Reeling in the nets for charity

Reeling in the nets for charity

The team from Swan Net Gundry join chart toppers Seo Linn on the Pier in Killybegs where they recorded "Fisherman's Blues" as Gaelige as a fundraiser for the RNLI. INDD 1808 Seo Linn 1 MVB

Ireland’s leading net manufacturer Swan Net Gundry, who are based in Killybegs, could well be responsible for the next No. 1 hit in the charts.

Two years ago, inspired by the late Martin Howley and SNG MD Evelyn Cassidy, the Killybegs company teamed up with the Irish language band Seo Linn to film an ‘as gaelige’ cover of The Waterboys hit ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ in aid of the RNLI

The band, who formed at Irish College, went viral after their cover of Avici’s ”Wake Me Up”in Irish received over 5 million views on YouTube.

The band are currently making a lot of waves in the US as a result of their performance in the official 1916 broadcast, as well as making the Irish language popular with both young and old once again.

The video features staff from Swan Net Gundry’s headquarters in Killybegs and the firm’s plant in Kilcar singing and swinging along with Seo Linn in a fun-filled shoot on location in Killybegs and Teelin harbours.

The video, which can be viewed on You Tube, raised sponsorship to the tune of €10,000 from SNG customers and suppliers.

Evelyn Cassidy told the Democrat yesterday that it gave her great pride to dedicate the music video to the memory of her friend and former colleague, Martin Howley.

“It is great to see this catching national attention, particularly today on Martin’s anniversary.

“Martin was a driving force behind this two years ago and he would be so proud of it; hearing people going around humming it and then the video which really showcases Killybegs and the surrounding area in such a great light.

She added, “We truly had a great compliment today when we received a Tweet from the Waterboys saying that it “Is the best cover version of our number and even better that it is “as Gaelige”.

“The music video is truly a fantastic collaboration between the tremendously talented Seo Linn and the hard working staff of Swan Net Gundry.

Continuing she said, “We hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it. The production has raised more than €10,000 for the RNLI which provides an essential and lifesaving service.

“ Let’s now get this to No.1 in the charts as a great tribute to Martin who is remembered with so much affection in the fishing industry in Ireland and beyond.”