Schoolchildren sing The Galway Shawl to “raise spirits” during pandemic

Schoolchildren sing The Galway Shawl to “raise spirits” during pandemic

PUPILS at a school in Birmingham have released a song they first performed for Irish President Michael D Higgins when he visited the city last year.

The choir from Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Birmingham greeted President Higgins and his wife Sabina when they arrived at the Birmingham Irish Centre in February 2019.

As the President took to the stage alongside members of the Birmingham Irish Association, the children, whose school is based in Tile Cross, performed the traditional Irish folk song The Galway Shawl, which has its origins traced back to 1936.

Although now closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school has decided to release a recording of the schoolchildren’s song on You Tube, which was shared by the Birmingham Irish Association today.

The children’s singing it set to a series of stunning images of scenic spots found across Galway.

The organisation state: “The children from Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Tile Cross have recorded a song they sang for The President of Ireland when he visited Birmingham last year.

“That day, they brought a tear to many peoples' eyes and delighted the President and his wife Sabina.

“In these desperate and lonely times, they wish to share with you all their singing and images from Galway, which they hope will lift your spirits and help us all look forward to better days.”

Watch the video below: