation of Limerick music as “an extraordinary achievement”.

Limerick On Record, a stunning compilation that features the best of Limerick music from a 50-odd year period, painstakingly assembled by Corbally man Paddy Brennan, is a limited edition collection that aims to raise €20,000 for Milford Hospice.

The 62-track collection spans from 1965 right up to the present day and contains Whelan’s Riverdance, Richard Harris’ MacArthur Park, Grannies Intentions’ Sandy’s On The Phone, The Cranberries’ Dreams, Reform’s You Gotta Get Up and more from Limerick’s musical history.

“It is a stunning collection, an extraordinary project,” said Bill Whelan, speaking to the Limerick Leader at the launch in Thomond Park last Wednesday night, attended by many of the greats assembled on this definitive collection.

“I know myself because I have been involved in trying to clear music for use. What has happened here has just been unbelievable. The job of putting this together has been absolutely Trojan and it is an extraordinary achievement,” he explained.

The three CD collection is the result of over two years work by Corbally man Paddy and his wife Geraldine, with all of the artists and record companies - eventually - donating the use of their tracks in aid of Milford.

“When I got permission from the Limerick artists I had to contact all the record companies then. Lots of the recordings were not owned by the artists, rather the companies, licensing companies,” explained Paddy.

“It wasn’t easy because lots of them had been dissolved, taken over, amalgamated - it was a maze. I persisted and searched out the copyright - and got a lot of help from Jim Liddane, of the International Songwriters Association, a friend of mine all my life.”

Just 1000 copies of the album are available for sale, making it already a rarity. Places stocking Limerick On Record include: Savins, O’Mahony’s, Euro Empire, Milford and UCH.