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Ballymun Lullaby (2011)

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Music teacher Ron Cooney has been working in the Republic of Ireland's only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic ... See full summary »


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Himself (as Fr. Peter McVerry)
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Music teacher Ron Cooney has been working in the Republic of Ireland's only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic transformation, including the demolition of six of it's seven tower blocks. The young people of Ballymun have had an extraordinary experience, and Ron sets out to produce a collection of music that gives voice to their story. Working with composer Daragh O'Toole, Ron's ambition is to create a 'world class' collection of music for his talented students to play and write lyrics for. This music will challenge the negative views many still hold of the area - views that have the potential to hold his students back, and undermine the aims of the Ballymun Music Programme. The music that is produced attracts the attention of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and is soon recorded by them in a unique collaboration with the students. A dynamic funny and driven man, despite his own health problems, what Ron and his students have ... Written by Anonymous

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This overpowered me. If you love music, see it
11 July 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh and was bowled over (as were the rest of the audience). A universal tale that shows how music can move the soul, Frank Berry's documentary follows music teacher, Ron Cooney as he works with kids from one of Dublin's most maligned suburbs, Ballymun. Catching them – crucially – at an early age, he fosters in them a love of music, and with it a transcendence and a way of expressing themselves. This is achieved to pretty breathtaking effect as, working with composer Darragh O'Toole, the children's own words are put to music. And the music is pretty special - I'd challenge anyone not to be moved when the harmonies start to soar. My lips were quivering - thankfully it was dark. Above all you're impressed by Ron, one maverick of a man fighting countless little wars, and more importantly, by some truly impressive kids - notably Darren, who's a poet and doesn't know it (sorry). I'd put it up there with 'His and Hers', which is high praise. See it wherever you can.

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