Panti's opening monologue to 'Awesome Mná' - the first episode of Season 3 of Pantisocracy on RTÉ Radio 1
In an emotional show recorded just after the historic vote in the abortion referendum on May 25th Singers Karan Casey and Ciara Sidine join host Panti Bliss in an episode entitled ‘Awesome Mná’ exploring the voice of women in Ireland; the stories they tell and the songs they sing. Casey, an outstanding traditional and folk singer, kicked off the gender equality in music initiative Fair Plé earlier this year while Ciara Sidine’s work includes a powerful song in tribute to the memory of the women and babies of the Magdalene laundries and mother and baby institutions. Samantha Long, a Magdalene adoptee, shares the story of her birth mother Margaret. Joining them is Maynooth sociologist Linda Connolly author of The Irish Women’s Movement and playwright/actor Eva O’Connor whose work includes the play Maz & Bricks exploring themes affecting young Irish women today. In the provocative and timely show Ciara Sidine performs her songs ‘Finest Flower’ and ‘Trouble Come Find Me’ while Karan Casey sings a favourite Janis Ian one ‘I’m Still Standing Here’ as well as a song she wrote during the referendum campaign ‘Sister I’m Here for You’.
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