Fil performs "The Homes of Donegal" with guitarist Steve
Cooney and "The Castle of Dromore" with Finbar
Furey and remembers the wonderful life of BRIDIE GALLAGHER "the
Girl from Donegal".
Including an interview
with Bridie herself, and with contributors Daniel O'Donnell, Hugo Duncan,
David Hammond, Bridie's son Jim Livingstone and others.
Gallagher was born in 1924 in Creeslough in the North of Donegal and
began her singing career singing at local dances and concerts before
moving to Belfast at the age of 14 where she continued to sing in shows
first single record "A Mother's Love's A Blessing"
was released in 1956, becoming an immediate success in Ireland and Britain
and leading to her first LP - "The Girl from Donegal" - which
quickly became the name that Bridie would be known by for the rest of
her life. This included her most famous recording, "The Boys from
the Co. Armagh".
has sold millions of records in a career that spanned the entire second
half of the 20th century and has influenced generations of country and
Irish stars including Daniel O'Donnell. Bridie retired from performing
in 2000 and still lives in Belfast.