Rod Stewart gets tearful recalling story of Irish rebel leader executed 15 minutes after marrying fiance
Scottish rock legend Rod Stewart shed a tear when he appeared on Irish TV and was presented with a very special gift.
Stewart was a guest on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy over the St Patrick’s Day weekend.
During the show, Tubridy surprised Stewart with a first-edition copy of a poetry book written by Easter Rising hero Joseph Mary Plunkett.
The story of Plunkett and Gifford means a great deal to Stewart and he even recorded the song Grace, which was written by Sean and Frank O’Meara about the couple.
Stewart’s visit to Gifford’s final resting place didn’t go unnoticed by the Late Late Show producers and host Tubridy surprised the star with his gift.
Tubridy told the rocker: “We were trying to think of something as a present we could give to you because we like what you’ve done with that story.
“So, we’ve found a collection of poetry by Joseph Mary Plunkett and it was published in 1916, it’s a first edition and it’s our gift from us to you.”
The singer was moved to tears by the gift and told Tubridy: “That is truly amazing, thank you so much.”
Stewart had once tried to perform ‘Grace’ on the BBC but was told he couldn’t due to ‘anti-English’ connotations.
He said: “They won’t let me sing “Grace” because of its Irish, anti-English overtones in the song. Forget about it, it’s one of the greatest love songs ever written. The guy goes to his death 15 minutes the next morning after he’s been married, and I can’t sing that one either.”
Take a look at the video below.
Do you qualify to become an Irish citizen?There are three main ways for a person to qualify for Irish citizenship – through birth, through marriage or civil partnership or through naturalisation. Check if you qualify for Irish citizenship
Did you know?Singing Cork barman has fans across the world - a video of the Irish music loving barman singing while he poured a pint went viral as people became enchanted by his easy going style and great voice. Check out his video.
Have you heard about…Irish people warned about the ‘Celtic curse’ - a potentially deadly blood condition, that harms the liver, heart and pancreas, has been labelled the ‘Celtic Curse’ because more people in Ireland are prone to it than people from other countries. Find out more.
What about this…‘Irish giant’ Tom Crean was one of the bravest and toughest explorers of the early part of the 20th century. Thanks to his positivity and faith, he managed to not only survive horrific conditions but also save the lives of his colleagues. Find out more.