• International Day of Sign Languages

    Thousands of you have enjoyed the Irish Sign Language version of The Irish Blessing which was posted to our channel on the 5th June 2020. To celebrate the International Week of Deaf People (20th-26th September) and the International Day of Sign Languages (23rd September), we are releasing the original video of The Irish Blessing overlayed with Aisling Drogoi’s ISL version so that both can be enjoyed together. The video will be released at 12am on the 23rd September, on our YouTube Channel. Please share the video widely with your family and friends to honour our deaf brothers and sisters and the wonderful contribution they make to our society. We thank…

  • The Irish Blessing Live

    To mark St. Patrick’s Day 2021, approximately one year since COVID restrictions began, we are grateful to our friends in New Irish Arts and Orchestra for providing us with the first ever live performance of The Irish Blessing which can now be viewed on our YouTube Channel. This performance was part of PATRICK – an online event with music and stories celebrating Ireland’s Patron Saint, which was broadcast live from St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on the 13th March. Click here to view the free event in its entirety. The words of St. Patrick’s Breastplate feature as the climax of The Irish Blessing. May these ancient words continue to provide comfort,…

  • The Irish Blessing – A Live Performance

    What a treat we have for fans of The Irish Blessing. On the 13th March at 8pm, New Irish Choir & Orchestra, directed by Jonathan Rea, (also the Musical Director of The Irish Blessing), will be performing a version of The Irish Blessing LIVE at an online event from St. Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, to celebrate the life of Ireland’s Patron Saint, Patrick. Please share this information far and wide. Tickets for the event are free and can be obtained by clicking the link below: Patrick – live from St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast — New Irish Arts or pasting this URL into your browser: https://www.newirisharts.com/events/2021/3/1/patrick-music-and-stories-celebrating-irelands-patron-saint    

  • Congratulations and Blessings

    We extend our congratulations to the Musical Director of The Irish Blessing and Creative Director of New Irish Arts, Jonathan Rea, who has been awarded a BEM for his services to music, in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours list. Jonathan said; “In accepting the award, I do so with gratitude to God and to all the lovely people I’ve been privileged to collaborate with… I hope and pray it won’t be too long before we can make live music together again.”   For those of us for whom music has been a great source of comfort during this time, we are conscious that it is a most difficult time for musicians and…

  • Churches in Ireland Blog

    Churches in Ireland is a devoting a series of posts on its blog to the story of The Irish Blessing and how it evolved from an idea, sparked by the international recordings of “The Blessing,” by Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes, into a million+ viewed video and song, with a global reach and resonance. It is a truly remarkable story and the blog will detail the whole journey from idea to reality, with insights from Philip McKinley and Fr. Martin Magill. You can read the first post in the series here. Enjoy!

  • Service of Healing Features Irish Blessing

    The Irish Blessing was featured in a special service of healing which was broadcast on RTE yesterday from the chapel of Cork University Hospital. The service, by the Church of Ireland’s Ministry of Healing Ireland, was led by Lesley Robinson from the RTÉ studio and Canon Daniel Nuzum, Chairman of the Ministry of Healing Ireland. Click here to watch the service on the RTE Player.

  • A Million Views

    Overnight The Irish Blessing reached ONE MILLION views on our YouTube Channel!  This means that since its release 52 days ago, the Irish Blessing has been viewed an average of: 134,615 times per week, 19,231 times per day, 801 times per hour, 13 times per minute. In that time, our team has received many emails from people, telling us how much The Irish Blessing has meant to them at this difficult time, some sharing their very personal stories and how The Irish Blessing has given them strength or provided comfort. We are truly humbled by this and we give all the glory to our great God, who cannot be outdone in…


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