SOME OF Ireland’s biggest and brightest female music artists came together for a very special live performance of The Cranberries’ classic Dreams.
The all-star group Irish Women in Harmony first came together during lockdown in an effort to raise essential funds for Safe Ireland, a domestic violence charity.
It came after a reported 25 per cent spike in calls domestic violence calls to gardai since the start of the pandemic.
Eager to do their bit to support the work of the charity y, the group came together to record the track made famous by the haunting vocals of the late, great Dolores O’Riordan.
Some of those same singers reunited, face to face, on The Late Late Show to perform Dreams live.
It proved a magical occasion, with the performance drawing widespread praise.
"What a beautiful performance by women in harmony on the #LateLateShow just stunning,” one fan wrote.
“"@RTELateLateShow beautiful performances #LateLateShow Dolores was lovely. Wonderful tribute,” another on Twitter concurred.
A third added: "Seriously @irewomeninharm that song and performance just makes me so feckin proud of the AMAZING talent we have right here in the homeland #LateLateShow."
While a fourth said: "The talent in this country is ASTRONOMICAL. Irish Women in Harmony stunning performance."
Arguably the highest praise came from The Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy, who described it as simply "a thing of great beauty".
Plans are now afoot for Irish Women in Harmony to release an album.
The project was originally brainchild of Dublin singer-songwriter RuthAnne.
"There are so many amazing trailblazers and emerging female artists and musicians in Ireland,” she said.
"In what sometimes seems like a male dominated industry in this country, we feel like it’s important to inspire the young girls of today by showcasing all of the incredible women in Irish music.
"More importantly, we wanted to come together as the Irish Women in Harmony to raise awareness and funds for a charity close to all of our hearts, Safe Ireland, who support domestic abuse victims and survivors.
"During lockdown the rates of reported abuse have risen by a frightening 25% and we want to help in whatever way we can. We are covering an iconic song, "Dreams" by The Cranberries.
"Dolores was an influence and inspiration to all of us so we wanted to pay homage to her. Having all of us coming together, women supporting women is exactly what’s needed and we hope this movement spreads far and wide and inspires others."