A ballad paying tribute to the late Dublin TD Tony Gregory has become a cult hit among his former constituents, it was revealed today.
Revered in the north-inner city for his efforts to alleviate deprivation and boost employment, the much-loved independent Dáil deputy died on January 2 after a long battle with cancer.
To pay tribute to his years of tireless community work, one of his biggest fans penned a musical tribute in his honour which has sold more than 200 copies since it went on sale in late September.
'One of Our Own' by Dublin band Bog O’the Loughs was first aired at a celebration party for Maureen O’Sullivan in October, who won Tony’s seat in a by-election last June.
Lead performer John Weafer said: “I was at his funeral and after I was thinking of all the emotion that was there, and the stuff in the papers after and I thought the man should be remembered because he was just fantastic.”
“I’d be an inner-city person myself and outsiders would never really realise what he did for our area.
“In the last recession I remember the stuff he did then, it seemed so courageous. He never lost sight of it. He was in one way a hero of mine.”
It is thought the majority of those who bought the single are friends and former constituents, but Mr Weafer hopes to attract a wider listenership in the new year.
A video has also been posted on You Tube with old photographs of Tony as the backdrop for the music.
Although he never held a Cabinet position, the independent TD was regarded as one of the country’s most recognised Dáil deputies.
The song was given its first public airing at the lighting of the Buckingham Street Christmas Tree in the north inner city, which commemorates all those who died from drug abuse.
Ms O’Sullivan said the song was a fitting tribute.
“It was very emotional just listening to that, and to think of all the times that Tony was at the tree,” she said.
“Last year was the first year that he missed it, and the previous year even though he was extremely ill, he was at the tree.
“The lyrics are very apt and there is a great sense of Tony’s work in the lyrics.”
The single is on sale through the Bog O’the Loughs website for €5.