‘Dreams’ of hope and friendship from Ireland

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A new video featuring six school choirs performing ‘Dreams’ by Irish rock band The Cranberries is sharing a message of hope and friendship to the world.

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Co-operation Ireland and six school choirs from around the island of Ireland to create a new video. Timed to coincide with International Youth Day on 12 August, the film aims to remind people everywhere about the island of Ireland and to bring them a message of friendship and hope and optimism in the midst of the many challenges facing humanity in 2020.

The video, available here, features 48 young choristers and performs under the guidance of Dónal Doherty, the artistic director of the City of Derry International Choir Festival.

The uplifting video also features students from Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ in Limerick, where Orla Colgan Ahern, choir director, previously taught The Cranberries’ lead singer, the late Dolores O’Riordan.  

Joining the Limerick singers are pupils from Methodist College, Belfast; Moate Community School, County Westmeath; Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane, Cork; St Mary’s College in Derry~Londonderry and Blackrock College in Dublin.

In the video the young people’s vocals are intercut with wonderful footage of coastal scenery, mountain greenery and iconic locations from all parts of the island of Ireland.

Among them are sights along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, such as the magnificent Fanad Lighthouse in County Donegal and the mountain of Ben Bulben, under which the grave of the great Irish Nobel Laureate W.B. Yeats famously lies. 

Stunning aerial footage of The Gobbins cliff path and the much-photographed Mussenden Temple capture the dramatic Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, alongside the famous Peace Bridge in the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry.

Dramatic drone shots of the early medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough and Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow, plus Kilkenny Castle, the Hill of Tara and more in Ireland’s Ancient East also accompany the vocals.

The young Irish singers’ new rendition of ‘Dreams’ is reminiscent the first global campaign to market the island of Ireland as a whole. Originally aired in 1996, the campaign featured the much-loved track at a time when The Cranberries were enjoying international success with a string of worldwide hits including ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’.

The new video is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s fans and followers around the world on social platforms, including Facebook, which has almost 4.6 million fans worldwide, Instagram (804,000 followers), Twitter (530,000 followers) and YouTube.