Mise Éire – Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland with Sibéal Ní Chasaide

Poem ‘Mise Éire’ composed by Patrick Pearse in which the poet personifies Ireland as an old woman who has been sold by her children. Music by Seán Ó Riada. Performed by Sibéal Ní Chasaide and the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland at the official opening of 2016 Ireland Commemorations in the Conference Centre, Dublin on New Years Day.

Mise Éire
Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra

Mise Éire
Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.

Mór mo ghlóir
Mé a rug Cú Chulainn cróga.

Mór mo náir
Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.

Mór mo bhrón
D’éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.

Mise Éire
Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra

Mise Éire
Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland was invited by Minister Heather Humphreys and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to host a special event as part of the Ireland 2016 State Centenary Programme with a showcase Peace Proms performance at the Convention Centre Dublin on 1 January 2016.

The event, which was hosted by Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. and performed before an audience of over 2,000 invited guests, was recorded for national broadcast.

The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is composed of over 100 exceptionally talented young musicians from all over Ireland – north and south. Over the past 20 years, the CBOI has played an important role in building and nurturing vital cross border and cross community relations.

This internationally acclaimed and award winning youth orchestra has performed to sell out audiences at all major venues in Ireland, and many throughout the world including Carnegie Hall New York (2005 and 2014); the Royal Albert Hall, London; Boston Symphony Hall; Chicago Symphony Hall; and the Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai; the World Trade Expo, Shanghai where they won an international music award for “Outstanding Performance”.

As the orchestra of first choice for National celebrations and commemorations, the CBOI has had the honour of performing for Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle and for Presidents and Ambassadors at Áras and Uachtaráin and Dublin Castle.

The CBOI also plays a vital role in enhancing Music and Arts Education in Ireland and beyond through their Peace Proms program.  Peace Proms is a choral education program which impacts 20,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This programme is recognised as Ireland’s most valuable Arts Education initiative.

The CBOI plays a unique blend of symphonic traditional and folk music, which evokes the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. This full symphony orchestra also incorporates traditional instruments for example Uilleann Pipes and Bagpipes. Their core message is one of universal peace and remains central to their music and mission.

Originally funded through EU Peace Funds, the CBOI is now self-supporting and depends on the generosity of donors and sponsors.



Greg Beardsell


Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland


32-County Children’s Choir, Irish Youth Choir & Ulster Youth Choir


Patricia Treacy, Violin, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Singer, Megan Ruby Walsh, Soprano, Sarah Richmond, Mezzo Soprano, Aimee Banks, Singer, Cormac Keegan, Uilleann Pipes (All Ireland Champion)

Irish Dance

Aine Malone, (U16 Ulster and World Champion), Anna McCann (U16 runner up Ulster and World Champion), Orlaith Hollywood (U14 World Champion)

Ulster Scots Dance

Michelle Johnston, Highland Dance (8 times Ulster Champion), Ellie Andrews (16) (Ulster Juvenile Champion), Rebekah Keery (13) (Ulster Junior Champion)

Pipes Corps

Colmcille Pipe and Drum Corps, Derry (World Champions)



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