Irish music group Na Fianna has released an unofficial charity song called ‘Je Suis Irlandaise’ ahead of the upcoming European Football Championship 2016. All of the proceeds from the sale of the catchy track will go towards sending the Irish Homeless Street League Team to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow from 10th -16th July. Na Fianna aim to raise €10,000 for the charity. This means that the entire team will travel to Scotland for the occasion.
The four-piece band are partnering with the charity that helps homeless people through football. The song ‘Je Suis Irlandaise’ is set to evoke a sense of community in the public as it tells the story of the Irish team making it to France for the Euros.
With over 6,000 people homeless in Ireland, the Irish Homeless Street League provides a huge support to those fallen on troubled times. It was officially set up as a street league in Dublin’s inner city as an independent non-profit entity in 2004. Since then it has expanded its clubs to Cork, Waterford, Galway, Wexford, Longford and Portlaoise including two prison teams in Cloverhill and Wheatfield. Throughout Ireland there are approximately 500 people playing in the street leagues.
The charity also offers them sporting educational programs such as coaching and refereeing courses. It is a 100% voluntary organisation with all of the funding going to venues for training, kits and coaching courses.
Colin Farrell, ambassador for the Irish Homeless Street League said, “It is about giving a sense of purpose, inclusion and community through football.” President Michael D Higgins also commented, “I am proud to be a patron of the Homeless Street League Program and am humbled by the efforts of those involved. It is inspirational and shows what can be achieved when solidarity and a common vision combine for the greater good.”
Speaking about the importance of the summer anthem, Graham Tucker from the Irish Homeless Street League said, “Na Fianna are a great band, we can never thank them enough for what they are doing for us and the team. Knowing that they are supporting us has really lifted the moral among everyone at the Irish Homeless Street League. The team has worked so hard and overcome so many battles to get where they are today and we are just so proud of them. I’d just like to take this opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to download ‘Je Suis Irlandaise’ to help the team get to Glasgow!”.
The band comprises brothers Ciaran Finn and Hugh Finn fom Co.Laois and James O'Connor and Peter McMahon, from Limerick. They rose to success with their chart topping single ‘Toora Loora Lay’ last year and have since toured the United States with their No.1 album. They transcend generational barriers with their unique style of mixing traditional music with a contemporary twist. Their songs reflect Ireland’s heritage and an element of storytelling, both of which can be found in ‘Je Suis Irlandaise’. The song can also be found on the upcoming album ‘On The Road To France’ by Dolphin Records.
Band member Hugh Finn highlights why the Irish Homeless Street League is such a worthy cause “Homelessness is a huge issue at the moment and I think it is something that we all really need to address and support. We wanted to do this for the Irish Homeless Street League because the work they do is phenomenal. They are all volunteers and dedicate so much of their time to the Street League. We’ve had this our minds for a while now and we just hope that we can get the team to Glasglow.”
The track can be downloaded now on https://itun.es/ie/W4GWcb