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  • Writer's pictureCHRIS FARLIE

Molly & Maisie O'Reilly - Raise The Flag Molly


The last time we heard from Molly & Maisie O'Reilly they were waiting on a "White Wexford Christmas" and now a few years down the line their next release comes out at Easter. This one however has less to do with egg based festivities, instead dealing with events in Irish history, ones that curiously involve a Molly O'Reilly who aged 14, was to raise a Citizens Army flag over Liberty Hall a week before the Easter Rising. She was so small that she had to be lifted on to a chair to hoist the flag.

To a background of gently picked guitar, the latter day Molly sings as if she were her historic namesake


"Well I wasn't expecting the sun to shine

So brightly on this Easter morning

So I said to myself sure this must be a sign

That a new day is a dawning"


The chorus is one that musically swells with pride - rising like the flag.


"Raise the flag Molly, high in the sky Molly

O rise the flag for the freedom of Ireland

Raise the flag Molly O'Reilly"


The lyrics cover very much view the events through the eyes of a young girl seeing the dights of her home town from a great height for the very first time whether it be the people in their finery going to the races in the opening verse or just being able to see so much "of Dublin's fair city" in the second.


It all comes with a suitably evocative video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oqduHv8vuo


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