Pupils record ‘Malin Head Song’

All the young St Mary's National School pupils who took part in the recording of the Malin Head son this week.
All the young St Mary's National School pupils who took part in the recording of the Malin Head son this week.

Young pupils from St Mary’s National School in Malin Head this week recorded a self-penned song which it is hoped will help promote the area’s charms.

Staff at Ireland’s most northerly school said the students from 2nd to 6th Classes had a great experience recording the ‘Malin Head Song’ this week.

Young pupils on the button acordians.

Young pupils on the button acordians.

Neil McGrory from McGrory Audio Studios in Culdaff arrived with the recording equipment on Wednesday and will now add the finishing production touches before the song is finished and ready for airplay.

It will uploaded on to Youtube and local websites as well as being shared on Facebook when completed.

Staff and pupils at the school are also hoping it will be played over the local airwaves as well.

Teacher Julieanne Devlin from St Mary’s N.S. said the song came about as part of the routine school music curriculum regarding composing and playing instruments.

St Mary's National School Primary School teacher Julieanne Devlin.

St Mary's National School Primary School teacher Julieanne Devlin.

Mrs Devlin said the students also came up with the words, initially in the form of a poem, before it was set to music with a range of instruments including the fiddle, guitar, button accordion, bongo drums and other percussion, xylophone and recorders among others.

A total of 39 pupils were involved in the project.

“We are very proud of them,” Mrs Devlin said.

“They are very excited about doing something which will benefit the local area and because of that they have put their hearts and souls into it.”

Young guitarists from St Mary's National School Malin Head recording the Malin Head Song this week.

Young guitarists from St Mary's National School Malin Head recording the Malin Head Song this week.

Among the features of Malin Head which are covered in the song lyrics are the tower at Bamba’s Crown, Devil’s Bridge, the Wishing Chair and the Church at Malin Well.

The natural beauty and wildlife of the area also make an appearance, with the opening lines:

“Malin Head is the crown of Ireland/ We can play on our golden sands/ Dolphins swim in our deep blue sea/ At a crowded beach we are happy as can be.”

In fine voice... young singers from St Mary's National School taking part in the recording for the Malin Head song.

In fine voice... young singers from St Mary's National School taking part in the recording for the Malin Head song.

Singers and glockenspiel players pictured during the recording of the Malin Head song.

Singers and glockenspiel players pictured during the recording of the Malin Head song.