More than 50 Irish postal workers are raising money for a leading hospital with a video of them performing a spinetingling version of Ireland’s Call.
The postal delivery staff at An Post Delivery Services Unit Drogheda Co Louth lined up alongside their vans at their local depot, keeping two metres apart to observe the social distancing rules during the Covid outbreak. Some brought their guitars, drums, keyboards and together they burst into song.
A couple of the lads took the lead vocals with their colleagues joining in. The result is magical and moving. Ireland’s Call was written by Derry songwriter Phil Coulter for the united Ireland rugby team. It was intended as a bridge between the players from the Republic and those from the North, which is still part of the United Kingdom. The song brought people together as it acted as alternative to both the Irish and the British national anthems.
It’s certainly bringing people together on this video, which has had a great response from the public.
The idea for the video came after some of the postal workers expressed a desire to raise funds for the frontline staff in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital who are doing such wonderful work during this pandemic.
From this came the idea of recording a version of ‘Ireland’s Call’, with the lyrics changed slightly to encourage the public to stay at home during the pandemic. All of the services provided to achieve this were donated at no cost
Organiser Tom Maguire said: “The staff at the An Post Drogheda Delivery Services Unit are passionate about the Fund raising aspect of this exercise. The front-line staff in Lourdes Hospital and indeed all front-line staff worldwide have shown the depth of their commitment, bravery and resilience in the face of danger on a daily basis.
“Some have paid the ultimate price for their bravery and dedication. The latest threat to the safety of front-line staff is the procurement of PPE. The government announced just last weekend that the cost of this could be as much as 1 billion euro.
“This contribution by the staff of An Post Drogheda is a small gesture but this could evolve into a significant one with your support.”
Watch the video here.
You can support the fundraising appeal here.