Limerick’s Corrigan brothers write song for McIIroy and Clooney

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE CORRIGAN brothers are back, and this time they are singing the successes of golfer Rory McIlroy and praising George Clooney’s Irish heritage after moving on from US President Barack Obama.

THE CORRIGAN brothers are back, and this time they are singing the successes of golfer Rory McIlroy and praising George Clooney’s Irish heritage after moving on from US President Barack Obama.

The brothers, who hail from Castletroy in Limerick, appear on have another American hit on their hands, after previously reaching the American top 40 with “There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama”. That song enjoyed over nine million YouTube hits, while the trio were also mentioned in President Obama’s address in Dublin last year.

“Last week we were asked by an American friend to record a song for a golf news site in honour of Rory’s achievement. We wrote and recorded the song and 24 hours later it had appeared all over the sports media and mainstream US media. We were amazed,” Ger Corrigan, lead singer with the band, told the Limerick Leader.

The newspaper USA Today have featured the song, as well as NBC news, CBS news, the Fox sports website Yardbarker, ESPN as well as hundreds of other social media sites, blogs and online newspapers. “We obviously underestimated the popularity of Rory McIlroy in the USA,” laughed Ger.

The brothers rushed to release the song as a single in the USA and they think it may eclipse the Obama hit. It now has over 20,000 views on YouTube. “The single is getting airplay across the sports radio networks as well as mainstream networks and it has featured on CBS and NBC national news as well as news and sports networks in Canada,” continued Ger. The Corrigan brothers will also film a performance of the single for CBS TV in Ireland later this month, and said they are currently completing the music for a film on George Clooney’s Irish roots which will be on cinema release in the USA later this year, as well as planning a tour of the West Coast of the US in September.

Recently they performed “Welcome Home George Clooney” in Kilkenny where they met relatives of The Descendants star, in anticipation of the film star’s visit here this March.