Dublin students perform haunting song dedicated to orphans of the Famine
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Dublin students perform haunting song dedicated to orphans of the Famine

STUDENTS from University College Dublin have dedicated a beautiful performance of Orphan Girl to victims of the Great Famine.

Orphan Girl’s lyrics are told from the perspective of an orphan of the Famine from the mid-1800s, contemplating a move to Australia to escape the devastation in Ireland.

The song, performed by the university’s Choral Scholars with soloist Abby Molloy, was originally written by Brendan Graham for the Annual Great Famine Commemoration in Sydney four years ago.

The ceremony commemorated the relocation to Australia of over 4,000 female orphans from Ireland after the famine took its toll.

The British Government controversially relocated the orphans to Australia, where female workers were in demand.

It’s not the first time University College Dublin’s Choral Scholars have received attention online for their glorious gift.

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Previous renditions of The Parting Glass and Mo Ghille Mear have amassed almost two million views on YouTube.

Their haunting rendition of Orphan Girl is another glorious addition to their impressive repertoire.

Check out their beautiful performance below…