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Kildare > Arts > Atlantis Launch of the Single "The Curragh of Kildare"

Launch of the Single "T
he Curragh of Kildare"

The Keg, Main St., Newbridge
Thursday 3rd July
Atlantis - The Curragh of Kildare - Single Launch

The cover of the ATLANTIS the ‘The Curragh of Kildare’ which has been given the official backing of the Kildare Supporters Club and the Kildare County Board and will be launched next Thursday in the Keg, Newbridge. Left to right on the cover are Vicky Cahill, Lenny Cahill, Derek Conroy and Colly Cahill with the Kildare team in the foreground and the familiar sight of the Curragh in the background. Graham Coffey of Cofdesign, Red Door Studio, Barrettstown Road, Old Connell, Newbridge designed the cover.

The Summer’s Come at Last.

IT’S OFFICIAL, County Kildare will have an anthem for the 2003 Leinster Final on the 20th of July in Croke Park. ATLANTIS, a well-known Newbridge band will launch their single ‘The Curragh of Kildare’ next Thursday, the 3rd of July in the Keg in Newbridge. The official launch will be followed by a live performance by the band where they will showcase their musical talents as well as their new single.

The single originally appeared as a track on their album, ATLANTIS, which was launched last year. Since 1998 people have been begging them to release their Celtic-Rock version of the Kildare anthem, The Curragh of Kildare, as an anthem for the Kildare supporters and also because of its own distinct musical flavour and proficiency. Not only does it capture the original melody but dares to improve this classic Irish melody by modernising it’s rhythm in the style of The Horslips, Gary Moore, The Waterboys and our own Christy Moore. The result is astounding, maintaining the haunting original melody over a driving passion-filled backbeat. Wherever ATLANTIS have performed, their distinct version of The Curragh of Kildare has become their trademark, now it may well become the trademark of County Kildare, the anthem which will focus the energy and pride of the whole County in their pursuit of victory, and will remain for years to come a focal point of pride.

Keen followers of the game themselves ATLANTIS wish the team every success. “It could really be their year,” remarked Lenny Cahill, “after their gutsy performance against Meath, they will have the confidence to go all the way. We of course have a keen interest with the launch of the single but we are a Newbridge band and proud of it. The reaction and support of the County Board and the Kildare Supporters Club has been great and we would love to see the single a success as much for them and the team as for ourselves.”

The band’s manager Declan Garrett is also full of praise for the County Board and the Supporters Club and all the sponsors of the project – Lucina Russell, County Arts Officer; Seamus Cosgrove - (Facton); Cllr. Pat Black - Mayor of Newbridge. Kildare County Board Chairman, Andrew O’Sullivan and Vice Chairman, Syl Merrins; Kildare Supporters Club Chairman, Michael Osborne; Ray O’Brien Motors Ltd., and Mario Corrigan from the Local Studies Department of The History & Family Research Centre. “It is a costly process,” says Declan, “but it is not always about money. The important thing for ATLANTIS is to raise the profile of the band. If we make a profit then we will be contributing to the players’ fund. This project is about the team and the supporters in County as much as it is about ATLANTIS and if we can raise the profile of the County and the band at the same time then all the better. With a song of this quality it will surely be in every home in the County which, in itself, should give us a Kildare No. 1 – now that is worth thinking about! Should Kildare make it once more to the All-Ireland Final the band might very well be performing in Croke Park itself!”

Cill Dara Abú

The launch of this classic version of The Curragh of Kildare will instil a sense of pride and place within the County and provide a focus for the enormous wave of support that is gathering once more for the Kildare Team and it will undoubtedly further the career of one of the greatest bands to come out of Kildare in a long time. The official launch of the ATLANTIS single ‘The Curragh of Kildare on Thursday night upstairs in the KEG, Newbridge at 9 p.m. This will be followed at 10.15 p.m. with a performance by ATLANTIS featuring the Curragh of Kildare and this (gig) part of the evening is open to the public. Come one come all!

ATLANTIS are Colly Cahill on Vocals/Guitars, Vicky Cahill on Vocals/Guitars, Lenny Cahill, Percussion, Keyboards & Programming, and Derek Conroy on Bass Guitar (Derek also is responsible for the superb match commentary on the dance version of the single).

The single features a Celtic version of and a dance version (both sung by Colly) which is aimed at the nite-club audience as well as a Celtic version of the classic, Go Lassie Go with haunting vocals by Vicky. All the songs were arranged by ATLANTIS and produced, engineered and mastered by Lenny at The Shed Studios, Piercetown, Newbridge.

ATLANTIS are managed by Declan Garrett: Phone 087 2644288 or e-mail

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