Kodaline launch CEOL 2018 CD with surprise visit to local Dublin school
Picture This, Wild Youth and Gavin James all feature on the all-Irish CD.
Kodaline chose Loreto College in their native Swords to launch new Irish album CEOL 2018 with friend and 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermott.
The newly composed piece – curated by Conradh na Gaeilge, Raidió Rí-Rá and RTÉ 2FM radio presenter Eoghan McDermott – features a compilation of some of the biggest songs of this year recorded by their original artists through the Irish language.
Saoirse Ronan & @macklemore recorded a spoken word intro as Gaeilge for #CEOL2018 & I love them for it. It's about how the language is beautiful & versatile but delicate & needs people to help it along. Huge love to them for being involved. Please share the love! Failte go Ceol!X pic.twitter.com/sPvhXMyvvy
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) September 26, 2018
The album includes songs as Gaeilge from Picture This, Kodaline, Wheatus and many others as well as a vocal introduction from Saoirse Ronan and Macklemore.
350,000 copies of the album have been sent to post-primary students all over the country to help them celebrate the national tongue during Bliain na Gaeilge.
"Myself and Steve [Garrigan, singer] started the band in the Gaeltacht, so we've always had a deep love and affinity for the language," Mark Prendergast from Kodaline commented at the launch.
"We were delighted to be involved in CEOL this year; the scale of the album and the calibre of other artists involved make it one of the most exciting things to happen to the language in a long time."
"We love taking part in CEOL and we get a huge reaction when we sing one of our songs as Gaeilge anywhere in the world - people really connect with them," Danny O'Reilly, frontman of The Coronas said on the CD's release.
"I hope that our song 'Nílimid Bréagach (We Couldn't Fake It)' on CEOL 2018 and all the other amazing tracks on the album will inspire people to use more Irish especially this year during Bliain na Gaeilge."