A truly magical night is the best way of summing up what really was one of the most memorable occasions so far this year in Roscrea. On Friday the 8th of May last, well-wishers, music lovers and friends and family of Seamus Doran flocked to the majestic St Cronan’s Catholic Church, Roscrea for the eagerly anticipated launch of Seamus Doran’s new CD entitled “Believe”
The popular local musician and songwriter has spent the last year putting together a spectacular CD featuring ten of his very best original songs. On Friday night last, eight of those songs were performed to an awe inspired audience who were totally captivated by the musicians the singers and the artistry of Seamus Doran’s work.
The CD “Believe” follows in the footsteps of “Against The Grain” which Seamus launched in 2007 and which featured that very popular song “Hometown Of Roscrea” which M.C for the night Brian King described as “Roscrea’s Unofficial Local Anthem” such is the enthusiasm and patriotism for the song every time it is sung.
Pictured at the launch of the Seamus Doran CD Believe on Friday evening last were:
Back Row L/R:
Zoe Gleeson, Brian King (MC), Aidan Doran, Tadhg Maher, Sinead Browne and Liam Gleeson.
Front Row L/R:
David Kinsella, Ruth Morrissey, Carmel Minogue, Seamus Doran, Anna Marie Delaney, Lee Doran, Sheelagh Chadwick and Kathleen Costello
Admission to the event was by voluntary donation the proceeds of which were donated to Pieta House, Roscrea. On that note Brian King opened the evening by inviting Martina Leamy to say a few words about Pieta House and the work that they do both locally and nationally. Martina did just that and also spoke about “The Darkness Into Light” walk which was due to take place in the early hours of the following morning. Martina thanked Seamus for thinking of Pieta House and she concluded by congratulating all the singers and musicians involved in the CD.
Carmel Minogue, Sinead Browne and Zoe Gleeson
After telling the story about how the CD came to fruition which basically involved Seamus Doran’s good friend Liam Gleeson giving Seamus a push in the right direction, Brian introduced the first singer of the night Sheelagh Chadwick, who sang “Walk Beside Me Jesus”. The song was written by Sheelagh’s late brother Billy and rearranged by Seamus. The second song “Second Time Around” was performed by Carmel Minogue. The song asks the listener in a light hearted manner, would you do things differently if you got a second bite at the cherry, so to speak. The third song “Three Pathways To Your Heart” was performed by Tadhg Maher who has worked with Seamus on many different projects including the folk mass produced by Seamus in 2011 called “lead Me Home”. The fourth song of the evening “lord I Know” was performed by Anna-Marie Delaney who was part of a duet with Seamus back in the 1990’s playing at live gigs around the country. Anna –Marie was also a former member of Roscrea Musical Society which prompted Brian King to warmly congratulate the Musical Society, many members of which were present on the night on their recent staging of “Me & My Girl” the society’s 75th annual production. The fifth song “When All Is Said And Done” was composed by Seamus in 2013 and was inspired by his many years experience in the field of addiction, witnessing how countless people recover, when they eventually surrender their problem to God. The song was sung by Sinead Browne who has also recorded some other Seamus Doran compositions for various song contests.
The Doran Family, Seamus Lee and Aidan
After the fifth song an instrumental interlude took place featuring Ruth Morrissey, Kathleen Costello, David Kinsella, Seamus Doran and Tadhg Maher. Much to the delight of those present the musicians played a “Eleanor Plunkett” followed by a set of reels namely “The Bucks Of Oranmore” and “Christmas Eve”
Roscrea Credit Union was well represented at the launch of Seamus Doran's new CD Believe. The Credit Union Manager, Brian King was M.C for the occasion and the Credit Union Chairman Sean Hogan played a big role in making preparations for the event.
Mai Phelan (RCU Volunteer), liam Phelan (RCU Director), Seamus Doran, Sean Hogan (Chairman Of RCU) & Brian King, MC for the evening and Manager of RCU.
The sixth song “Dear Jesus” was due to be sung by Triona Walsh who unfortunately could not make it on the night. Brian King however told a quick story about how Seamus penned the song the very month that Triona moved to Roscrea from Australia in 2011. It would be a few years before both Triona and Seamus would meet for the first time so it was an interesting coincidence or twist of faith that Seamus had selected Triona before this fact was known to sing the song which really has to be heard on the CD to be believed. The seventh song was then sung by Liam Glesson a good friend of Seamus from the Silvermines who will launch his own CD later in the summer. The song “Heavens Front Door” received a very warm reception. The next scheduled song was “I Believe in You”. The song was due to be performed by Lisa Ryan but unfortunately due to work commitments, lisa could not be in attendance. Brian king gave Lisa’s apologies and in turn he said that “we send our congratulations to Lisa who did a fabulous job on the song as you will hear for yourselves when you all get a chance to listen to the CD”. The second last song of the night was sung by Zoe Gleeson. Seamus made a commitment many years ago to Zoe when she was a child that such was Zoe’s enthusiasm for Seamus Doran’s first CD “Against The Grain” that he would feature Zoe on his next album and true to his word Zoe does feature on “Believe” and Zoe produced an excellent live performance of “Meet Me Halfway”
Seamus Doran, Carmel Minogue and Tadhg Maher pictured at the launch of the new Seamus Doran CD Believe
The final song on the album and the final song on the night “Father & Son” is a very special composition inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son. It is a duet and was performed by Aidan and Lee Doran, a brother and nephew of Seamus. The M.C commented before the performance that the song would be special and that the audience would really enjoy what was a fitting song to end a wonderful night and a wonderful CD. Aidan and Lee lived up to that expectation and received a rapturous applause from those gathered with Brian king commenting that “ they were four minutes that we will all remember and four minutes that Aidan and Lee will treasure for the rest of their lives”.
Before handing over to the man of the moment, Brian King made a quick announcement in relation to the Roscrea Enhancement Plan and in particular the Roscrea Enchantment Committee awards which were launched earlier in the day. Brian asked people to familiarise themselves with the awards and support them if at all possible.
Brian king then complimented the musicians and the singers gathered for the event who he said were also “represented on countless local groups and organsaitions that make an enormous difference to the social fabric and dynamic of our community”. Brian also spoke about the “unsung heroes in the local community” who work tirelessly to portray Roscrea in a positive light. Brian said that Seamus Doran was one of those individuals and tonight the M.C said that Seamus represents all that is good about his “Hometown Of Roscrea, it’s people, it’s past, it’s present and it’s future. In conclusion Brian praised the work ethic of Seamus and said that “Seamus, your hard work, your determination, your imagination and creativity makes you an example and an inspiration to us all”. Brian then introduced a very proud and emotional Seamus Doran to say a few words.
Seamus told everyone he was thrilled and overcome with the amount of well wishes and support that he has received for the project. Seamus thanked the local clergy for all their support including the sacristan. Seamus thanked all the helpers on the night including Joe Moloughney, Brendan Keeshan and Brendan Doran. Seamus thanked Caroline Monahan and Ger O’Meara and Walsh Printers. Seamus then tanked Roscrea Credit Union, Super Valu and Stapleton’s Bakery for all their continued support. Seamus thanked the press and Tipp FM and P.J Wright and he thanked Martina Leamy for speaking on behalf of Pieta House. Peter Maher and Frankie and Sean O’Sullivan and Peter Dooley were all thanked for their help with the CD.
Seamus then thanked his good friend “Sean Hogan” who is said does great work in Roscrea and is a great support to Seamus in everything he does. Moving on to the M.C, Brian king, Seamus thanked Brian for all his help and encouragement over the years and said that “his good friend deserves great credit for holding down a very challenging job as Manager of Roscrea Credit Union, yet manages to give so much of his voluntary time to help various individuals, clubs and organisations in the locality as well as promoting and engaging with so many projects to help develop the town of Roscrea”. Seamus made special presentation to both Sean and Brian and indeed he made a special presentation to all of the singers and musicians on the night. Seamus said that obviously without the support of the musicians and the singers, there simply would be no CD and describing them all as great friends he thanked them deeply and sincerely for all their support.
The CD “Believe” is on sale from locally from Bernies Super Valu and is moderately priced at just €10.00. You really will want too get yourself a copy. It’s special.