Local singer and song writer, Bronagh Lynch, has produced a new CD called “Beyond the Blue” and she will be performing at Newry's new live music venue The Jam Pot next Friday, 19th Februarywhere sales from the CD will raise funds for the Brain Injury Foundation.

The CD which features a number of her own songs and a number of other songs by singers or songwriters who have influenced her life. The CD is in aid of the Brain Injury Foundation and was recorded by Peter McNulty in the Jammin Factory Recording Studio at the Win Industrial Estate .

Bronagh said “I started writing songs about 3 years ago when my mother became ill and I was spending evenings with her.  My mum had difficulty communicating and so I would play the guitar and sing to her.  I have often wondered would I have written the songs if my mum had not become ill…

The inspiration for my songs came from my dreams, personal experiences and life in general - the positives and the negatives. I viewed the recording of my songs just as a nice pastime for myself and very much enjoyed the craic with the people I met at the Jammin Factory Recording Studio in Newry.  I had no intentions of recording an album as it wasn’t something that I felt I needed to do, that is until my mentor, Peter MacAnulty from the Jammin Factory, said I should consider doing it for charity – it was then that I thought differently about it and Peter patiently and skilfully guided me through the whole recording and production process.

Beyond the Blue

I am only too aware of the many people who give of their time to people in need.  I have so much admiration for the doctors and nurses who took great risks in caring for Ebola patients. There are tremendous good deeds that many people do in trying to make their communities and their world a better place.  The brave acts of courage from people who inspire us...the list is endless, but one young man’s courage in particular has inspired me. Mohamed refused to become a child killer and in refusing to conform, his punishment was the amputation of his right hand and left foot in a public arena. It is people like Mohamed who inspire us to always be courageous even in the face of the greatest of adversities.

This is an opportunity for me to give back to society and there was no doubt in my mind as to which charity I would choose. Through my work and through family connections I have somewhat of an understanding of the impact of stress on family and carers, and their commitment to caring for loved ones who have experienced brain injury and so that is why I have chosen ‘The Brain Injury Foundation’ [BIF] to receive the proceeds from the sale of ‘Beyond The Blue’.

My cousin, Diane Rooney, is the mother of and the full time carer for her daughter Duana.  Diane has often said that ‘’since joining BIF our lives are much more meaningful and purpose driven.  We have developed tremendous friendships and support network, I no longer feel alone, its home from home.’’

Duana informed me that she had wanted to go to college like other young girls but had had a bad experience at college when told that she wasn’t ‘near standard or good enough to do office work’. BIF has given Duana the opportunity to feel she is needed, respected and valued as a worker as she is now very much involved in the daily office duties of BIF. ‘’ I love what I do. I give my work 500%. I have become a perfectionist.  It brings me back to a time when I had a real part-time job’’.

My album ‘Beyond The Blue’ is primarily for the survivors of brain injury.  I would be so happy if a word, a phrase or the melody of one of my songs brings a smile to someone’s face or helps someone feel that they are not alone.”

“Beyond the Blue” is being launched on Friday 19th February at 9pm in the Jam Pot at Rosie O’Grady’s, Canal Street, Newry when Bronagh will perform some of her songs and she will be joined by a number of other singers and musicians. All are welcome to attend.

Bronagh has dedicated the album to her late mother and father and to her brother and sister who are also deceased. Copies of the CD will be on sale on the night and can also be ordered from the Foundation’s centre, “Our House” Camlough Road, Newry Tel 30839943 or email Copies are £10 each.

Frank Dolaghan, Chair of the Brain Injury Foundation speaking before the launch said, “ This is a most generous and innovative fund raising project and we are deeply indebted to Bronagh and all her colleagues for the effort they have put into the production of “Beyond the Blue” and we hope many people will turn up to hear the first performance of the album and of course to buy their own copies.”

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