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The Whistle Blower

by Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish

This Album is a musical exploration spanning a period of 17 years in an attempt to deal creatively with a family trauma involving one of Ireland's best well known Miscarriages of Justices
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Board the Cork and Dublin Travelling Post Office While Justice Sleeps
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
5:32 album only
2. Lost Whistle
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
3:21 album only
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
3:31 album only
4. Amhrán na Mná
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
5:46 album only
5. Faoi Bhláth
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
3:37 album only
6. The Beginning and the End: Aftermath
Cormac Breatnach, Daire Bracken & Martin Tourish
4:45 album only
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Album Notes
"A fascinating and disturbing Album....The Whistle Blower is a cautionary tale for our times, a reminder of the effect of even a relatively small injustice on the lives of so many people, a compelling collection of music with a powerful message"

(Alex Monaghan Irish Music Magazine November 2018)


Track 1 - On Board The Cork and Dublin Travelling Post Office Train While Justice Sleeps [5:32]
Dedicated to my brother Osgur, who was 25 years old in 1976

The Cork and Dublin Travelling Post Office Train (C&DTPO) was robbed by the IRA outside Hazelhatch, near Sallins, Co. Kildare in the early hours of Wednesday, the 31st March, 1976. The image of this train has haunted me, serving as a metaphor for my personal and musical journey through my teenage years and into adulthood.
During the first Trial in the non-jury Special Criminal Court, one of the Judges kept falling asleep. This was brought to the attention of three courts, including The Supreme Court, which ruled that the judge in question was able to carry out his duties. However, he died four weeks later from a heart complaint, resulting in a second trial.

Track 2 - Lost Whistle [3:21]
Dedicated to my father Deasún, who introduced me to music

The title is a metaphor for lost innocence. As I became taciturn, one means of expression was lost, but another flourished. I found solace in music, which helped me communicate through another medium.

Track 3: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil [3:31]
Dedicated to my brothers Diarmuid and Oisin, who lived abroad, while Caoilte led the family campaign in Ireland to release Osgur, Brian and later, Nicky

In this miscarriage of justice, the Government, including the Judiciary, turned a blind eye to serious allegations of brutality and evidential flaws in the Sallins Case, while the Gardaí colluded to deny any wrongdoing.

Tracks 4 & 5: Amhrán Na Mná Faoi Bhláth
Track 4: Amhrán Na Mná [5:41]
Dedicated to the women in my family

Inspired by the 1980s poem from the late Liam Ó Muirthile, ‘Amhrán Na Mná Faoi Bhláth’ (The Song of the Flourishing Woman), these combined tracks are divided into two separate but linked melodies.

The first, ‘Amhrán na Mná’ (The Woman’s Song) is a contemplative air where I reflect on the resilience of the women in my family. My mother Lucí, my sister Lucilita and sisters-in-law, Anne-Marie, Irene, Petra and Ria all tried to maintain a sense of normality in the home while at the same time contributing to the ongoing, public campaign to release the accused.


Track 5: Faoi Bhláth [3:37]
‘Faoi Bhláth’ (Flourishing) is an upbeat and defiant melody signifying how inner strength and resilience can overcome adversity.

Track 6: The Beginning And The End: Aftermath [4:42]
Dedicated to my wife, Ger.

This melody symbolises wisdom and maturity, with, perhaps, an acceptance that there may never be a satisfactory resolution to this saga.

And finally……
I wish to also acknowledge the journalists who in the face of censorship and contempt of court never feared to break a story in the pursuit of truth, and to those lawyers who showed no fear in the pursuit of their clients’ interests.
In memoriam of barrister Aidan Browne, journalist Derek Dunne and solicitor Vincent Crowley.



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