As the countdown begins to the All Ireland Final on the 1st of September, our fair city’s creativity has gone through the roof with an explosion of new songs, videos, articles, social media memes and comedic sketches all celebrating the Dubs’ drive for 5 All Ireland titles in a row.
Dublin fans everywhere are embracing this once in lifetime opportunity to see Jim Gavin’s team do what no other GAA team has done before, and none more so than the creators of the brilliant dance song and video, the ‘Jive For Five’.
Shot at iconic locations around Dublin, it stars Ellie Redmond from Ballyboughal in North County Dublin, an emerging young singer with a voice as clear as a bell and a smile that would light up a darkened room. Dancers decked out in the Dublin colours jive to the up-beat tempo at Molly Malone’s statue, Copper Face Jacks and even up on the steps of the Hogan Stand in Croke Park.
“5, 6, 7, 8, we all think the Dubs are great” goes the chorus.
It’s as good a dance tune as anything you’ll hear on the radio and in keeping with the 5-in-a-row theme, the best news is that all the proceeds will go to five different charities that help the homeless (Pieta House, The Simon Community, ICHH, Peter McVerry Trust and Capuchin Day Centre).
The toe-tapping melody was written by Ellie’s father, Paul Redmond, a singer-song writer for some 40 years (look up The Promise, an Irish musical on YouTube) and choreographed by social dance teachers, Pat and Patricia Brady. A lifelong fan of Dublin GAA, Pat asked Paul to write a song for his beloved Dubs when they met at a chance meeting and voila! The ‘Jive For Five’ was born.
With over 6,000 people living in homeless emergency accommodation in Dublin, including over 2,000 children, Paul and Pat saw a golden opportunity to combine their creative talents and help people in need.
Homelessness is a theme that runs deep for the Redmond’s. Tragically, their family home burnt to the ground on the 27th of January, 2019 in a house fire. With the help, support and love of family, friends and neighbours, Paul and his family are only just getting slowly back to their feet and moving on with their lives after such a traumatic event.
The 'Jive For Five' is the Redmond’s way of giving something back.
So go on, download it now from iTunes or Google Play. Help the homeless and jive the night away when Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire for the 5th year in row.
Well done to the Redmond’s, the Brady’s and everyone involved in the project. A very worthy cause indeed.