Roddy Doyle spent the entire day at Vicar Street greeting the acts, offering encouragement and during the performances watching from side of stage. The entire day was a tribute to his writing talent and to him as a human being. The evening was for Roddy’s charity Fighting Words which encourages writing in the young. It was also about his work and how it makes people feel good.
Here are a selection of pictures by Ronnie Norton from our segment of the show.
The combination of music and words is not a new one but one that so rarely encompasses such a range of music and reading talent. Colm Mac Con Iomaire and band, Imeda May, Damien Dempsey and his band, Richard Hawley and his guitarist Shez and Glen Hansard all brought their unique talents to the evening. The words from the Barrytown Trilogy came alive when read by Ger Ryan, Neili Conroy, Peter Coonan, Aidan Gillen, Colm Meany and the man who himself was an inspiration to Roddy. Paul Mercier reading one of his own pieces. Altogether an inspiring and electric night of many highs.
One that was co-ordinated by Aoife Woodlock and her efficient and helpful team, that was smoothly run by Damian Bolger and the entire stage and sound crew at Vicar Street as well as by Aiken Promotions.
The Trouble Pilgrims were honoured to be a part of the show in our own right as well as backing Cait O’Riordan with Barry from Blood and Whiskey on tin whistle.