Hermitage Green singer Barry Murphy has released a song in honor of Irish rugby legend Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley.
ormer Munster rugby player Murphy said writing the song about the late Munster coach was an “emotional” experience.
“Axel was so close to his father Brendan, his love for the game came from sitting in the dressing room with him and my relationship with rugby came from the same place, sitting in the bohemian dressing room with my dad Mick,” Murphy said.
“I feel very connected to that, but as soon as I started writing, I felt this weight.
“That’s why I took so long to do it, because it’s hard to face the song that has such emotional pulls.”
The song “Alone You Stand” is released on the fifth anniversary of Foley’s sudden death due to heart problems and will be played at the Aviva Stadium this weekend during Ireland’s Autumn International clash with New Zealand on Saturday 13th. November.
All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Orla’s Wild Ways charity, a new project developed by Orla Foley in memory of her late brother.
Orla said she asked Murphy to write a song for the beloved Munster coach after he died.
“Later hours after Anthony’s death Barry called Anthony’s home and immediately we told Baz, you have to write a song for Anthony now.
“Every time I met Barry, I would ask how the song came about. He would say, ‘Orla, I just have a writer’s block, nothing comes.’ Fast forward four years and on Anthony’s birthday Barry had a nice song for Anthony, Alone You Stand , which he kindly donated to the charity fundraiser I was inspired to undertake in memory of Anthony, ”she said.
Orla cycled 3,000 km from the Wild Atlantic Road to raise funds for three Irish charities.
“Orla’s Wildways saw me cycling 3,000 km from the wild Atlantic road for four months separated by a 10-month fee to the enclosures and work,” she said.
“To date, we have raised over € 9,000 for three amazing CRY charities that provide screening and free counseling on mourning for families at risk of Sudden Adult Death, CARI, which provide free support and counseling for victims of child sexual abuse and their families .and the Midwest Cancer Foundation.
“It was a beautiful journey and a tribute to Anthony in celebration of all the years we have had him on this earth. One of the wonderful parts of this journey is the generosity of all the wonderful souls who have helped this fundraiser.”
For more details, see: https://www.idonate.ie/ORLASWILDWAYS