Amhrán na bhFiann will be sung this year by the wonderful tenor, Paul Hennessy. This man needs no introduction but for those who are not into the world of music, here is a little background on this very talented man.
Carlow born Paul has been singing professionally for over 20 years during which time he has made numerous television and radio appearances, on programmes such as The Late Late Show, Live at Three, The Rose of Tralee, The Afternoon Show and Theatre Nights. Paul had vocal training with Dr. Veronica Dunne in the College of Music Dublin and with Patrick Zuk in the Leinster School of Music. He has played leading roles in many musicals including, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls and Oliver.
He was a member of the original ‘Irish Tenors’ and ‘Celtic Tenors’ line ups with whom he performed several concerts and he toured the USA many times with Dublin’s Traditional Irish Cabaret. In 1998, 1999 and 2000 Paul was invited to sing at the All Ireland hurling and football finals in Croke Park. He also sang for the International Rules series, a total of 11 appearances in Croke Park (not bad for a Carlow man). He has recorded two albums, one featuring songs from stage and screen titled ‘Follow me up to Broadway’’ the other is a collection of Irish favourites, ‘A Song for Ireland’. His charity CD ‘Believe’ raised over €6,000 for Our Ladys Childrens Hospital, and his recording of ‘To Be A Child Again’ raised thousands for the Mannix Kane Appeal. The recording also features the students of Evolution Stage School. Paul will sing our National Anthem which will offically start the parade at 1pm on 17th March -